did you receive your aguinaldo this Christmas?

@oyenkai (4399)
Philippines
December 26, 2008 8:43pm CST
I stopped receiving aguinaldo since I was in college with only one exception - Christmas 2007, one of our aunts made us all line up to give us our aguinaldo and we were all surprised because she hasn't done that for a long time. This year I didn't get any, probably because I already started working last May so I'm no longer a "kid".
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7 responses
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
yes, i got one from my ninong lols...even im too old for aguinaldo but every christmas i still received some from my ninangs and ninongs.
@oyenkai (4399)
• Philippines
28 Dec 08
That's so cool! I'd wish I could get some from my ninongs and ninangs but it's embarrassing to actually go to their place and "mano" and be so obvious that that's what I'm after haha I don't really need it, I just feel so kiddy when I receive em :D
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I have no idea of what aguinaldo is so I can't really tell you whether or not I got it lol. I am curious though what is it? I am assuming it is a phillipine custom?
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@oyenkai (4399)
• Philippines
1 Jan 09
"Aguinaldo" literally is the person in our 5 peso coin (it used to be 5 peso bill until around 6 years ago when they faced it out and made coins instead), and because I guess there was a time when it was what was usually given to kids during Christmas (when it's value was still much higher that today) so that's why Christmas gift money is called Aguinaldo here in the Philippines. I think I have to ask my parents about this to make sure:D But that's what it means, it's Christmas present in monetary form given to kids especially one's god children. - this is the same comment I posted right above your response :P I just wanted to make sure you were able to read it so that I will be able to answer your question :)
@yamskee (830)
• Philippines
1 Jan 09
im too old for aguinaldos. i told my mom to save the money she'll give me because ill just get it from her after deciding which gadget i want to buy for 2009.
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• Philippines
31 Dec 08
It was nice of your aunt to give "aguinaldo" ... in Chinese traditions, it is considered lucky to give away money during special occasions and I find it to be quite true
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• Philippines
27 Dec 08
Hi there. I actually stopped receiving aguinaldo from my ninongs, ninangs, and other relatives when I started working. I guess they have this notion that, since we're already able to work and provide for ourselves, we no longer need to receive gift-money during Christmas. Though, even before that, it wasn't every Christmas that I received aguinaldo. After all, unlike what is the custom, I didn't exactly go around "collecting" gift-money from my ninongs and ninangs.
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@maroseqf (3657)
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
I did not receive any money this Christmas. I never did a several years ago. But, my son got alot of money since my sisters and brothers did not have any idea which gift to give him. He did not receive aguinaldo from her godparents because her baptism will still be in january.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
Oh my... i don't really remember when i stopped asking for aguinaldo... i just remember that when i reached college... i started saving to buy gifts for my young cousins... and that is like my own simple tradition every christmas... i wrap the gifts and put them under the christmas tree.... this surely excites the kids when they arrive in my home...