VILMA ABRENIO CONG
19 CHRISTMAS QUESTIONS
01 - What's your routine on Christmas morning?
Go to mass, help prepare Christmas lunch ( we always have our parties
at noon,so we can get everything cleaned up by early evening in case
there is school or work the next day).We all dress up for lunch, open
presents and take a lot of photos.
02 - The best Christmas I ever spent was?
Christmas 2006. I was diagnosed with kidney cancer on Oct 23 2006,
a day after my 48th birthday. Everything after that including
Christmas had a deeper meaning.
03 - What do you do Christmas Eve?
We used to go to Christmas Eve midnight mass when we were younger
but too old for that now. I usually sleep early on December 24 to
prepare for Dec 25, which usually starts at dawn, and all the way
to dinner time.
04 - When do you decorate for Christmas?
Around Thanksgiving. I am not crafty or techy. This usually means
having a tree with ornaments collected through the years. Christmas stockings for the grandkids who are present and a few decorations on tables and couches. No exterior lights.
05 - Where will you be spending the holidays this year?
At home with my daughter Elle and son Xavier. My other daughter is
in Georgia and one in Japan.
06 - What sits on top of your Christmas Tree?
An angel which is 32 yrs old,as old as my oldest daughter Ella. This has consistently sat on top of our tree through a total of four homes
and three decades.
07 - Who cooks Christmas dinner?
I used to cook all the holiday dinners. My Mom used to cook daily
meals. My ex-husband helped after he retired and learned how to.
My daughters finally took over when they were grown. I do
plan the initial menu and approve the final dishes.
08 - What is your favorite Christmas dish?
Yams from the American side and some lumpias from the
09 - What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Pumpkin pie from the American side and a cake from the
10 - Favorite holiday tradition with your family?
American-Filipino fusion from decorations to food. Just about all
food leftovers are sent home with guests.
11 - What’s your favorite part of Christmas Day?
Opening presents. I also give gag gifts and very inexpensive
gifts but it is also backed up by the real present.
12 - Christmas Shopping, carefully planned or last minute?
In between the two. Gifts were specific or personalized for
recipient or cash..
13 - The best Christmas present I ever got was.....
A coupon book of personal services that my three daughters
created when they were little. Contrary to what was originally
promised many of those were not redeemable or delivered.
However it was the intention that mattered.
14 - Favorite Holiday Memory as a Child?
When we were all in the Philippines as a child. I remember we
had real apples hanging on the Christmas tree and we were
allowed to eat the edible ornaments.
15 - What is your favorite movie to watch around the holidays?
No particular movie, I don't like black and white. I prefer
romantic and comedy. I could watch a lot of them Christmas
16 - What’s your favorite Christmas song of all time?
This time it's the duet between Michael Buble and Miss Piggy
in his Christmas in New York concert Dec 17: Baby it's cold
17 - What would you like Santa to bring you this year?
My whole family under one roof
18 - New Year's Resolutions - make them or not?
I will continue to make them but will come up with a couple that are
realistic and attainable.