Friday, December 11, 2009

How Do You Celebrate Christmas?






How do you celebrate your Christmas? Could you share it with us?



Tags: Christmas, Party, Food, Celebration, Gifts, Santa Claus, Love, Joy, Christmas Spirit, Sharing, Abundance, Snow, Holidays, Yule Season, Christmas Sales, Merry Making, Birth of Jesus Christ

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Viewpoint/Opinion

14 comments:

ShY said...

When I was a kid all i look forward for christmas is the new clothes, carolling, As I grow up, I celebrate christmas by going to church and give thanks to God, When I was teaching I celebrate christmas by giving gifts to my students and give them the christmas party that they will remember when they grow up. now that I have a family, we celebrate christmas by loving each other, buy gifts for our kids, and more and thankful for all the blessings. Dito Sir Mel Christmas is more of Santa claus. How about you Sir mel, how do you celebrate christmas?

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shy,
Basahin mo na lang yung bago kong blog na Komentaryo at malalaman mo kung paano ko isinicelebrate ang pasko namin dito sa Pilipinas. Thanks sa dalaw at comments. God bless you all always.

Pia said...

with lots of food! =D noche buena, is that how you call it? when you gather at midnight to eat?

Dhemz said...

very good topic kuya Mel....:)

here in the US...sa family ni Greg...we celebrate Christmas with the rest of the Dias Clan....we sing some Christmas songs....we do the white elephant, and we eat....ehhehehe!

I still misses the Filipino tradition...wala talagang makakapantay sa tradition ng mga pinoy.....:)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi sis Pia,
Yes, we do celebrate Christmas with a lot of food. Just be very careful in eating and try not to over indulge. You have such a wonderful figure now and it will be a pity if you will disfigure it because of overeating. Try to maintain your slim figure. You know how hard it is to attain such a beautiful figure. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
I'm just curious what is the white elephant? Is it a dance or a party game? Pasensiya na sa ignorance ko. Wala talagang makapapantay sa Christmas celebration sa Pinas both in solemnity and extravagance. Masaya kahit konti lang ang pera. Nagwi window shopping lang ang iba at bumibili lang ng soft ice cream sa mall ay nairaraos na rin ang spirit of Christmas. I hope you will have a truly wonderful Christmas celebration there. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Manang Kim said...

When I was a kid I am excited to know that Christmas is coming because in my mind it is all about gifts, and food.
When in my young adult parang may kulang na somehow in Christmas time parang you are not happy 100% kung party at gift lang...that then I realize Christmas is about Jesus birth. That is why we celebrate Christmas!!
It is funny the other day hubby asked what is my wish list. He gave me a paper to write and I just wrote NONE!! He said no, there must be something that you like. I told him "Hon what I only want for Christmas is to go to church and hear mass" at umiyak na ako Mel dahil I missed the 9 days dawn mass sa Pinas. I continued to tell him material things are there forever and I can buy it anytime I want, and so hopefully walang masyadong snow next week for the start of the dawn masses.
At dahil kami lang dalawa dito sa bahay..siguro magluluto ako nang konti, dito kasi Mel matutulog lang sila kung Christmas eve, napaka-tahimik ang Christmas di gaya dyan ^_^

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kim,
Napaluha ako sa comments mo dahil siguro sa magnanimity ng sagot mo sa mister mo at dahil siguro naramdaman ko yung sobrang lungkot na bumabalot sa iyo sa pagka miss mo sa napakasayang Christmas celebration sa Pinas. Lahat nang bagay ay lumilipas at lahat nang bagay ay nakakapag adjust tayo. Let us just focus on the positive side of our lives and banish in our minds yung mga kakulangan. I respect you more for your stands in life. You are indeed highly spiritual. Salamat sa dalaw. God bless you all always.

chubskulit said...

I salute you ate Kim bibihira na ang taong hindi materyose esp dito sa States. Hubby asked me that too and I told him that the gifts he sent to my family in Pinas is more than enough.

Miss ko din ang simbang gabi and noche buena dyan satin, ibang iba kasi dito.. parang more on materials things ang celebration ng pasko rather than spiritual.

Dhemz said...

I second the motion kay sis Rose...saludo ako kay ateKim....indeed...mga tao kasi dito...halos materialistic....na miss ko talaga ang simbang gabi.....:)

korek kuya..kahit ice cream oks na....kahit magka utang utang basta may maihahandang pansit sa mesa...ehehehhe!

about pla sa white elephant...nahihirapan akong eexplain....ehhehehe!

I have a link though....
http://demcyapdiandias.blogspot.com/2008/12/white-elephant.html

salamat po pala sa dalaw at comments...sensya na po talaga at bihira akong maka blog hop...EC drop lang ang kaya ko...ehehhe....been studying hard....finals na kasi namin bukas....my gosh....am anxious....hehehe!

sige kuya, dalaw lang me dito...paparamdam lang....lol!

God Bless You!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rose,
Yes, kahanga hanga ang prinsipyo ni Kim. Talagang bibihira ang taong katulad niya na mas gusto pa niyang makapagsimbang gabi ng siyam na araw kaysa ano pa mang material gift. Malungkot nga ang Christmas diyan dahil nababalot nang materyalismo at nawala yung real spirit of Christmas. Dito mas solemn ang selebrasyon ng Christmas at siyempre pag sapit ng Noche Buena ay salo salong kumakain ang lahat ng miyembro ng pamilya, payak man ang handa. At nagbibigayan ng aginaldo maski plastic na laruan lang galing sa China. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all. Merry Christmas to you all.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
In a way nararamdaman ko rin yung pagka miss nyo ng selebrasyon ng Christmas dito sa Pinas. Yun siguro ang price nang pag tira nyo sa States. On the other hand, marami rin namang benepisyo ang pagtira nyo diyan. Kung baga, count your blessings na lang para hindi kayo masyadong malungkot. Ang misis ko nga ika tatlong taon na niyang mag Christmas magisa dyan sa States. Nagsasakripisyo kaming lahat para sa kinabukasan ng mga anak namin. Sige tingnan ko yung link na binigay mo para malaman ko yung white elephant. Pagbutihin mo pala ang pagaaral para mataas ang grades na makuha mo. Merry Christmas sa inyong lahat. Salamat sa dalaw. God bless you all always.

Bambie dear ★ said...

Iba talaga ang pasko sa pinas..You're right, kahit wala pera at walang masyadong gift, ang saya saya kasi magkakasama po ang mga magkakamag-anak. MIss ko yung mga tawanan at kakulitan. Di rin po uso sa min ang exchange gift, basta kainan at kwentuhan. Nauuna na ang mga matatanda matulog while kami magpipinsan, gising pa. Then the next day, christmas day, umaga pa lang andyan na mga kids para humingi ng aguinaldo. Dati isa ako po sa mga humihingi pero ngayon, ako na namimigay.
Ngayon ko lang na-realized na 3 yrs na pala ko white christmas. Gusto ko talaga umuwi this year kaso po hindi na po mangyayari kaya next year na lang.

ANyway, advance Merry Christmas =)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bambie dear,
Nung nga lang natin talaga nare realize kung gaano kasaya at makabuluhan ang Chrsitmas celebration sa Pinas pag nasa ibang bansa na tayo. Iba talaga ang mga Pinoy. Laging masaya, laging nagkakainan at nagkukwentuhan. Marami ring mga barkadang nagbibigay ng kaaliwan sa ating mga buhay. At kahit wala o kokonti lang ang pera ay pinagkakasya pa rin para makapag celebrate lang ng Christmas. Sana nga ay makauwi kayo sa Pinas sa lalong madaling panahon. Salamat sa dalaw at comments. Merry Christmas to you all too. God bless you all always.

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