|the reason for the season!|
|traditional git-giving before Noche Buena|
|Krishna and Zan at karaoke|
|skype session captures three Aberions in 2 states|
We reached Cherry's home at around 8:30 pm after passing an Albertson's to pick up some hot chocolate mix, another traditional drink. After some Karaoke songs and a skype session with the Aberions in Seattle, we held the exchange of gifts over the Christmas table. Finally, at around 11 pm, we had a taste of the traditional Filipino Noche Buena. Bill added a European touch with the Christmas stollen, challa, and potica, breads we picked up at a European bakery in Phoenix.
Christmas Day started with left-overs from Noche Buena. By 10 AM Bill and I were at the Santa Sophia Catholic Parish where a beautiful Nativity Scene greeted us. The homily was extra special with this message taken straight from the Catholic Catechism: ‘Christmas is the marvelous exchange of God’s transcending love made accessible to those on bended knees.’ Jesus is the reason for the Season.
|Chefs Cherry and Carol|
|mano po Lolo!|
The following day we took Krishna to Seafood City to pick up her month’s supply of food and to Macy’s to buy dark glasses, the Christmas gift from her godmother and Aunt Claudine. When we got home we had a final round of left-overs from the dinner party on Christmas Day. Early the next day we left Cherry’s warm home and hospitality to apply for a new Filipino passport as a dual citizen at the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles.
|my first apo (grandchild) Krishna|
|at the Consulate|
|a Japanese lunch with Krishna|
So after I filed my application and had my biometrics taken, we went back to San Diego, retrieved all evidence of senior moments, and made a U turn to Los Angeles. We stayed in Redlands, California that night, an hour and a half from Santa Monica and four and a half hours away from Phoenix. We got back to our RV around 2 pm, facing a new round of celebrations with friends for the New Year!