Saturday, December 27, 2008

It's a quiet Christmas

On the 24th of December, we attended the mass and visited grandma's tomb with the kids merrily singing Jingle bells'.

We then we picked opa up. He's spending Christmas days with us.

If we are busy with each other, here's what it looks like at home. Opa would find a corner to read while the kids will go to their own corner to play.

On the 25th of December, the kids wanted to watch the TV and opa remained interested with reading.

Such cozy scenes I would recommend.

It was a solemn Christmas for us because we simply missed the presence of someone special to us. And yet, it was not too solemn for the kids not to enjoy their presents and have fun with the family.

We cooked meals together, we prepared the tables together, we cleaned the tables together, we toasted the Christmas days together, we sang together, we opened our gifts together, we played together, we sat together to chat and reminisce.

But it was during the big pauses, the gaps of silence -- that we feel the togetherness with grandma's memories. Thus, we truly savored this quiet Christmas.

And I ask you to say prayers to some close friends. One lost her mom on Christmas day, a few weeks after loosing their dad. And another one's mom is diagnosed with widespread bone cancer. To you dear friends and your family, be strong and keep your faith in Him.


Bebedores do Gondufo said...

Good blog.

Carthak said...

Mami kengks, Im with my girdlfren during xmas day..

ang hirap pag isahin ang pamilya lalo na magkalayo layo ang mga places namin..

babawi ako sa amma ko sa janaury sa bday nya nalang..

naiyak ako sa huli mong huhu..missed my pops!


Anonymous said...

Christmas will always be meaningful with your family around, no matter how small, even if you lost a part of it, the remaining members will always be there to cheer you up!

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hello Raq,
I'm sorry to hear for your kids loosing their grandma. They are very lucky to have memories of her. My warmest wishes for you and your family.

haze said...

Hey, we celebrated a quiet Christmas too, just between us. Though 25th was a white Christmas we're in the Alpes skiing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Raq,
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you.
And I truly agree - sometimes it is the quiet times, where words are not spoken that we feel the togetherness. Precious time indeed.
Thanks for sharing the pics. It spoke volumes.

Anonymous said...

Those gaps of silence are at times awkward but needed to be able to cope with the loss.

Christmas is about love and family and that is what I see in your photos :)