This year Christmas we made a special Filipino celebration. Our helper has been working since July without a break and hasn’t gone home nor met with her family since then because of the pandemic. For everyone’s peace of sake, the building doesn’t allow helpers to go home since March. I feel bad for her, especially because Christmas is a big celebration for their culture, meant to spent with the family. So I discussed the idea with husband and my friend colleague to host a Filipino Christmas eve dinner inviting our helpers to join us. She agreed immediately.
I brought two salads to their place: a potato salad and a quinoa salad
they are korean family, so they prepared a korean pancake and filipino vegetable rolls (lumpia)
dinner was ready
It was nice to celebrate it with our friends and helpers. They were especially grateful
main dish was filipino dish roasted pork
and adobo chicken with eggs made by our helper
desserts were filipinos too: a buko pie that I ordered (made with coconut) and puto (rice cake)
once we got home, the girls set up the tent in our bedroom, ready to sleep with us in the same room . They asked for it weeks ago.
The next morning I got up early to put the gifts from Santa under our mini tree.
girls were still sleeping
then they got up and were happily surprised for the gifts that Santa brough
we spent the morning making a lego gammi ginger bread house
girls were excited to eat a small leftover piece once they were done
afternoon was spent napping….. hahahhaa…
then we celebrated the part 2 of my 40 st birthday that I’ll post separately.
Overall, we had a great Christmas celebration, zero affected by the pandemic, and very cheerful.