Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas Cakes and Christmas Parties: Naga City Christmas 2013 Series 4

Christmas Cakes and Christmas Parties
Have a Beautiful Cake and Eat It Too
 (Naga City Christmas 2013 Series 4)

There are things that make Christmas
memorable for kids, like the Christmas tree
and the colorful gifts underneath it,

...Christmas socks and stockings by the fireplace
(yes, we have a' faux' fire place at home, 
meant  for an aircon vent made to look as one)
ready to catch Santa’s gifts,

...Christmas carols,

...and of course, school Christmas parties.

While my teen age daughter Nicole already
passed the age of Santa worship and is on
full time home schooling in high school,

My son Timothy is still on lower elementary
and mixed home and regular schooling program
and still on his Santa Claus wonder years.

He gets very excited every time he sees a gift
and still looks forward on their yearly potluck
Christmas Party in school, where every student
brings a certain dish and shares it with everyone.

Timothy has been the official cake bearer for their
 annual Christmas party for the past three years,
and Cake My Day has been dishing out beautiful
Christmas cakes since he was in Pre- school.

Two years ago, he brought a chocolate cake
shaped like a gingerbread house populated
with a happy gingerbread family.

It was so beautiful that the kids
did not want it eat it anymore

For last year’s Christmas Party, Cake my Day
baked him a beautiful and delicious
winter wonderland themed Christmas cake .

This year, Cake my Day did not disappoint.
It baked the kids beautiful Christmas cake,
decorated with iconic Christmas trimmings,

Santa was at to bottom of the cake standing
between a snowman and a Christmas Tree,

...with  his gifts scattered around the cake
waiting  to be delivered on Christmas Day.

At the top of the cake was a gingerbread man,
lying on Santa’s gift pouch, and an elf riding
at the back of Rudolf the red nosed- reindeer.

There was also an intricately designed
icicle  patterns around the cake.


...and a lovely Christmas Candy ribbon
tied  between the two layered cake.

One of Timothy’s classmate brought
multi- colored balloons for the party.

And since it’s a potluck party, every student
brought their own food and specialty dish
to be shared for everyone during the party.

Few days before the Christmas Party, my wife noticed that
the kids did not have a Christmas Tree in the classroom and we
are aware of the school policy that they did not want to bother
the parents to pay for unnecessary miscellaneous expenses, we bought a five foot Christmas tree for them,
 which the kids excitedly decorated on their free time.

We also bought a dancing and singing of Santa
To match that had motion sensors and dances
to the tune of Santa Clause is Coming to town.

The presence of a life-like dancing Santa amused
the kids a lot that they purposely moved a lot so 
Santa ends up singing and dancing non- stop all day, we decided to display it only during the party as it
was distracting the classes with his singing and dancing.

Timothy was also able to give Christmas gifts
to all his classmates as he always does yearly,


...and to all his teachers.

The good thing with kids on mixed home schooling
where their purpose of going to school is for just
for academic support and  socialization and not
to get high grades and compete academically,

...we get to get to show our appreciation to everyone,
without being accused of bribing the teachers.

The kids could become teacher’s pets
without them being accused of favoritism.

  These are the things that we can’t do in traditional schools
where kids compete with one another for a higher grades.

We can even pull the kids out of school as we travel a lot
and still catch up with the lesson thru home schooling.

With  no grades keep and just a lot of lessons to learn
keeps the kids happy, healthy, stress-free and wise.
They can party and travel as long as they want.

It's a Christmas party where one can bring
a cake and everyone can eat it too, 

...without any form of guilt and accusations.

Christmases are more fun 
when your school is cool. 

Merry Christmas, everyone.

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  1. Hello, dr. Caceres, I'm so glad to encounter your blog..especially this article about the homeschooling and attending regular school of your son. May I ask something please? what is your set up with the school? What homeschool program are you using? My 7 year old son's personality is also one who won't be happy in a traditional setting so my husband and I are also considering homeschooling aside from his current Montessori type of learning..reading your blog made me see that we may have the same attitude towards the upbringing of our children. Im interested to know how you do this since you are the first person I learned doing homeschooling in naga city. We are currently here for the meantime, too. I know that my questions may be asking for private details so if it would be alright with you, you can just give me your email add soi I can write to you directly? Thank you very much. I would really appreciate your enlightenment about this... Sincerely yours, cef

  2. Yes, you can contact me on my clinic number, 4721271, give your e mail address to my secretary and I'll get in touch with you.

    I could also refer you to the Village Montessori in San Leadnro (it is safe to mention the school now as my daughter already finished her schooling there) as it is the only school in Naga that offers an honest to goodness American Montessori, where kids are grouped by age, not by year level, non graded feel good curriculum and yes, no assignments. That is where my daughter spent her lower and upper elementary until she moved to full home schooling in high school.

    My son goes to another Montessori school and for safety reasons I would not name it yet, as it offers a very flexible curriculum though, but you have to talk it out with the directress and the home school program coordinators on how it would work. It has a mixed traditional and Montessori system and my son goes there purely for socialization. We always meet with their teachers at the beginning of every school year that my son is not after the grades but we just want him to experience being in a mainstream school before we move him to full home schooling.

    We hired a personal private teacher for him to coordinate with his home lessons and school schedule. Such arrangements should be approved by the school and the DECS.

    For the very flexible home schooling programs, they are enrolled in learning center accredited by Seibu/ Angelicum College and also for safety reasons I would not be able to mention.

    I forgot all the contact numbers of these schools but they are in my clinic though and I I could e mail them to you.