I normally don’t get stuck with holiday shopping at the last minute. I always start buying gifts as early as September and October so that I can concentrate on the more expensive buys for my family members during the first half of December. By now, I am 99.99% finished with it. The gifts are all wrapped, tagged and neatly placed under the Christmas tree.
I just need to get something for the village staff members who do an assortment of errands and small favors for me the whole year through. Not a big decision to discern. But should I just give them cash or small material gifts? Oh well, I might end up giving them both anyways. The 6 security guards in our homeowners’ association have already received theirs yesterday.
I have lost count of my god-children. Except for a few who always get toys and/or new clothes, I set aside some crisp bills to be handed out on the 25th (or anytime between Christmas and New Year should they decide to come knocking by my door) which they actually prefer. Gives them the freedom in buying what they really want for themselves.
Tonight, just like Christmas Eves of many years past, the whole family will be gathered in my mom’s house for sumptuous dinner, yummy noche buena, and exchanging of gifts. And the household helps are always part of the fun. I’m sure my two nephews and oldest niece will take charge of mixing drinks for everyone, and my lovable niece Ishi will be at the forefront of entertaining everyone with her cute antics and juvenile flamboyance.
To you, my regular readers, I sincerely hope that your Christmas will be merry. Enjoy the quality time of bonding with your loved ones because there’s nothing quite like celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ in the spirit of joy and togetherness.