For my column today I will take a look back in time, because as we get so occupied with all the parties brought by the Christmas fever, we sometimes tend to forget the things that really count. We were really busy with the Christmas preparations as my wife and I played host to both the Orosa and Concepcion clans, on top of the pre-Christmas parties of our children. Then on Christmas Eve, my wife’s brothers and sisters and her relatives from Vancouver and Australia came together for their annual reunion. Talent, especially in singing, runs in the Orosa family, while we Concepcions are more of the entrepreneur type, and that has been our excuse when it comes to performing for these Christmas programs. But we enjoyed watching our relatives dance the famous Korean song Gangnam Style, which I think is the most performed song in Christmas parties this year. My daughter Isabella, who was the youngest performer in that number, danced together with her cousins and my wife’s brother from Vancouver, and I must admit that her talent definitely did not come from me.
Having a Christmas mass at home is something that our family has been doing for so many years now, and it is always celebrated by Fr. Dennis Meim, a former classmate of mine who went on to become a priest. (more…)