This season has not been as merry as all the others that went before. It is unlike all the other Christmases gone by. My mom spent Christmas in the hospital. The kids weren’t able to celebrate with us because all our kids are below 7 and are not allowed in the hospital. My brother spent Christmas in some other country, hopefully not freezing all the way down to his toes. Before all this came about, we had all planned on coming home to my parents’ house in Bicol like we have done in all these past years. I did not set up the Christmas tree.
But on the 24th, after grocery shopping, in preparation for the simple Christmas dinner we were going to spend at the hospital, I came home and suddenly, wanted to put up the tree for Lia. This is her Christmas too. She and I together put the tree up.