It has been our dilemma though for the the past 11 years as to where to spend Christmas eve, with my then fiancee for 10 year's family or my family. Since our houses are just a few kilometers apart, we have always managed to stay in one house together then jump to the other before midnight strikes. Still a hard decision to make year after year.
This 2010 was a bit different. Since my sister decided to spend xmas in Ilocos Norte with her in-laws. Along with her is my niece and another sibling and my older brother was stuck in Manila due to work leaving only four of us back home, we decided to combine both families and celebrate noche buena together.
Its was our first time to do this. Go to another house and celebrate with another family. It turned out to be a very good experience. Me and my wife are very happy knowing that our parents get along well. Weddings are really a union of two families and its nice to know that long after the ceremonies are over, both families are still in good relationship. Christmas for me is really about family and intimacy.......
Our moms enjoyed cooking together while our fathers chatted over alcohol. Teresa and i were busy assisting them and making sure the kids also had a good time.
We make it a point to brave 6 hours of bus ride, additional 30 minutes by tricycle and another 45minutes by boat just to get home. We do it not just for our parents but for the kids as well. After all, Christmas is for them. We make it a point that we spend quality time with them. Prepare some games so as to keep them awake till midnight and make Christmas the most memorable time of the year for them.
I sometimes think that it takes so much effort and financial resources to go back to our hometown just to spend the holidays with our love ones.But with families as caring as ours and a place as lovely and peaceful as Anda, I think of the entire experience as more of a vacation.
I thought Christmas in the countryside is really special because its more intimate. And that's how I want to spend every Christmas of every year. No matter how simple it maybe, it's best spent with your family.......