So I had been sick the entire week before Christmas. It started with a scratchy feeling in my throat, which I noticed right after watching the live action movie of Samurai X with my brother and mom (awesome movie, by the way!). And then on top of that I caught another bug which escalated to a few days of nasty cough and fever.
It’s one of the “pitfalls” of working from home on graveyard shift – compromised immunity. And since I rarely leave the house, I haven’t developed the necessary defenses against colds and flus, so I’m more susceptible when I do go out and mingle with crowds.
A lot of Christmas chores/crafting/plans have been thrown off by my sickness. But I did manage to finish most of my Christmas ornaments, and the little Christmas crafts I sent to my workmates. But before showing you those crafts, I just wanted to share some of the goodies I brought home from Davao/GenSan/Sarangani.
My favorite by far are the organic guava and passionfruit jellies and the mangosteen preserves. I didn’t buy the durian jelly because I was worried no one would eat it at home. And the best way to enjoy these jellies/preserves?
I also bought civet coffee or cat poop coffee. It’s actually pretty good — it’s smooth and subtly aromatic. And best of all, even if you make a strong cup, there’s no sour-y aftertaste that you sometimes get from strong coffee. This was expensive, though– about Php 700 (or roughly $20) for this jar.
By the way, another souvenir from the trip:
It was much uglier and nastier a few days before, with lots of purple colouring. Fortunately I kept rubbing it with extra virgin coconut oil, infused with chili (I used the brand Tai Chi liniment — good stuff!) and within another week the bruise was gone. EVCO and chili oil are great for getting the blood circulating again, so I figured it would get rid of the bruise quickly — and it did.
Anyway, on to my Christmas crafts!
I made several felt ornaments — felt snowmen, peppermint candy, Christmas mittens, and gingerbread people:
I also made Christmas elves. I named them Tinsel, Mistle, Holly and Eggnog:
But of course the cutest Christmas elf was none other than Max!
It was hard to take photos of him, as he kept running around with his toys. And he refused to be carried and cuddled. A most moody Christmas elf, for sure.
I also finished the Christmas ornaments I was going to give to my workmates. I sent old fashioned Christmas cards to them. Too bad that the ornaments won’t make it by Christmas, but technically the holidays extend til January 6 (or the second Sunday of January, I think) for the Niños Inocentes holiday, which commemorates the children killed by order of King Herod when he heard the future King of Kings was born to replace him. A macabre holiday, actually.
Anyway, the ornaments I made were inspired by the Philippine parol, or Christmas lantern, which symbolizes the star of Bethlehem. You can see large and colorful versions of these throughout the country, and I thought it would be a nice, unique ornament to make for my non-Filipino workmates.
I had wanted to make a couple more Christmas decorative items, i.e. small table top felt Christmas trees, but I just ran out of time and steam. Maybe next year.
But all in all it was a fun Christmas Eve (even if I had to work).
HAPPY CHRISTMAS, everyone! ^_^