|Simplest Nativity Scene|
|Christmas Tree Decorating Contest|
at Knights of Columbus Christmas Party
hat with five other people enthusiastically dressing him up with the bag of décor we were given!
|we were around the Seahawk colors amid the sea of red|
Then it just so happened that the Arizona Cardinals, then leading their NFL division, were having their crucial match with the Seattle Seahawks, the runner-up, at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Even if the ticket prices were very high, Bill bought two for us to let me experience my first ever live football game. And was it a big thrill! We luckily had seats that were with a Seahawks crowd so we had so much fun screaming and high-fiving the night out. Most of the Cardinal fans left the stadium when it became evident that the Seahawks would gain the division leadership. The score was 35-6!
|Christmas Eve Dinner|
|white palms surround the 4-story singing Christmas tree|
|4-story singing Christmas tree|
|ice skating at Fairmont|
Then we went to hear Christmas mass at St. Bridget’s (our home parish did not have one scheduled at 10 pm). It was an elegantly decorated church, with a simple but striking Nativity scene. And the service was music-filled as almost every section was sung!
When we got home we had the opening of our Stocking Stuffers. Bill and I established this very American tradition that helped to ease my missing of family during this very family-oriented time of the year for Filipinos. We did better this year since we did not source our stuffers at the Mall. They all came from the Mesa Marketplace, favorite year-long weekend flea market in downtown Mesa.
|opening of gifts!|
Christmas morning is reserved for opening of the real gifts. We had so many presents from around the country that either came online or were delivered. We also received calls from our children and grandkids. But the highlight of the day was the diamond earrings Bill gave me along with Deejay and Suzanne. Finally, I had my everyday diamonds to wear! Bill got a mere Surface keyboard and a 60-minute tennis lesson from me. Shame on me!I should do better for his birthday!
Although I wasn’t with family, as is the custom in the Philippines, what with our children in four different states in the United States plus two other countries, Bill and I have made our Christmases always special even with just each other. Phoenix had great places and activities to make it happen in 2014!
And yesterday, the day after Christmas, this blog reached 501,665 views after 3.5 years!!