Sunday, November 13, 2011

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It is exactly 41 days before Christmas and although I can feel that the temperature around has dropped down, still I can't feel any Christmas spirit in the air. And as I am listening to Holy Night and other Christmas songs over You Tube now, the more I feel sad knowing that I will be spending Christmas away from home...again.


This is the second time that I'll be celebrating Christmas here in Thailand and I am still on the process of learning to get used to it. Yes, Thai people acknowledge Christmas day but not as how we Christians highly regard it. For them, it is only an ordinary day with Santa Claus as the main symbol of the celebration. It is not surprising at all that we do not hear any Christmas songs played in the malls or in their radio stations. In the malls, some Christmas Trees are seen but they lack several ornaments that make a Christmas Tree live up to its name. 


"Paskong Pinoy" is truly different. What I missed most about it is the usual putting up of Christmas decorations at home and in the classrooms in school. It has become a tradition that decorating the house as early as September has to be carefully planned. I missed the carolers too - though at times children have become annoying as they keep coming back every night singing the same songs but that is something that you don't see here. Then, of course, the "Noche Buena" shared by the whole family and friends on the Christmas eve. These are just few of the many things that a typical "pinoy" anywhere in the world misses during the Yuletide Season.

Nonetheless, Christmas far-way from home need not be gloomy and blue, we can choose to make it merry and joyful as we have friends whom we can share it with. After all, the real essence of Christmas is not all about Christmas decorations, foods, or gifts but the immeasurable love of God for us through Jesus Christ.
Advance Merry Christmas to all.    




   

23 comments:

  1. we cant expect a joyous celebration in a buddhist country, but as you said, it's also our prerogative to make it as meaningful as it should be the way we celebrate it in Philippines.....
    advance merry christmas!!!

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  2. merry christmas day irit...thanks for dropping by...
    hope to see you one of these days...

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  3. BEN:

    thanks for dropping by. merry Christmas to you and to your family...

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  4. miss our garudaz bonding....
    hope to see ya one of these days.....just not sure when, but definitely, we'll see other again!!!

    feel the spirit of christmas as early as now....!!!

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  5. u are not alone , lor! we are on the same boat..:-( It's my secone time not to be spending my christmas holiday wd my loved ones...:( I wish we'll have a merry christmas despite their absence...shilamie

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  6. thank you for sharing your thoughts shie...let's just hope one day we'll be able to spend it with them just the way we used to --- by the way...how have you been doing these days? i hope everything is well and good...happy holidays shei..i miss you...

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  7. We can always celebrate it the way we used to but just that not exactly with the people we used to have...in the absence of one there is always a substitute,ahahahah (sabay ganun)
    Kikay here..

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  8. wow...at last! you have made me feel your presence...where have you been lurking on this big wide world? busy attending to the substitute of those who are absent? hmmnnn...miss you kiks...merry Christmas to you there in canada...

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  9. indeed! very well said...merry christmas to you bro lorenz...:-)

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  10. I miss spending Christmas in PI with my family and friends. It's simple yet meaningful.") Liz

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  11. Hi Enzo,

    I really feel you. The first year I was away from home, I taught in school on Christmas day. But of course, I used that opportunity to give the kids some presents and I explained to them why. It was a good chance to tell them about Jesus.

    It took me a few years to curb my craving for Christmas celebration Filipino style... and for a few years now, I have been enjoying celebrating Christmas with my own family.

    You'll get there, too.

    And yes, Advance Merry Christmas to you too, Enzo.

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  12. awww, you made me homesick again. oh well, hope you will have a beautiful Christmas. :)

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  13. Advance merry christmas yo... Thailand may not celebrate christmas like we do here but i'm sure you will have a happy christmas with your friends there... it does'nt matter which country are you on that day, what matters is how you appreciate and share the thought of christmas day... let Thai people see how we do it, at least they would learn and know something from our culture.... Stay happy yo.. and hunky. hehe
    TATANG

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  14. genny:

    thanks for dropping by...all the best to you in this yuletide season...

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  15. Liz:

    But just the same...I know you will have a happy Christmas there in the US especially now that you have an addition to your family...my best regards...

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  16. Ate Janet:

    Thank you very much for sharing your own experience. I hope to get there soon...God bless you more.

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  17. Mel Cole:

    It's good to know that there is someone out there who shares the same feelings as you do...Enjoy the holidays...Thanks for dropping by.

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  18. Tatang:

    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts. It always makes me feel that we are not divided by distance. Thanks for keeping our friendship alive. I wish you all the best in everything. Love you and Miss you Tang.

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  19. renz, merry christmas! i hope you'll welcome me there someday soon...^^ your blogs are getting better and better. i love the fact that you're using your own photos now. it's pangdatu as in! ^^

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  20. maya:

    don't worry kay when you get here...you will also be able to have this cam...and you will soon find out nga this cam is not "pangdatu" after all...you are always welcome maya as long as you get to adapt the life here...no probs jud...pangdatu ra ba na imo lifestyle sa cebu...

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  21. Only 41 days?

    My, you are starting early. It's not even Advent until the end of November.

    I have spent most of the Christmases of my life away from my own home and at Christmas I miss my country most.

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  22. Hello Friko,

    Yes, In the Philippines we start counting as early as September. Carolers start to do their jobs by singing songs at night time. That's why I am getting homesick again as early as now.

    Thank you so much for the visit here. Merry Christmas to you.

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