Week 52 is all about family holiday traditions.
My family at home is very big on family traditions. We usually have a big family party at the garden of my Auntie Mary Ann. With a family as big as ours, potluck is the way to go. After dinner, and to pass time, we have games for the young and the young at heart. Everyone participates and winners have prizes to take home. Gift giving is done just before midnight and children below 18 get one from each family or married couple. Then the yearly Monito-Monita (Mommy-Baby) exchange gift is held. Each one is given the opportunity to give a special message to his/her baby. After gift giving, our family gathers together in the buffet food area where a huge pot of ‘Lelot’ (home cooked rice and chicken, from our Grandmother’s recipe) is. The elders usually says a prayer of thanksgiving and each one takes part of the food. Eating Lelot has been a part of every Christmas party I have been since I was born and it will continue on as long as there is an Arellano living.
This year marked a new Christmas tradition for the hubby and me. We had our Christmas dinner in a restaurant called The Apartment at Suria Mall below the Petronas Towers. In almost four months, this was my first picture with the Towers.
Our Christmas may not be as big and grand as what my family had in Manila nonetheless Din and I had a great time celebrating our first Christmas in a new country we now call home.