The runup to Christmas went by in a blur. The traffic jams around Manila and the rush to buy gifts are the very things I dread about the season. But somehow I managed to dodge the pressure that goes with all these and was even excited to buy gifts for everybody. Overall, it’s been a good year for the family and it would just be selfish not to share and remember people, even with little things.
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I remember being pregnant with our daughter Lucia last year and see how so much of our life has changed with her arrival. Nothing beats coming home from my graveyard shift and collecting smiles from our sweet baby girl. The twins, who have easily adjusted to their role as older sisters, suddenly became camera savvy at recording their youngest sibling’s expressions for Facebook. With the baby around, I am reminded once again how Christmas is for children and how Christmas is about the baby in a manger who led us Christians to salvation.
Yes, Christmas is all about gifts… not just gifts of the tangible kind but also those which extend beyond material things. In our case, it was the gift of another life borne into this world and her continued health and growth. The gift of my older children’s transformations and knowing that they’ll soon be responsible adults. The gift of love and laughter from my loved ones. The gift of everything that God continues to bless us with and for which we will always be thankful.
Let me then thank you for reading this space in 2010. Unknown names and faces some of you may be…. still I thank you for your presence, otherwise there might not be a blog like this at all. From our house to yours…. a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!:)