I believe that traditions are the foundation of strong family bonds. They do not have to be complex, time-consuming, or expensive in order to be special.
Family rituals build powerful interpersonal connections and strengthen the bonds you have between each other, creating a stronger sense of belonging to the family.
Tom and I try to foster a collective sense of identity for our family. Since both our families live abroad, we created our own Epperson traditions by doing the same activities every year as a family. We come together as a group with our own unique identity: “We are a family that rocks the holidays!” Haha!
An Epperson Christmas is simple, fun, stress-free but special, just how the holidays should be.
Like what I said, holidays are stress-free at Maison Epperson:
I redecorated Maison Epperson for the holidays. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland. Nothing extravagant, I just moved some artwork around and changed our throw pillows and curtains.
I’m constantly changing the look of Maison Epperson. I believe that when it comes to family traditions, it is rooted from doing family activities over and over but when it comes to our space, it should constantly evolve depending on our needs and mood.
One of the things that make our holidays special too is the table setting for Christmas Eve dinner. Playing “plato-platuhan” is a tradition that I inherited from my mom and my grandmother. They were big on collecting beautiful china but, unlike them, I use ours everyday.
The sets of holiday plates I have are special because I only bust them out during the holiday season.
I hope to pass on some of my tableware collection to my daughter Aryanna. For now, she helps me set the table. I believe that the best way to teach our kids is through experience, like setting up the table and observing proper table manners.
For Christmas Eve dinner, we used the Spode Christmas Tree collection. It took me 5-6 years to build this set and it’s almost complete!
Tom gave me roses for Christmas. I used them as our centerpiece.
Our family is half American so we cook turkey for Christmas instead of lechon. Besides, the only part I like in a lechon is the crispy skin. No one in my family likes it too so turkey it is!
When there’s turkey, there’s mash!
Like what I wrote, we make simple, satisfying and stress-free Christmas Eve dinner:
Meet the Eppersons!
Christmas Eve dinner with the family includes our extended family, our helpers. We all share a meal, say a prayer and make a Christmas wish.
Tom made pumpkin pie for dessert and the rest of us attacked this gingerbread house!
All day, all night movie watching.
Ever since Aryanna was a kid, we would camp out in our living room and wait for Santa. Up to now, she still awaits the arrival of Santa, especially that she has a more personal relationship with him. It’s more fun now as we are passing on the Santa Stakeout tradition to Dylan.
The kids left out milk and cookies for Santa. Next year, we’ll leave out reindeer food (whatever that is) too.
Lighting a peppermint-scented candle sets the mood for the holidays.
Christmas morning is the most anticipated day of the year!
Ever since we moved to a smaller place, we all agreed to give each other less but more meaningful gifts. That way we avoid clutter and we think of more creative and special gifts for everyone.
On Santa’s ‘Nice’ List: The Eppersons
We skip the traditional Noche Buena for a hefty Christmas brunch for health reasons. Ayaw ng empatso! Haha!
Christmas morning brunch set-up:
According to Coco Chanel, “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” So we dine using gold and eat in pajamas! LOL
Christmas Day at Maison Epperson is all about the three P’s: pajamas, presents and plato-platuhan!
We were so hungry that I forgot to take photos of our food! Ugh. Anyway, we had store-bought honey-glazed ham, breakfast sausages, homemade buttermilk pancakes, eggs, fresh OJ, brewed coffee, and steamed rice.
From Maison Epperson to your home, Merry Christmas!!!
The key to my son’s heart is a few Matchbox cars, Thomas the Train and a lot of playtime!
A new family obsession:
(Photo taken using Instagram)
The Eppersons have always been a fan of analog photography. The FujiFilm Instax is a fun addition to our growing analog camera collection.
(Photo taken using Instagram)
May your days be merry and bright!