A Quiet Christmas

It is my sixth Christmas without my big family and the usual festivities. It is my fourth Christmas away from the Philippines. 

While most of the Pinoys in Bangkok go home for the holidays, Jed and I chose to stay here in Bangkok. It may seem sad because we are away from our big family & friends, and then Thailand do not really celebrate Christmas. 

Come to think of it, our small family is complete here. I only need my husband and kids. I can spend Christmas anywhere as long as I am with them. 

Because our family has grown and Javi is more aware now of what Christmas is, we start to make our own tradition. 

So how did last Christmas go for us?

We did wait for Christmas eve and held our own noche buena. Javi opened his remaining gifts. We did not introduce Santa Claus as I wanted him to associate Christmas more with Christ and not Santa. 

For Christmas morning, I cooked pancakes for my boys. That was fun! 

We invited a Filipino family here in Bangkok for lunch. They are going back to the Philippines soon so it served as a despedida for them. 

With the Espinosas and Raya
As Christmas is a Wednesday, it is not  holiday in Thailand. We figured it would be a good idea to watch a movie. We headed over to Central World and watched The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It was a long movie but our dear kiddos slept through the entire movie so Jed and I watched uninterrupted. Yay!

The giant Christmas tree at Central World
On the same floor as the movie house is the restaurant, Din Tai Fung. We all love their xiao long bao so why not have it for dinner. 

Our favorite xiao long bao

Jed and I shopped a little after dinner. We bought gym clothes. Yes, it would be a good idea to end 2013 working out so the good habit carries over 2014.

My favorite moment of the day was when Javi would sing for Caleb and the latter was too happy playing with his Kuya. This happened during shopping time. 

The brothers

Our Christmas was so different and quiet compared to what we would have if we spent it in the Philippines.  I actually prefer our celebration here. I got to do the things I wanted to do and it was not stressful at all.

So how did you celebrate your Christmas?

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