My First Christmas Away From Home

Debbie Juario
is a Homemaker in United States

My first Christmas in the US was in 2012. I was expecting that like in the Philippines it would be as much fun as it should be. Pero I was disappointed when all we did was nag attend ng mass, ate dinner (not even a noche buena because it was at 4pm), went to a plaza where the huge christmas tree was set up, and went home to open some gifts.

Christmas Away Filipinos

Sa Pilipinas, it should have been attending mass at 8pm, hurry home to share the noche buena with family, wait for the start of colorful and loud fireworks, exchange gifts, and walang katapusang istorya.

Celebrating Christmas in the Philippines is one of the most awaited events of young children’s and adults’ life alike. Hindi mawawala yung pag decorate ng house as early as the “ber” month starts. By September, naka ready na lahat yung isasabit na iba’t-ibang christmas decors like parol, maliliit na ornaments for the christmas tree, at iba pa. Maririnig mo na ang christmas jingles.

By the start of November (after All Saints and Souls day), nagka cram na for christmas gifts shopping and yung mga bata nagka caroling na.

By December, puno na ng paputok vendors ang palengke. May binibintang “triangle”, judas belt, 7 colors, at iba pa. Ikaw? Anong paborito mong paputok?

Christmas is definitely more fun in the Philippines.

About the author

Debbie Juario

Profession: Homemaker
United States , Florida , Ocala


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