Friday, December 26, 2008

We sleep on Christmas Eve

Yesterday I've been with my father to do Christmas grocery shopping at KCC Mall. As in Manila, the mall was packed with people rushing to buy fruit cocktails, pastas, and hams, just in time for the noche buena that night.

Tatay and I were on my mother's strict instructions to buy the tried and tested ingredients she'd use for her salad. My mother doesn't cook (and seriously, you don't want her to), but her salad is something we anticipate annually.

In my family, I can only remember a few instances when we stayed up late and actually celebrated Christmas Eve. We'd usually sleep on it. My mother gets migraines when her sleep is disturbed. My father spontaneously dozes off. And because sleep is infectious, we kids curl up in bed, too. I mean, what do we do? All the lights are out, and everything's quiet, except for the dogs who squeal when the neighbors' fireworks explode.

But that's not to say we don't, uhm, celebrate. We just do it earlier, the noche buena. Saves us a lot of hassle. You should try it, too.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah, so ur family's in manila right now?!

merry Christmas.

well, as for us, we're in auckland staying with our relatives.

-paul v.

Fri Dec 26, 05:57:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha. mali yata intindi ko.
-paul v.

Fri Dec 26, 05:59:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Lance said...

paul v.: Mali nga sa una! Hahaha. Ang saya dito. Ganda ng Teletubbies pics mo sa Multiply ah, tawang-tawa ako!

Sun Dec 28, 02:55:00 PM GMT+8  

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