This was our Christmas Eve family photo from 2019
Truth be told, we’ve all had better Christmas celebrations in the past. But this year, the one adjective that would make the observance special is #intimate.
No big gatherings, no lavish buffet spreads, no games, no noisy banterings and no flooding of gifts. Just pure, simple and heartfelt togetherness of lockdown companions or the closest of family members.
After all, an intimate Christmas will allow us to focus on the true Celebrant and not just our personal happiness.
#MerryChristmas, everyone! May the true spirit of the Holiday Season embrace our hearts so that we can give back tenfold of the love and let the pure joy of giving become a part of our lives.
This Christmas, I would like to show my gratitude to different national and provincial organizations that have invited normannorman.com for various pageant judgings, mentorships and out-of-town coverage. Your trust means a whole lot to me:
Miss Kuyamis 2019, Mutia Ti Santol 2019, Ginoo at Binibining Laguna 2019, Mr & Ms Spcf 2019, Ginoo at Binibining Mayondon 2019, Mr. Gay World Philippines 2019, Reyna Ng Aliwan 2019, Miss Tacloban 2019, Ambassador & Ambassadress of the Philippines 2019, Miss Philippines Earth 2019 Talent Competition, Miss Las Liñas Waterlily Festival 2019, Mrs. Cebu – Philippines Pageant 2019, Miss Bicolandia 2019, Miss Earth 2019 in Misamis Oriental, Miss Lobo 2019, Ginoong Pilipinas 2019, Miss Bikini Philippines 2019 and Mister Teen Burauen 2019
Also, I want to give special thanks to the Miss World Philippines Organization for giving me one of a few special access for the coverage of Mr World 2019 here in the country.
And lastly, to my readers/followers/critics and friends, thank you for continuously keeping me on my toes and fanning the flames of passion in my heart for pageantry!
#MerryChristmas and may your heart be full of joy and contentment!
This is the time to be merry. Ceasefire on negativity, intrigues bashings and all things unpleasant.
All our Queens (and Kings) – major or minor in title – have done their best to bring pride to our country. Let us continue to celebrate them instead of looking at where to nitpick or say something to pull down their hard work and dedication.
Merry Christmas to one and all!
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray
Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla
Miss Asia-Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel
Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 George Reylor de Lumen
Miss Multinational 2018 Sophia Senoron
Miss Tourism Worldwide 2018 Zara Carbonell
Miss Landscapes International 2018 Karen Grace Atienza
Miss Summer World 2018 Kacey Coleen Lim
Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler wants you to have the Happiest of Holidays!
Maligayang Pasko mula kay Miss World 2013 Megan Young
It may be hotter in the Philippines, but the breezy temperature outside during December is enough to make me want everyday to feel like Christmas. And since it’s now officially the 25th of the 12th month where I live, allow me to greet everyone the Merriest of Christmases.
Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell bringing some Christmas fun to the kids.
This year may not have measured up to our glorious 2013 in pageantry, but there will always be good reasons to smile and look forward to in the very near future. Next month, perhaps?
In the meantime, I will share a wonderfully feel-good music video of the adaptation of a love-filled Christmas song as sung by two of my favorites, Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé.
courtesy of Idina Menzel
And since Christmas is also about food both calorie-ful and savory, here’s a video of Donal Skehan – my guilty pleasure of an Irish Chef – preparing a yuletide treat for your sweet tooth.
courtesy of Donald Skehan
Enjoy the Holidays! 😀
I must admit that 2012 has not been the easiest period for me. Truth be told, the downs outnumbered the ups. Goes to show that Dragons do not necessarily have the best of times in a Dragon Year. But nothing is as more guaranteed in lifting my spirit as the celebration of Christmas, be it with family members, partner or friends. I just want to share my cheeriest and most love-filled greeting to everyone who has been part of my blog’s journey the past twelve months – regulars, followers, lurkers, trolls. May you have the warmest December 25th! 🙂
Freshly-wrapped rice cakes for breakfast? Paired with hot choco or a good cup of coffee, I’d gladly exchange my plate of bacon and eggs for some today.
Here’s Emma Watson from Harry Potter with her Christmas message:
video courtesy of Watsonuncensored
It’s Britney Spears’ turn to greet:
video courtesy of thej2man
And now it’s Ellen Degeneres and Britney Spears Christmas Caroling:
video courtesy of SviAlex
Lastly, here’s our very own Charice performing “Jingle Bell Rock” at the Rockefeller Center:
video courtesy of chariceconcert
In Spanish, it’s Feliz Navidad!
In French, it’s Joyeux Noel!
In Brazilian, it’s Feliz Natal!
In Korean, it’s Sung Tan Chuk Ha!
In Cantonese, it’s Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun!
In Finnish, it’s Hyvaa joulua!
In Tagalog, it’s Maligayang Pasko!
You can say the phrase in any language wherever you are around the world, but the joyous message remains the same – MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
And may I just add the far more important greeting for today……HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS CHRIST!!!
Your blogger (in khaki jeans and gray shirt) with his employees during the company Christmas Party held a few days ago.
Getting wacky for the camera!
MALIGAYANG PASKO SA INYONG LAHAT!!!
My Christmas wish for everyone? A truckload of smiles and happiness all throughout the Holiday Season!