You probably know by now that I’m a Tesco orchard member so every campaign they have, I would love to participate and blog about it and share.
This month, it’s all about party food or dessert / pudding and I have chosen to try out their party food. I was sent Tesco £5 voucher and this is what I bought.
Tesco party food were 3 for £5 as well which is a very good value of money. On Christmas Day, we hosted the dinner as my inlaw’s came over for a Christmas celebration and having the Tesco party food as an appetiser was lovely. We have it while having a drink of wine and etc before having Christmas dinner. It’s also perfect to have it while watching film. It made the day relaxing. My inlaw’s thought that the Tesco party food was lovely too so it’s good.
I only cook the hot & spicy prawn and the chicken bites and just enough as a finger food. I have still got the tex mex selection to cook for new year which is good. Thank you Tesco for the free party food taster. #triedforless
This is our appetiser before having the turkey and you can imagine how full we are by the time the main meal we’re served lol
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wishing you all a prosperous and a happy new year. Good luck for the year 2017 guys ❤❤❤
We have the same Christmas tree every year and it’s not big. Well, it’s okey because our house is not that big so we don’t have much space. My daughter took a video after I just put up our tree and So i would like to share it with you. My daughter’s picture wasn’t there because the boys pictures come from their nursery.
It was a very simple Christmas tree with a fairy light on it. It doesn’t matter how big or beautiful is your Christmas decorations but celebrating Christmas with our love ones is the most wonderful time of the year.
We had our Christmas party the other day with my Filipino and Malaysian friends. We do this every year to catch up and get together. We also bring our kids with us so you can imagine how we do it lol. Just eat, catch up, give presents and take loads of pictures and selfie 😂
And this what I wore on the day
I recycled this dress from last year Christmas and just team up with red high heeled strappy shoes as well. Our dress theme is something sparkly, glittery, and shimmery there.
Everyone has to bring something to share as we knew how hard to host a party so we all agreed. I made a chiffon cheesecake and put a star to look like a bit of Christmas cake 🙂
The food was lovely, I have really enjoyed it.
We dance and took lots of pictures and just enjoyed the day. It was fun, while our kids made a mess, few cried and few join in and kids took our group pictures as well
Our kids look feed up already haha
And yes we’re having fun with our kids lol
So, this is how we did our Christmas party. It was a total fun, so if you ever attend a Filipino party, just bring the whole family and also a plastic bag for a take away haha.
My children are 5 and 8 and absolutely love Elf on the Shelf (EotS). We use it part as a “behave” incentive and partly to keep the Christmas Magic alive!
For those who don’t know about EotS, basically the elf is real and keeps watch on the kids during the day (but is still like the Toy Story toys) then flies back to the North Pole every night to report to Santa and in the morning it’s in a different spot in the house, often having got up to naughty tricks.
We don’t have the “original” elf, I find that one creepy, Sparkle is our larger elf (from Ikea) and Jingle is the smaller elf (from Waitrose). The children won Jingle at a Christmas Faye’s and decided to “bring him to life” as a friend for Sparkle, so we now have two elves.
Our elves don’t do fun tricks every night, sometimes they just move to a new position and sometimes they “forget” to move (opps)
Below you will find a few EotS antics which my naughty little elf has got up to:
Jingle and Sparkle go fishing in our goldfish bowl.
Crash landing from the North Pole tonight with a ceiling squish.
Sparkle made us breakfast and nicked some of it!
Sparkle did some cheeky baking.
Using the chalkola chalk markers the naughty elves drew on our family photos (note this is drawn on the glass so will wipe off)
Christmas presents doesn’t have to be expensive right? It’s always the thoughts that count not the price of it. Personally, I’m always realistic in giving present. As most of it will just probably goes unwanted present waiting to be clear out. Hence my gift guide this time is nothing fancy but something that can always be use and the price won’t break your purse either.
Gift for kids
Snuggle cozy wrap blanket for kids Is very useful for either travelling or to be use at home while watching film available in link and blue in eBay and only less than £5 including postage I bought this for my boys as well
I originally came from the Philippines ( hence the not so perfect English grammar lol ) and it’s nice to remember memories of my childhood Christmas.
I was maybe about 8 or 10 years old when I find out that the Santa Claus behind all our Christmas presents is our mum. I saw her at midnight ( when she thought were all asleep ) putting presents in our Christmas stocking. But that didn’t ruin it, as i just went along with my mum and always get excited every festive season.
Christmas in the Philippines is definitely the most wonderful time of the year. You can start hearing Christmas carols being played in the shop around September. Although the formal Christmas celebration start on the 16th when many people go for the early morning mass which we called ( simbang gabi ) I can remember walking with my mum in the dark being wrap up with jackets and hat just to attend the mass early morning everyday until Christmas Day and that’s because we were brought up catholic and it became a family tradition. Christmas is the most important holiday in the Philippines and December is actually a cooler month though it’s nothing compare to the cold season here in the uk.
Around December, children or even adults can be seen going house to house and singing Christmas carols. They either just creative and bring any musical instrument with them or go as a group. After singing a Christmas carol they are usually given money or anything that the people can afford to give. I can remember my brother and I did this along with other children and then at the end we all get to share the money given to us.
Christmas customs in the Philippines are a mixture of western and native Filipino traditions. Santa Claus, Christmas trees and cards and Christmas carols are from western influence brought in by the Spanish and Portuguese when they travelled to our country.
However, we have our own Christmas tradition of using ” parol ” a frame with a lit star lantern on it. It’s the most popular Christmas display and decoration in the Philippines.
I can remember being awake all night into Christmas Day as if we’re having a countdown, that’s how important Christmas is in the Philippines. Also we go to the church for the last simbang gabi or Christmas Eve mass and followed by midnight feast or what we call ” noche buena ”
Noche buena is an open house celebration in which family and friends and even neighbours are welcome to join in. They often drop by with a food to share to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. Most family have a several dish laid out. It’s always a buffet style where all food laid in the table and you just help yourself. Most food include ( lechon baboy ) roast pork, quezon de bola ( Filipino Spanish for ball of cheese ) also hamon or ham, noodles, pasta, fruit salad, cake, rice cake, puto bungbong, bibingka and many more. You can imagine loads of foods being serve at a Filipino household and it’s like a feast.
With Christmas presents, I must say it’s not the Center of the Christmas celebration in the Philippines. Not everyone can afford to buy Christmas present that we’re just grateful to whatever we received. We already consider ourself lucky back then if we have a food to put on the table. What I love about Christmas in the Philippines is the love, warmth, hospitality, generosity and unity of family celebrating together and sharing whatever they have to their extended family, friends and neighbour.
I hope you enjoy reading this and I wish you all a wonderful Christmas wherever you are. ❤️ thank you ❤️
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