The Day Before Christmas

I woke up with a realization that it will be Christmas day tomorrow and tonight would be Christmas eve. Where did time go? I don’t know why I feel like it’s not Christmas. Maybe because the house is almost empty. All my cousins who live here has work, my aunt  is on vacation, my dad is working overseas. So there’s just me, my mom and my younger brother. I actually couldn’t believe that my most awaited day of the year is coming. I was looking forward to it and now that it’s gonna be so soon, it makes me sad knowing my expectations will not come as close as the reality.

I guess time really changes everything. People come and go, new experiences, and it’s not the same as it used to be anymore. But since this my favorite day ever, I won’t let this feeling get me. I went outside and felt the cool breeze on my face and blowing on my hair. Well at least it’s cold, Christmas is supposed to be cold. I guess it’s something but it wasn’t enough because I found myself browsing on my Spotify and played Christmas songs. I also browsed Netflix to see if there’s a good Christmas movie to watch. I just needed to feel the Christmas spirit again.

As I was about to watch Love Actually for the nth time, I found my brother on his laptop working on something and my mom cooking dinner. Why am I feeling so sad when I have my family here in front of me? Why do I have to search for something to make it feel like it really is Christmas? If I couldn’t feel it, why not do something to make this day really special? So I set aside my laptop, talked to my brother for a bit cos I haven’t really talked to him cos he’s usually away for uni, and I helped my mom cook and prepare dinner.  Now that I really think about it, Christmas might not be the same but  it can still be a special day. Just being with my family is more than enough.

Merry Christmas!

 

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49 Comments

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    Skinny B
    December 24, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Happy Holidays. Enjoy!!!

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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    Elana
    December 25, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Yah…. spending the festive seasons with family is something to be cherished! There’s no need glam deco or scrumptious foods, the bonding is what important most. Merry Xmas!

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    angela
    December 25, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Christmas is to be with our families and friends sing and have fun and relax
    merry christmas

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

      You are absolutely right! Merry Christmas Angela!

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    Ace Paragoyo
    December 25, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Yes, that is true. Being with your family and love ones will definitely the best day to celebrate Christmas!

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 8:54 am

      There’s no other people better to celebrate it with than your family

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    R U S S
    December 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Christmas has always been about family, at least for me and my family. This was something that has been ingrained and taught to my brother and I even when we were little. Now that we’re grown-ups, we all make sure that we’re all at home and together during Christmas. I love that we’re still complete this year.

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Good to hear that! 🙂 btw my relatives from Aus and my two cousins are going home soon! 🙂 Can’t wait!

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    Sin Yee
    December 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Time passed really fast. Today is Christmas!!! And few more days, new year is coming ~~~

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Yeah. Happy New Year!

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    Hui Zi
    December 25, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Totally understand how u feel. I’m having a simple day with family and friends as well. Merry xmas!

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 9:07 am

      I’m feeling better now. 🙂 Merry Xmas to you too!

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    Fred
    December 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Yesterday, I went to the mall for last minute shopping for my most important loved ones. I was also able to watch a movie I have been meaning to watch on its last day. At dinnertime though, it was all about being with family.

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Looks like you had a great day! I spent the rest of my Christmas with my relatives back at the countryside. Good food plus good people.

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    Jhanz
    December 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Merry Christmas deary! I hope today is fun for you as well. 😀

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 9:09 am

      It sure is fun!! 🙂

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    Gillian
    December 26, 2014 at 12:36 am

    mery merry christmas! hoped you enjoyed your day! I’ve been meaning to write something like this but i kept putting it off until now – its no longer christmas 🙁

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 9:11 am

      It still is Christmas! 🙂 It’s not too late

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    Tiffany Yong W.T. (tiffanyyongwt)
    December 26, 2014 at 1:26 am

    This happened to me for the past 3 years. I spent it alone while my parents napped and my siblings were out with friends and boyfriends. I was alone, in front of the laptop watching people post christmas related photos…
    But this year, although I’m still single, I spent it with my friends for the first time for so long. And I was happy that I didn’t spend it alone even though it was exhausting…

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Glad everything went great! I thought my Christmas was this lonely but I found out my relatives are here from Australia and two of my cousins are going home! Couldn’t be more grateful!

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    Anne
    December 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Isn’t it because we’re growing up? But no. That shouldn’t be our mindset. There’s actually a lot of things to be thankful for. Glad that you realized in the end that being with your family is such a wonderful blessing this Christmas.

    Anne // http://annesofancy.blogspot.com/

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      I did realize it. Well I think there’s a good news. Most of my relatives from all over the world are coming home! Some of them are already here!

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    Louise
    December 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I also didn’t feel it’s Christmas already. I didn’t feel anything special probably because I allowed it to happen. I’ve been caught up with so much school work and other activities that I eventually forgot to prepare for Christmas celebrations. Though I celebrated it in my own simple ways, it would have been better if my parents were around.

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Aww, I’m sure they feel the same way too cos you weren’t there with them. It’s not too late though. Although it’s just an ordinary day, we should be thankful for another year 🙂

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    Danica Reed
    December 26, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    We have this family tradition that at Christmas we do celebrate it as a family reunion type. Now that Christmas is over I mean the 25 part, I am complete again :))

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      We celebrate it that way too but not on Christmas eve. It was not the same since most of my cousins are working but they’re gonna come home soon! 🙂

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    Vanessa Ally
    December 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I think everybody is too absorbed in technology nowadays and we lack time talking to our closest people, or just spending time with them. Innovations are addictive but at times, especially at celebrations we need to log out, turn off and just enjoy family gatherings to the fullest.

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    Noor Unnahar
    December 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Merry Christmas Alissa!! Go out, eat and laugh with who’s with you right now. Holidays stay short so just don’t lose it 🙂
    PS: Did you draw it all (in above photo)? it looks so pretty x

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      Alissa
      December 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Yea i did! 🙂 thanks Noor! My christmas was great! merry Christmas too!

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    eliz frank
    December 26, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Beautifully shared! The holidays are really about quality time spent with our loved ones. I’m glad you took some time to chat with your brother and help your mom prepare dinner. Happy Holidays! 🙂

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      Alissa
      December 27, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Happy Holidays to you too! 🙂

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    Franc Ramon
    December 27, 2014 at 2:13 am

    I think there would always something else we seek to be happy. Family is the constant we know that can give as comfort and warmth.

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      Alissa
      December 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      It sure is. So blessed to have them!

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    May De Jesus-Palacpac
    December 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Our Christmas this year is also a lot sadder. But yes, I think Christmas is more than just what the world tells us it should be. 😉

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      Alissa
      December 30, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      i changed my mind. I think this Christmas is more enjoyable! 🙂 Some of my relatives went home!

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    Areeba
    December 27, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Merry Christmas Alissa! Family time is always great. But I don’t like the family time with relatives (Which is sucky) but the one with parents and siblings only time is always calming!

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      Alissa
      December 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Why don’t you like it when you’re with relatives? hehe. merry Christmas too btw!

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    melandria romero
    December 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    sometimes we worry about things and forget the simple things that makes us happy. whenever i have that feeling, i just look at the brighter side of life, having my children makes me happy even for a while.

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      Alissa
      December 30, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      That’s nice! 🙂 Yeah, sometimes we forgot what’s already there

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    Jojo Vito
    December 28, 2014 at 12:25 am

    yes ,Christmas is one good opportunity for us to catch up with some family members

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    Franc Ramon
    December 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    It’s also nice to watch Christmas flicks like Love Actually to set the feel good mood for Christmas.

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    Manu Kalia
    December 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I agree, People grow that is why I treasure every moment with my family. Very inspiring! Merry Christmas!

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    Janice
    December 29, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Oh, I get how you feel. I’ve been feeling the exact same thing for the past 5 Christmases because my hubby had to work on Christmas eve and we didn’t really get to spend much time with my family to celebrate. This year was a lot better though coz hubby was home for Christmas and I got to host Noche Buena for my family. It really is great though that you still got to spend it with your mom and brother. It’s really what matters most. Merry Christmas!

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      Alissa
      December 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      It really was! 🙂 yay for having your hubby this christmas!

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    sef tiburcio (@seftiburcio)
    December 29, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I think each person will undergo that kind of cycle. there is a glimpse of loneliness that we will feel almost each day. I think it is more about personal contentment that will guide you to happiness.

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      Alissa
      December 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Well said! 🙂

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    nicol
    December 30, 2014 at 6:03 am

    hope youve had a great christmas! christmas is definitely about spending time with loved ones. gifts are an addition

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    Mommy Peachy
    January 4, 2015 at 4:22 am

    Happy New year! Hope you’re feeling ok now.

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