what are your memories of christmas?

@hotsummer (10449)
Philippines
November 14, 2009 10:09am CST
we have been through many christmas in our lives. maybe some here are still young and have not been in too many christmas but we all experienced christmas many times already. and so what is your experience. Was it the same experience each time. for me christmas is one of the boring time of the year in my life. there is nothing that happens at all. it is just like another day to me. sometimes or many times it is the worst time of my life as the pressure of christmas press hard on me. i mean the pressure that lots of people are with their friends and families and relatives. while i am at home only with my father only and sister and no other else during christmas. while all the neighbors are making the noise and celebration we are at the house with not much activity. being around gossiping neighbors i am sure they all give us a not so good look or observation that we seem not to have visitors or friends coming at home. but for me i am just okay with my family only. my other members of the family are in other country. it just seem some people just get bothered over other people's lives. anyways, what is your christmas like.
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@mommaj (22894)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Reading the other comments made me remember Christmases growing up. We always went to our grandmother's house Christmas day and to my aunt's on Christmas eve. We opened the presents Christmas eve from the family. It was always so much fun. I remember playing games, washing dishes, and just the overall fun. I don't remember the toys except the year I snuck around looking for our Christmas presents to see if Santa was real. I remember the first Christmas without my mom just being sad. Now I have my own children and my nephew. We always try to have fun at Christmas for the kids.
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@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
it is nice that you had fun growing up and had always good christmas. seems like you have big family.
@mommaj (22894)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Actually the family wasn't that big. Three grandkids that included me, my mom and dad, 1 aunt and uncle, and my grandmother and grandfather. I didn't think it was big because a lot of people have more than two kids. LOL
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
14 Nov 09
Hi hotsummer, Well this year will be Christmas number 70 for me but I'm sure I can't remember the first two or maybe even three. I know that my earliest memories of Christmas are very happy ones. It wasn't that I had a lot of toys, but I was very happy with what I did have. I remember getting a colouring book and a pack of crayons one year and I thought it was the best thing ever. There would always be fruit and some candy. Another year I had a truck that you had to wind up. After I married and had kids, it was always fun buying things for them and seeing the surprised look on their faces. We also went to parties and had quite a lot of fun.Today, my family are grown and we it's much quieter. I have grandchildren but they aren't close enough for me to visit. We still go to at least one party and usually spend Christmas day with my oldest son and his wife, whose only child is now grown up. Christmas still gives me a good feeling though. Blessings.
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@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
it seemed to be really fun just reading your story of your childhood christmas. hope this christmas would be as fun as your childhood christmas.
@jugsjugs (13045)
14 Nov 09
My memories of Christmas are when i was a child and i caught both of my parents putting out the presents after all the years they had told me that father Christmas was coming down the chimney.As well as that those paper chains you could make yourself me and my mum and brother used to make them.
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@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
so that killed all the excitement i guess when you learned who was putting all those gifts all along. did you wish that santa really exist when you learned it was only your family who gave the gifts.
@hunieby (207)
• Philippines
14 Nov 09
My Christmases are quite nice. Not on the exact day itself but December is such a happy time that even I find it hard to be in a bad mood. Although it is very hectic especially in the office. My Christmases when I was young was spent visiting relatives. I used to stay in my aunt and uncle's house with my family and we would wait till midnight to open the gifts. It's fun to be with my cousins then and play with them as we live far apart from each other.Lately though we haven't spent Christmas that way. We just spend it with our immediate family . We have dinner then go to mass. After mass, we go to our room and open our gifts.
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@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
14 Nov 09
you seem to have a really good christmas since childhood. that is nice to hear. for me childhood christmas was boring too. I hate visiting relatives. i guess it is good to visit relatives maybe i just don't like my relatives that much.
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@nautilus33 (1831)
15 Nov 09
Hi, hotsummer! For me Christmas is the greatest holiday of all and it's surely not an ordinary day. I like Christmas and I'm waiting for it with such a big pleasure. The decoration, the holiday atmosphere, all these things are so wonderful and make this day more greater. The hole family is together, it's around the big table or the tree, everybody decorates something and all the family members are doing something. It's so wonderful. The street is covered with snow ( at least in Bulgarian) and everthing is white, it's so pure and innocent. The kids are plaing in the snow, the bigger one decorate the front part of the house, the neighbors are also out, everybody says Merry Christmas and I think there is nothing more nicely than that. The warm feelings in each person, the smiles, the happiness of the Christmas day.
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
Yeah at christmas we get used to all the fancy celebration with fancy decoration to it. so you are from bulgaria. a very beautiful country. i have not experienced snow much less experience it at christmas.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
15 Nov 09
i remember always getting everything i asked for on my list and being very happy on christmas morning. now, as a parent i try to make the same dreams come true for my little boy even though we struggle financially. i hope we can do it again this christmas but things are really bad for us right now. as long as we have each other that is the most important thing in the world.
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
it does not matter how much is the gift we give as long as we remember to celebrate it. i think that your kids will not mind if they will give a not so expensive this year as you have not much money to buy what they want.
@irishidid (8734)
• United States
15 Nov 09
We had a huge Christmas party every year. Sometimes on Christmas Eve, sometimes on Christmas day. The Christmas tree itself would be a replacement by that time because my mom always got the first tree on Thanksgiving and it would be dried out by that time and need replacing. It never failed that something I asked for became someone else's present. That used to tick me off to no end. We always got to open one present ahead of time. We had already sneaked a peek and knew exactly which one we were going to pick.
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
oh that felt really terrible to see the gift which was meant for you ending in someone else hands. LOL. yeah i know the feeling. so it was better if you put away the gift already before the day of the party to make sure no one else gets it.
• China
15 Nov 09
Christmas once a year to give the child a lot of surprises and gifts ,the children of the most desired holiday
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
yeah children wait for this holiday. as the say christmas are for children.
• Philippines
15 Nov 09
When we were just kids, we used to hang socks below our Christmas tree. Then our parents will tell us to sleep and we usually wakes up at 12 midnight. We would find toys and stuffs inside our socks. We were told that Santa Claus gave us those toys and treats. Hehehe. Those were the times. Happy times.
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
it is quite fun to give gifts to children. i wish i have kids around my place so i can trick them to believing that santa does really exist and i will just make them scream in happiness each time they open up their gifts. anyways, christmas is really a fun time. we used to put gifts under the christmas so when there kids that come by our homes that we will just give what we have on that christmas tree.
@luneliza (197)
23 Nov 09
I grew up in a communist country under a regime that didn't recognize Christmas and tried to ban any celebration with a religious conotation. Of course, that was impossible in practice. If anything, it made people more aware of its meaning and more eager to celebrate it. Maybe that's why - because it was, in a way, forbidden - people saw Christmas as something magical, something to look forward to. That's how I remember it. A time of mysterious joy shared in secret, when everything seemed ten times more intense and more special because it spoke of love and hope and faith in a society that tried to kill those subtle feelings, as well as any spark of freedom and imagination. Now, when I live in a Western society and Christmas seems so cheap and commercial, I can certainly understand what you mean by the pressure it puts on people. But things were completely different in my childhood.