Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Message from the Niño Family

My Family’s 2010 Annual Report

How time really flies fast.All of a sudden, Christmas is again in our midst.

We should not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas despite its commercial undertones.

Christmas is a season for reflection about our spirituality and God’s love. Christmas has many meanings to us as Christians. Not only to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ but to be re-connected with kin, friends and people dear to us near and far whom we had fond memories in the past. Let’s pause then for a while to greet you a warm Christmas . We have so many things to thank for. Let’s therefore count our blessings.

Note: If image above does not show, click on link below to see our Chirstmas 2010 Greeting Card:

Despite the economic downturn that pervades in our world today, I’m glad that we are still blessed as a family and are able to survive uncertainties for the last 12 months.

Our wonderful accomplishment this year was our trip to Europe: England, France, Italy, Monaco and Vatican.

Our European journey with Myrna opened our eyes. We were impressed by the countries and their dazzling capitals with their rich, vibrant and colorful histories. This journey, a dream-come-true for us, would not have been possible or as memorable, exciting and so wonderful had it not been for the warm hospitality and red carpet welcome of my close relatives where we stayed. It was a double treat for us because we were able to reconnect with them while at the same time they showed us around the tourist destinations and historical landmarks of these awesome countries.

London and England provided us tastes of their royalty, great museums, ribbons of subways and surface trains that made our trips so comfortable. We were also amazed by the storied Stratford where the great dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was born. Italy afforded us glimpses of its ancient history especially the splendor of Rome, idyllic countryside abundant with vineyards. Vatican swept us with the grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica and spiritual wealth of Sistine chapel. France delighted us with the massive landmarks of Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe on the crossroad of fashionable Champs Elysees , sweeping vistas of Nice and Cannes by the Meditteranian Sea. The small principality of Monaco charmed us with its picture-perfect and breathtaking beauty. Despite their allure, I still prefer to live in the U.S. or the Philippines for many reasons too detailed to enumerate here.

On the personal side, my other remarkable accomplishment is my retirement effective Dec. 30, after 27 years of continued service with the State of California’s Board of Equalization as sales tax collector. I can’t hardly wait to be free of huge responsibilities. It’s a Christmas gift for myself. Now, I have all the time to pursue other interests like music, raising exotic plants, be self-employed and engaged in business and tax consulting, income and sales tax preparations, newspapering, advertising, public relations, event planning, graphic designs, printing brokerage, etc. I envision It as a one-stop shop.

Myrna and Denver are leaving for the Philippines on Dec. 17. I’ll take care of the fort while they are away. They’ll be back on Jan. 7, 2011. Myrna also plans to retire in 2011. Denver enjoys his job as occupational therapist with a children’s hospital.

We wish you a blessed Christmas and a more prosperous New Year. Let’s keep Christ at Christmas!

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