Merry Christmas

I started out in October preparing for Christmas doing the usual keeping tabs on items I thought people might like, creating innovative do-it-yourself gift ideas I could give away, and wasn’t panicked at all until on Dec. 14 I saw a post on social media that said there were only 11 days until Christmas.

Ya, I dropped the ball.

I got clever and told my mom that I was short a person for the On the Street question of the week: What do you want for Christmas?

She said she wants to visit people that don’t have family in town for the holidays and play card games with them. Well, that was easy.

The last two years my family and I usually celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, because we try and stay up until midnight (which is feat for me, I’m usually asleep by 9:30 p.m.), to open presents and celebrate the night away.

If you are anything like my uncle Ronnie and my fellow Filipino family members, you’ll be celebrating until 7 a.m., making a camp of beds in the living room of our trailer size home.

But this year most of our family is not in Houston. Uncle Ronnie is back in the Philippines, my brother and his fiance live out of town, so it looks like it is up to mom and I to keep up the family tradition.

I don’t see this going well, as both of us are hard working girls that like our naps.

But now that I know what mom wants for Christmas, I know we’ll make the best of it.

I’ve also got some friends in town that I usually visit after to go sledding, build forts with, have snowball fights where I get a goose egg on my head from the snowball that was actually an iceball, and my all time favourite, eat Christmas dinner with.

Every year my mom asks me, “What are you going to bring up to the Merkley’s?”

“The pleasure of my company, duh.”

“That’s embarrassing.”

As my ten year-old best friend with say, “You’re mom roasted you.”

On behalf of Houston Today, we are wishing you and all of your loved ones a Merry Christmas.

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