There are many ways to spend this Christmas season, and the decision is ultimately up to you. Some people like to do something different and spontaneous every year. Others might have a tradition that they want to uphold or have been doing for years. Regardless of what your plans are, it's important to take time out of your day to be with the ones you love.
BUT with the COVID and Pandemic that has occurred around the world, 2020 has been a tough year. And we're not the only ones who think so. With all of the chaos going on in our country, we decided that Christmas just wasn't feeling like the right time to get together as a family for everyone's safety.
When my family and I were discussing the COVID, we all agreed that it would be a good idea to not gather for Christmas this year. All of us are feeling the effects of the COVID, but we can't really do much about it. We figured that we should just try and focus on what's important and that is our health right now. Of course, it feels weird not seeing each other this holiday season, but at least we know that everyone is alive and well.The COVID case in California is getting worst each day and it is honestly SCARY. Every day, I will hear from someone I know that someone from their family got tested positive for COVID......and that’s honestly probably the worst news and something that I don’t ever want to hear.
Growing up, our usual tradition every Christmas year is to go to a midnight mass together then open gifts once we get home from Church. It honestly breaks my heart not being able to spend Christmas with my family this year but we have to do our part on staying home to avoid the spread of COVID.
Even though we are not able to get together this year, I decided to make some “Merry & Bright” matching family t-shirts for everyone.
We may not be physically next to each other taking photos but at least wearing matching clothes somehow still provide a spirit of togetherness.
The words were made using White Heat Transfer Vinyl then were cut using Cameo Silhouette 3 cutting machine and was ironed on a cotton blend shirts.
Since there was no Christmas Midnight Mass to attend this year and my little nephews and nieces are not around, we decided to open gifts earlier than usual, it used to be normally the time we get home from Church which is around 12:30am-1:00am.
My niece, Caitlyn, decided to make and write a Christmas card for us which I think is the sweetest gift! I appreciate this type of things because she took the time to make the card, write a message and draw something.
The way my Sister-in-Law wrapped their gifts is quite impressive! You can tell that she took the time to wrap each gift using green and red bows with matching gift tags That's something I actually told myself to do last year, make Christmas Gifts with nice and creative gift wraps but sadly, it didn't happened this year. Hopefully though next year, I will not be lazy and actually make it happen, will cross all my fingers.
For Christmas Dinner, we had few different types of foods from vegetables to seafood and meat. And guess who cooked these foods? It wasn't me of course since I'm not too much of a fan of cooking but to my family and friends, don't worry, "Learning How to Cook" is on my bucket list, something I will fulfill one day. Had to mention that part in case my parents read this blog post one day haha!
Sautéed Shrimp prepared by my Dad
I honestly don't know who cooked this, it was either my Mom or my sister, sorry!
This noodles with pork on top was prepared by Sister-in-Law
This grilled pork was prepared by Sister & her Fiancé
This year's Christmas celebration is definitely not the norm and if I can make one-wish this year for Christmas is for the pandemic to end soon so everyone in the whole world can go back to their normal lives!
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