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spritsail

If christmas is such a big thing here in the Philippines,  i cant help wondering why my wife or her sisters  never plan for Christmas. In my past life in UK, women folk would start plannin early in the new year. My ex wife would contribute a few shillings a week into her Christmas Club to spend on Christmas goodies. The meats - turkey or venison were ordered from the butcher weeks in advance, tins of ham, candies, crackers would appear in the pantry by the week. My old mom would have her christmas puddings made by the first week in November, and my sisters would have their Christmas cakes marzepaned and iced before Halloween. 

 

Despite we have guests arriving 24th etc, the pantry is still as bare as a tarts backside, and even the shops seem conspicuously short of christmas goodies apart from decorations. None of the stacked shelves of cheeses, or tins of ham, Only one freezer in Orarama in CdO was commandeered for frozen hams, the rest of the shelves void of christmas treats.

 

Maybe its just a provincial thing, and in Manila or Cebu, wives would have their pantries full but here in province I would be getting salted fish and rice if I were not to get my arse into gear.

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Brucewayne

Mine simply says "Give me money so I can have a party for my family".

That comes about 2 days before Xmas.
I am the one who runs around like mad on Thanksgiving (Yes, they have Thanksgiving Day sales at SM), and buy what I can so I can be finished sooner and for less money before the serious crowds build up just before Xmas.

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broden

we prepare our menu well in advance . gift shopping for us starts months in advance. we send money rather than gifts over seas though a brother of her's is in charge of buying gifts for everyone with the money

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motorboy

my mom and sister begin preparing for Christmas almost right after Christmas. They look for specials all year long. My mom always got better gifts this way.

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This year the wife is visiting her family (Mindanao) while I remain here (USA) and hold down the fort.

She is taking them all on a Christmas vacation with a big feast.

Firecrackers & pig...what could be better?

 

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spritsail

My fondest memories of Christmas now are being able to take my old mom in her last years to an upmarket traditional country inn - The Beverley Arms in Beverley, East Riding,Yorkshire. It was a traditional christmas package which included a Carol Singing and Concert at Beverley Minster, boxing morning to see the Horse and Hounds Hunt on Beverley Westwood, and an afternoon Pantomine at the Hull Theatre. Best of all she never had to slave away all Christmas cooking for four kids, grandad and dad.  

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thebob

We wait until a few days before, and then the big eyes start asking if we are going to invite the family over… I always cave in then, when they arrive, all the women sort out the food, the men all get drunk and argue, and mama sorts out all the problems.

 

Wouldn't mis it for the world. It's all gonna be a bit frugal this year, but I can't think of anywhere else that I'd rather be.

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udonthani

Christmas is like washing machines. Filipinas don't give a shit about them unless there is a foreigner around.

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Christmas is like washing machines. Filipinas don't give a shit about them unless there is a foreigner around.

 

depends on who you hang with i suppose.  i'm the only foreigner in my wife's family, and her family enjoyed both christmas and washing machines (and ovens) long before i ever showed up on the scene.

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udonthani

well I have spent Christmas with maybe 7-8 girls in the 9-10 Christmas periods I have spent in the Philippines. That is 7-8 girls, not just one. Not a single one of them felt Christmas was in any way important at all - although a few of them did make a point of attending church, some quite often even in the run up. But quite a few did not even bother doing that. In fact I felt the Christian communities I spent Christmas with in Malaysia a couple of times celebrated Christmas far more, than they ever do in the Philippines. Even in Thailand, where there are hardly any Christians at all, when you do see them caroling (usually up north and in the border areas where the highest number of Thai Christians are concentrated), they put more effort into it, and it just seems more meaningful, than it does when Filipinos do it.

 

New Year is a totally different story.

 

Unlike Christmas, New Year is important in the Philippines. In Asia, almost everyone has their own New Year - Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer, Burmese. The Filipinos are no different, except theirs is also the western one.

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miles-high

depends on who you hang with i suppose

 

I have spent Christmas with maybe 7-8 girls in the 9-10 Christmas periods I have spent in the Philippines. That is 7-8 girls, not just one. Not a single one of them felt Christmas was in any way important at all

 

Probably all depends on what the girls/family’s social, educational background/upbringings are… Many who live in the Metropolitan areas of Cebu and NCR appear to be greatly influenced by the commercials/ads from SM’s of this world (nothing to do with the church/religion, it seems) and the Christmas holiday seems very important to splurge on once-a-year extravaganza…

 

Hawaiian Christmas is the best hehe ;) but this year we are spending holidays at the Tokyo Disneyland area (need to see “snow” once in a while… on the ski slopes…) :D

 

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udonthani

yes the commercialisation especially obvious in the cities and in particular Manila, is something different entirely.

 

Fact is, people do not really take time out, or time off work to go back to the province or their hometown for Christmas like they do in the west.

 

but they do, for New Year, just like the Chinese and Thais do for THEIR New Year. The difference should be obvious to anybody who is familiar with this country and has not allowed the fact that they themselves may have been brought up in a culture where Christmas is more important than it is here, to blind them.

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Hawaiian Christmas is the best hehe

 

don't be ridiculous.  the best christmas is the one where you have to shovel the newly fallen snow off the pond to get some hockey in while waiting for christmas dinner to be cooked up.  :)

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Brucewayne

don't be ridiculous.  the best christmas is the one where you have to shovel the newly fallen snow off the pond to get some hockey in while waiting for christmas dinner to be cooked up.  :)

 

And that is the main reason I left the states, I HATE the cold.

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