Oh, I had the longest celebration this year. It started from the the Christmas eve mass where I went to two different churches. First, to Mary Help of Christians and then to St. John. I attended the mass at St. John's as the other church had the mass in Thai.
I had great a time in MHCC though, as they had a Christmas program of some dancing and singing. There was also of course this Filipino group joined by Rev. Fr. Tamayo singing the Christmas Carols.
I got early at St. John. I went there alone and found a seat for myself. It was good to know that my colleauge in the university was also attending the mass. She was with her husband. I found out from her that our work holidays would be extended although she told me she wasn't so sure about the info. Anyway, we finished the mass and had St. John's traditional Christmas eve potluck. It was so great to have various Filipino dishes and the mood for feast was just so perfect. I did love the food and I did love the crowd. I knew a couple of Filipinos in there but I was basically all by myself. Good thing being with Filipinos is that despite of you being alone, you'd never feel that way.
Christmas day, the 25th was at work. We had series of parties and games for kids, exchanging gifts, too. The kids were all happy and you know, it really feels a lot better being surrounded by young ones. Their energy and their innocence are just fantastic and that becomes double when they are happy.
There were foods, balloons and freebies.... those made the day really fun. Our students are generally Buddhist but they, too celebrate Christmas and still in the same spirit of joy and giving.
I was definitely at work on Christmas day eerr........I had Christmas day at work and I did love it!