Posted by: Leap of Faith | December 27, 2009

Spreading the Christmas Joy

Spending Christmas away from family is probably one of the most difficult things we have to endure ever since we moved to the KSA in 2006.  I guess missing out on the grand reunions with family and friends, the festive ambience of the whole country and all those fattening meals are just some of the things that makes most, if not all, Filipinos living abroad homesick this time of year.  Despite my family being fortunate enough to be living together here in the Middle East, we still experience the same longing feeling which makes us all wish (my children, included) we were currently in the loving company of our immediate relatives back home.

With God’s grace, though, we have learned to adapt and openly embrace the circumstances we were dealt with and, despite the difficulties that come with it, I would like to think that we have blossomed well here in our own desert kingdom.  This, of course, would not be possible without the support of a few good friends whom we met along the way.

Unlike before, this year was extra special since we hosted and/or were invited to several gatherings to celebrate Christmas with our friends. In fact, so much was the partying that it, admittedly, took a toll on us too!  Despite that, we willingly obliged and attended every event since this was probably one of the few moments in the year when we all could set some time off from our busy schedules to do this. Come to think of it, who in his right mind could even resist the company of well-meaning Pinoys and the lure of delicious home cooked food being served in front of you – definitely, not my family!



So, to all our friends, our second family here in the KSA, thank you for uplifting our spirits and unselfishly sharing with us the Christmas joy!  May our good Lord always bless your families with his choicest blessings and may he allow us to continually bloom in our (temporary) home away from home.

Happy holidays! 







  1. Nice one! 🙂 Very heartfelt and sincere… couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Another thing I learned from our desert adventures is that the support of good friends is very important and could sometimes even be one of the keys to happily living away from home. Thank God for the blessing of friends!

    • Thanks!

      I agree with you all the way. If not for the support of our friends, I don’t know if we would have lasted this long. God is really good.

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