Do you celebrate christmase in your country?

@seared (247)
China
December 9, 2007 3:25am CST
I start this topic for Christmas is coming . In China,we have Chinese new year and spring festival.but nowadays, many people in our country also spend Christmas.Usually, on Christmas eve,many people will be out and buy a santa clause cap,buy some disguise and some girls will get some gifts from their boyfriend-chocalates,flowers things like that.some people will go to sinema to have a movie with their lover.shops will decarate with the image of Santa Clause to create the atemosphere of Christmas.But most of them are young people,old people in our country never celebrate Chrismas in our country especially in the countryside. do you celebrate Christmas day in your country? if yes,how? welcome your sharing
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@bing_r77 (237)
• Philippines
9 Dec 07
Hello seared! I am a filipino and in our country, we celebrates christmas. When the christmas is getting near, we decorate our homes and even offices where we work with colorful christmas decors like Christmas tree with ligts, belen (miniature of Joseph, mary and jesus in the manger), parol (a decorated handmade star that resembles the guiding star of the three kings when they searched for the new born Jesus) and many other colorful stuffs.. then as part of the christmas preparations, we have the nine mornings or what we call the "Simbang Gabi". this is nine days before christmas, we go to church every day at 4 am in the morning to attend mass and offer our prayers to God. Then on christmas eve, we have the "noche buena". we gather around the table and share the delicious food prepared. and then when the christmas begins, those who can afford will have some fire works in their place... and for those who cant, will go outside our home and see the beautiful fire works. we also have gift giving or exchanging of gifts.. Christmas celebration is part of us filipinos.. and we celebrated it every year..
@seared (247)
• China
10 Dec 07
in your country, everyone celebrates christmas in that way? because in our country, most people also think christmas is a festival of western people. some of us selebrate it, but we never celebrate in that traditional way like westerners
@bing_r77 (237)
• Philippines
10 Dec 07
Hi seared! yes, almost all of us celebrated christmas that way...for non catholics, they dont follow the nine mornings. but they celebrated christmas also, and decorated their houses with christmas decors..it is so nice to celebrate christmas with your love ones..
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
9 Dec 07
Hello dear seared. Nowadays with the great influence from the western world, more and more western cultures and customs are introduced into China, due to the open policy to the outside world ever since the early eighties. So I think that it is very normal for city people to also celebrate Christmas. Thanks for your discussion.
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@seared (247)
• China
10 Dec 07
thanks for your sharing,by the way, do you celebrate Christmas with your friends?
• China
10 Dec 07
Yeah, I do spend Christmas with my foreign colleagues and we usually have a big dinner in a nice hotel and have a lot of activities at the dinner. Thanks.
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
9 Dec 07
I live in Canada and we celebrate Christmas. While it has become a secular holiday most people remember why Christmas started. It was to remember the birth of Christ. Nowadays we get together with family and friends with lots of food and gifts,in particular for the children. We also try and do something nice for food banks and sponsor dinners for people who are homeless or poor. Many people volunteer at places that serve dinners for the underprivileged or pack little gifts for them such as toothbrushes, soap and other items. A lot of people also go to church on Christmas Eve. In particular they celebrate Midnight Mass. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it!
@seared (247)
• China
10 Dec 07
it's the first time I know in your country you gave xome gifts to the poor.I think it's a very good customes for christmas. and I never know you go to church on christmas eve. thanks for your sharing!^-^
• Australia
10 Dec 07
I live in Australia and love christmas! I love how families get together and the food you eat and all the festivities. I could not imagine a life without christmas. However my boyfriend doesn't like christmas because he is an athiest (is anti religion). I think who cares. christmas is about family and giving.
@Timman (7)
• United States
10 Dec 07
I like Christmas
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@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
9 Dec 07
Oh yes, it is the grandest of all holidays here in the Philippines. It's a wonderful time when there are lots of parties and gift giving. It's really heartwarming when I see or hear about people sharing their blessings with less fortunate ones. I'm glad China is getting in on the Christmas spirit.