A Different Kind Of Christmas

What do you want for Christmas, Hon?  That was Ted’s question last night. All I said was World Peace!  Which we both laughed at. But come to think of it, I personally do not want anything for the holidays. But of course, I won’t refuse presents when they come to my door step. For a change, at least this year. I want to do something for someone else, share our humble blessings and make other peoples Christmas happy.

So during one of our family week end dinners, I suggested a project for our relatives back home. I told (more like reminded) everyone how blessed we’ve all been all these years (besides the occassional blow), and yet there’s some love ones back in the Philippines who’s not fortunate enough to even have a Christmas dinner. Life has been a drag for so many back home. Some have lost there jobs and some are just unable to earn enough. That they would rather spend there money on necessities, than festivities. And so our family has decided no-gift-giving-among-us this year, except for the kids. ( They’ll go crazy without there presents under the tree. ) We’ve pledged an amount, typical of what we’d usually spend on buying gifts for ten people. We put all those money together and do something special for the people we love back home. The idea was to surprise our relatives and love ones with a Noche Buena Dinner. And we’ve contacted a caterer (per recommendation of a friend) to prepare a hearty meal for about fifty (50) people. The food would then be delivered on Christmas Eve. Our own little way of saying, Merry Christmas!

And since my family have all been supportive and kindhearted. I’ve decided (in my own little way) to treat everyone on a long week end trip. We’ve made plans before to drive some place before the holidays, but never really got to confirming it. I figured out that everyone was free from December 22-24. So, I took it upon myself to surprise the family, three (3) days and two (2) nights in fabulous Las Vegas! I phoned and emailed everybody this morning and seems like everyone is excited. Even my five year old nephew was jumping in glee when he heard the news. I got us two rooms at the Bellagio Hotel and dinner reservations at Le Cirque. It’s my so called christmas present for the family (and Ted), who I consider the best blessing there is, ever!


PS: This would be Ted’s very first road trip with mi familia…


  1. thess · December 11, 2007

    What a wonderful gestures from you guys! I’m sure the family back home will be thrilled…wow!
    And everybody will be flown to Las Vegas? I should be there!! *inggit* Ah darling, next time, wala ng (No)bulilyaso, mag ve Vegas talaga tayo 🙂

    am off to bed…and please cross your fingers for me? If the state of my eldest ferret will not change by tomorrow, I will bring him to the vet..and ..well…I don’t want to go through the pain again of losing a pet, but we don’t want him suffering from pain (if there is any) lagi kasing umiiyak ito, pero kumakain pa naman…
    naiiyak na ako Nell, iniisip ko pa lang…

  2. sardonicnell · December 11, 2007

    thanks for the kind words, sister thess! but now, i am more worried about you. i am praying that things will turn out alright. i know what you mean about pain and suffering, it is never easy. but we need to think what’s best for our pets. hope your baby would get well soon and sana may maitulong ang vet for your ferret. if you need a shoulder to cry on, dito lang ako hah. love yah lots and take care. mwaaah 😀

    PS: hopefully, you get to visit Vegas next year. and if you do, we promise to see each other hah! wala ng (no)bulilyaso, ok. heheheh!

  3. Leap of Faith! · December 11, 2007

    Nell, what a nice Christmas present for your family in the US and back home. Wala ka bang ibibigay na pang slot machine man lang?! Hehehe. Alam no naman ang Vegas.

    Hope you have a great Christmas holiday!

  4. sardonicnell · December 11, 2007

    hello keith! i hope our family back home would have a wonderful xmas and enjoy the small noche buena this holiday. it’s nothing much, but i hope they like it. sabi nga nila, it’s the thought that counts.dba? as for our vegas trip, unfortunately eh wala akong budget for the slot machines. we’d rather spend it on food and watch a cirque du soleil shows, heheheh.

    merry christmas to you and your beautiful family, have the most fabulous vacation. ingat kayong lahat, God bless 😀

  5. munchkinmommy · December 12, 2007

    now that’s what christmas truly is about! 😀 your family and relatives are blessed to have you, nell! you’re so thoughtful and kind and generous and loving. and you’ll be blessed a thousandfold more for the blessing that you are to others! *hugs* mmmwah!

  6. sardonicnell · December 12, 2007

    hello weng! muntik na akong maluha sa sinabi mo hah, hehehe. i just thought that we’d share our blessings with our love ones back home. i’ve made phone calls kasi couple weeks ago to some of our relatives sa pinas and majority don’t have plans for noche buena. halos lahat sila ang sabi eh, mahirap raw buhay ngayon sa atin. it’s sad, dba? so we figured out a dinner for them wouldn’t be a bad idea. it’s not a lot, but at least maparating namin sa kanila that they’re in our thoughts, always. and speaking of vegas, looks like everybody is excited. even ted, kasi first time nyang makakasama ang family ko on a vacation trip. thanks so much for the kind words, mwaaah :mrgreen:

  7. rollercoastermom · December 12, 2007

    oh my gosh! you’re such an angel! seriously, that is such a sweet gesture! sana relatives din tayo. teehee! 😛 at my gosh, bonga naman ng surprise mo for the family! i’m sure everyone will love vegas! nevermind na nga the slot machines! food galore and the shows! oh wow! last time i was there i was a year shy of the gambling age. hahahaha! 😛 i hope your entire family has a glorious glorious christmas celebration this year! 😀

  8. sardonicnell · December 12, 2007

    hello kris! just trying to share our blessings with our love ones, that is all. besides, minsan lang naman eto sa isang taon. dba? the vegas trip naman was something we’ve talked about before, pero di naman naplano ng maayos. so naisip ko that it would be a nice surprise for the family, matagal tagal na rin kaming di nakapag vegas eh. was never really fond of gambling, palibhasa eh takot akong matalo at wala akong extra money to spare. hahahah! kaya shows and food nalang ang pagkakaabalahan ko. my siblings, would be a totally different story — those two would be gambling for sure.

    thanks so much for your kind comment and i wish you and your family the most wonderful christmas and a safe new year! mwaaaah 😀

  9. bw · December 12, 2007

    That Noche Buena you guys put up back in Pinas is an awesome idea 🙂 Hey the trip to Vegas isn’t bad at all esp with family. Vegas has turned into a family friendly place over the last decade and I’m sure your nephew will relish the roller coaster ride while you’re playing the slots ! Have fun bro 🙂

  10. sardonicnell · December 13, 2007

    hello bw, we thought our family back home deserve a little treat and same goes for my love ones here. vegas has indeed evolve, i just hope they’d let my nephew take the roller coaster ride at the stratosphere. otherwise, it will be circus circus for my nephew and myself. heheheh 😀

  11. Pinky · December 14, 2007

    You are such a God-sent to your family and friends, Nell! 🙂 You are truly one person who knows what the true Christmas spirit is all about. Hats off to you! Mwah!

  12. Meeya · December 14, 2007

    nell, your surprises for your family here and for the ones back home are wonderful! the reason why you are so blessed right now is because of your generous heart. kaya… taya ka sa vegas ha, i’m sure su-suwertehin ka, hehe! (*ehem* balato *ehem*)

  13. sardonicnell · December 14, 2007

    PINKY: thanks for the kind words. we’re just trying to share our blessings with our love ones back home, most them kasi eh medyo umiiling din sa hirap ng buhay sa atin. and xmas not the same without noche buena dba? it’s but our small way of showing them our love and well wishes for the coming year. have a safe trip you guys, enjoy the holidays. mwaaah 😀

    ay touch naman ang bakla, hehehe. and i thank you so much for the kind words. christmas is all about love and cheers. so this is our/ my own way of expressing love to them. and speaking vegas, sana nga po eh swertehin. kahit pambawi lang, bwahaha :mrgreen:

  14. tulipfleurs · December 16, 2007

    Hello Nell . . . that is a very thoughtful gesture and a generous one at that. I’m sure all of you will be blessed because of all of your warmheartedness. Well, I hope the familia enjoys their trip to Las Vegas and I’m sure Ted will also being that this will be his first with the familia. Pwede ba sumama ako? Ha! Ha! Let me know which room(s) in Bellagio so that I can “crash!” Ha! Ha! 😉 I’m sure all of you will have a grand time down in Las Vegas. Take care . . . 🙂

  15. sardonicnell · December 16, 2007

    hello lulu. sama ka? tara na, the more the merrier. dba? i realized kasi that our family here has been truly blessed, besides the occassional adversities. if we count our blessings — we’re still very lucky pa rin. dba? i am hoping that our family back home would enjoy our humble gift to them. and my family here, there’s not a doubt; they’re all excited to go to vegas. thanks so much for you kind comment, mwaaah 😀

    ps: speaking of ted, he’s a bit nervous. but nonetheless, he has no doubt as well that it will be a fabulous trip…

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