Can you smell the bonelos dagu? Growing up on Guam, memories are not about snow or cozy fireplaces, but simply about the family, festivities and food that the season brought together in abundance. The Church played a large role with the special services, the Christmas pageant and, of course, midnight mass. There were Christmas parties of all kinds, and there was food; all the holiday specialties came out, like Auntie Faye’s flan and Auntie Bea’s stuffed crab. Uncle Manny would give Mom fish to make eskabeche’. Uncle Miko brought the binadu. Then there was the special bonelos from the dagu dipped in syrup. It was worth waiting a year for!
Recently a former teacher of mine on Guam sent me a photo of his own Guam Christmas memories. He shared this photo of his tree. He has a photo ornament of his son, Michael who was adopted while the family was on Guam. There is an ornament made of one of the shells of the dreaded snails that we had all over the place. I have to admit that empty and painted, it makes a pretty Christmas decoration. Then, there is an icicle shaped Judy Flores ornament that I gave to Mr. Coble last year. We met again, over 30 years after he was my math teacher at Inarajan middle school!
My wish for you is time to reflect on your own special memories.