We Asked Bloggers What Their Best Christmas Memories Are and Their Answers Will Melt Your Heart8 December 2021
Christmas, without a doubt, is one of the most awaited holidays of the year. This is the time of reconnections, parties, reunions, and unending food trips. In short, 'tis the season to be jolly.
For many of us, the holidays bring about some of our fondest and most vivid memories. Maybe it's the memory of waking up early to catch the first Simbang Gabi mass with your friends or sharing puto bumbong and hot tea with your crush. Or that time when you got so excited to cook your mom's legendary sweet spaghetti recipe without supervision. Maybe it's also the memory of spying your most requested gift under your Christmas tree. Or perhaps gathering on the couch to watch Love Actually, Home Alone series, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
While the gift-giving, stop dance challenges, and classic Christmas films make the holidays fun, it is always the special moments with your loved ones that truly matter. That's the beauty of reminiscing about the past Christmas celebrations—we get to remember what is truly important to us.
We asked three bloggers what their best Christmas memories are, and their answers involve one common thing—family.
But in the midst of it all, how does one celebrate Christmas in the time of a pandemic? Read on to find out what these bloggers have to say.
The Beauty of Simple Celebrations
While some book their Christmas holidays out of town or splurge on a holiday feast in hotels, Belle Betsy Aguilar of MommyBellePH shares that even with a simple celebration, they were beyond happy because they are complete in the most wonderful time of the year.
"I think the most memorable Christmas was last year because I got to spend Christmas with the whole family, and I was the one who organized our simple celebration," shares Belle.
To her, the best Christmas means something as simple as being with the family. She admits that what she misses the most about celebrating the holidays before the pandemic is going to the malls and seeing the Christmas vibes everywhere they go.
While Christmas celebrations have been different since the pandemic came, Belle still sees a silver lining to that.
"I think the pandemic helps us value time for each other, especially during this season," tells Belle.
This year, Belle will celebrate Christmas with the whole family over a simple dinner. She even looks forward to buying presents and Christmas shirts for the whole family.
That Time When the Family Was Complete
Every holiday season, one of the things that we all look forward to is being home with the whole family. That is the time when the group gathers together to catch up with one another's lives, recall past funny moments, and share meals together.
But as for JL Aquino of Blog-PH.com, Christmas this 2021 and the years to come will be so much different. When we asked him what his most memorable Christmas was, JL said: "Back when we are still complete! When my dad and my kuya were still alive."
To him, the best Christmas is when you are with your family and loved ones, sharing food and simple gifts with one another.
The pandemic truly affected the way we celebrate holidays, and it's really difficult, especially if you can't be with your loved ones.
"We can't visit our relatives as much as we like, and we started to limit our holiday food since only a few loved ones will get to visit us," JL shares.
But aside from that, JL also admits that he misses seeing lots of people in one venue and exchanging warm hugs and kisses.
These days, even with the high number of COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, we still can't do the things we used to do back when there was no social distancing because there are still COVID-19 cases, and worse, a new variant has been discovered.
While we can't interact with our loved ones the way we used to before, we can still spread the holiday cheer through virtual Christmas parties or e-numan sessions.
As for JL, he will be celebrating Christmas this year with his mom and brother. "Since we moved to a new house, we're gonna celebrate with just my mom and my brother. My sister is in Australia and can't go home like she usually does every holiday due to the pandemic," shares JL.
It's really going to be a different Christmas for JL and his family, but they won't let long-distance hinder their holiday celebration.
"Thanks to technology like Zoom & Google Meet, my sister who is abroad will get to join us on Christmas Eve. We're not gonna celebrate it extravagantly, just a simple Christmas food. What is important is, I'm with my loved ones," tells JL.
That First Time the Family Was Complete on Christmas
If you are someone whose life revolves mostly around work, you might end up regretting it. While there is nothing wrong with hustling so hard, it is still important you keep a balance between office hours and spending time with your loved ones.
Before the pandemic, many people found it hard to go home for the holidays, especially if their hometown is far from the Metro. The traffic was terrible, long queues at the bus station, fully-booked transportation tickets…the list just goes on. So the result is, many people spend their holidays far from home.
But when the pandemic came, companies have implemented work from home where employees could work remotely. Thus, those who had rented a place in Manila went back to their provinces and worked there. Aside from being more affordable, life in the province is the breather employees need during these tough times. The work-from-home setup has given so many people a good chance of returning home to be with their families. And this includes Reginald Agsalon of I AM REG.
"Last year might not be the happiest Christmas for everyone, but for me, it is my family's most memorable. It is our first time in years to be completed as a family because my two other siblings and I were relocated for work," shares Reginald.
To him, the best Christmas for me is a Christmas with the people you love.
Last year was extra memorable for him because that was the first time their family was complete after so many years. However, it will also be the last one as Reginald lost his grandmother.
"It will also be our last Christmas that we are complete since lola passed away last November. It was a simple celebration, but the joy we feel is unexplainable. I still remember the laughter and stories we shared and how lola is happy as her "apos" are again complete," recalls Reginald.
Reginald also shares how he misses shopping for Christmas gifts especially during pre-pandemic times. While the pandemic made it a lot more challenging for many people to celebrate the holidays, Reginald believes that there is still something good during these trying times.
"I think the pandemic changed how we celebrate Christmas by letting us realize the true meaning of Christmas, which is sharing and loving each other. Also, Christmas during the pandemic is simple, but more family centered," shares Reginald.
This year, Reginald and his family will celebrate Christmas just how they did it last year—simple.
"Though we will no longer be complete with the loss of lola, we will try our best to be happy and just celebrate lola's life," Reginald says.
From celebrating the holidays complete with the family—exchanging funny stories, playing party games—to the loss of someone, reminiscing our best Christmas memories can bring us both sad and happy emotions. But the good thing about recalling our past Christmases is that we usually find that the simplest things are the ones that give us genuine happiness. Gifts and cards make the holidays memorable, but the best Christmas memories are made up of the simple things in life, as simple as being with the ones you love.
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