WATCH: How moms rise above the holiday rush
MANILA, Philippines – She’s got everything under control. Or so you think.
Every year, she’s armed with her list of things to do, gift wrapping paper and tape, and groceries for the feast ahead. Got last minute requests? She would still manage to tick those off her list but that won’t stop her from finishing other tasks at hand.
She’s a powerhouse. She can turn a house into a home with Christmas decorations she unboxed the day before, or whip up something special in the kitchen. Something as simple as a macaroni salad paired with classic mayonnaise will leave you in awe – a dish you wouldn’t mind eating even days after the holidays.
How does your superwoman mom make the holidays special for you?
In this video, watch how a mothers labor is rewarded through a celebration of togetherness on Christmas night. From buying and wrapping gifts, decorating the house and preparing meals all day, every detail was her way to share her love for her family.
Labor of love: it’s tough, but it’s worth it
Just like the mom in the clip, these moms share how they would give up needed rest during the day just to create a memorable experience for their families. For them, seeing loved ones and making new memories make it all worth it.
“Seeing my parents, siblings, and children relaxed and enjoying the company and food, it’s more than enough motivation for me to keep the tradition alive,” says Tanya Tan, mother of two.
She admits that having little sleep the night before and having a few minutes to herself before the festivities begin would be her major challenges. But every year, she would always find the drive to create an experience that her family and friends can enjoy all together.
“I really make food special. It’s the highlight of the celebration,” she says.
Louie Ermita, mom of three, also gets busy in the kitchen over the holidays. “I usually create a menu that everyone will like. I stick to a certain cuisine and make it extra special by including dishes that are different, something we don’t usually have for our meals in the house,” she says.
Back when she had a full-time job she would even take the day-off just so she could focus and prepare, even getting inspiration from the food she tasted in different places. “I also take time to buy ingredients I’ll use and sit down with the family to plan out the dishes,” Louie adds.
Preparing for Christmas is not an easy job, but someone has to do it. So, thank you to the moms and to all those who give their time to make the holidays special for their loved ones. – Rappler.com