Post-Christmas Family Date

When I got married, I made it clear with the hubby that I wanted to spend Christmas with my side of the family every year. We actually arrived at a setup that suits the both of us — Christmas at my parents’ place in Naic with my family and New Year at our marital home in Bacoor with his. This way, we get to be with our respective families on these two special occasions. And so far, it’s been working greatly for us. Everybody happy.

it’s a yellow Christmas for the Mabalay family!

This year, our Christmas traditions as a family (my side) live on. The hubby and I spent Christmas with my family in Naic. We had a family pictorial using our old DSLR (a Canon 1000D) and when the clock struck 12, we partook of our simple Noche Buena feast. There would have been a mini-concert, too, because we have a microphone and an old folding music stand lying around, but unfortunately, the singers in our house (a.k.a. my younger sister Jodie and my dad) weren’t in the mood for it.

Another Christmas tradition of ours is having a post-Christmas family date. This year, it happened on December 26th. We woke up early, met up at SM Bacoor and bonded over food and MMFF movies there. The mall was jampacked with people but we didn’t care. We had lunch, lined up for movie tickets and watched our MMFF movies of choice. Just simple, clean fun with lots of happy memories shared!

KFC lunch with the fam bam

Our post-Christmas family date also included my two cousins Ate Hazel (from my dad’s side) and Kuya Jun2x (from my mom’s). The more, the merrier. Haha.

thank God for MMFF passes! tipid kami!

When it was time to go home, the hubby and I, along with my two sisters and Ate Hazel joined together and went to Alabang Town Center (ATC) pa. We were supposed to buy Ate Hazel her Christmas present. She already had an item in mind so we just went to the store and bought it. We also had dinner at the mall.

Chinese dinner at North Park

My two sisters were spending the night with us in Bacoor because they both had work the next day. Actually, we were all going back to Manila first thing in the morning as I also had two Christmas get-togethers that day.

On our way home, we stopped over at Evia Lifestyle Center in Daang Hari, Las Piñas to check out the Christmas village there.


We even got to buy these “Buy 1, Take 1 for P150” Marikina sandals from the little bazaar there. Nice, noh?

my sister Jodie’s nice feet modeling ’em sandals

Thank God for the gift of family. I can’t wait for our next post-Christmas family date! Haha.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, friends! Enjoy the rest of the long holiday break! 🙂

May you choose happiness always,
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16 Replies to “Post-Christmas Family Date”

  1. Nice setup for the holidays. Glad that you and your husband got to compromise. Awwww…this is what I really miss the most! Family bonding on Christmas day and on holidays! You are so lucky to have spent the holidays with them. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂

    1. Yes, this thing called compromise saves us from fights and keeps our marital sanity intact all the time. Haha. Thank you, Kriska! For now, tiis ka muna dyan sa ibang bansa away from your family. Happy holidays! 🙂

  2. Same with us! When we were in Iligan, we would spend Christmas at my moms house then New Year at my husband. Now that we’re here in Cebu, my mom spends Christmas and New year with us, my MIL’s visits us every October.
    Wishing you a great year ahead!

  3. Merry Christmas Ms edel!!!!! I like ur color motiff, ganda ng yellow !!!!! Sarap lang ng may kapatid na babae, common interest sa pag sa shopping, heheh at fun kmi magkasundo ng nanay ko 🙂 Mukhang sulit ang holiday no with ur family 🙂

    1. Thank you, sis! Buti nga di ako masyado nangitim sa yellow na yan. Haha. Oo kami rin magkakasundo ng mga sisters ko at mom namin. Ang saya saya! Happy 2015 to you and your family! 🙂

  4. Minsan kapag may sarili ng pamilya kailangan kahit yung mga simpleng traditions like that ay pinaguusapan at compromise talaga dapat. Ang saya kaya ng tradition na ganyan, sarap kasama ang pamilya!

    Happy holidays, Edel! God bless! =)

    ps. ganda ng feet ng model nyo a, sakin parang ginger lang e, hehe! =)

    1. Pareho tayo ng paa kung ganon, Joy! Parang luya sa laki at lapad, haha. Love your own na lang, no choice eh. Yes, compromise is key talaga kundi magiging magulo lang. Holiday with family is always fun! Happy New Year sis sayo at sa family mo! 🙂

    1. Haha, thank you sis! Sana nga magdilang anghel ka dyan sa “additional family member!” Yung sa akin manggagaling, yahoooo! 🙂

  5. Merry Christmas sis!!! 🙂 Ako madaya, we spend Christmas and New Year here at home. Hihihihi! Buti nalang my husband is not that much into family tradition. Basta we visit her parents before or after the christmas and new year okay na sa kanya.

    1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year din, sis! Naku, ang dali pala kausap ng husband mo. Alagaan mo mabuti yan, hehe. 🙂

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