Christmas is here!!!

Philippines
August 31, 2011 7:48pm CST
We Filipinos celebrate long christmas and we usually start it as BER months starts. I am one of the few excited this 1st of September. As early as now, I prepare gifts for my friends, family and relatives. Some stuffs are cheaper this month than on December. And I don't want to cram buying because I end up just picking anything. If I prepare gifts this early, I can think what to give to each specific person and I'll know that they will like them. I would like to greet you all Happy 1st day of September!
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@judelen (428)
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Hello! Yes Filipinos start Christmas early, as early as September. From now on we can already hear Christmas songs in the radio and many places. When I hear Christmas songs i felt so excited and fell the presence of giving and joy. We know that Filipino people love to celebrate Christmas because this is the joyous day of a Filipino, the giving, eating midnight with our family this celebrates mean a lot to us.
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• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Thanks for dropping by judelen. :)I think we are the only one who celebrate long Christmas. Some television stations, news and some FM radio stations starts to have a christmas countdowns.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
1 Sep 11
Thank you for the wishes. We are not going to give gifts anymore. Toys are so expensive and kids get done with them in like 10 minutes. Everyone seems to buy at spur of the moment and don't really seem to get a right gift so we are just doing Gift Cards from now on. That way they can go shopping and do what they want with the money. Make it easier on us. My hubby and I are taking a cruise the second week in December so that is our Xmas gift. Other than that all I pretty much buy is my candle tarts, cross stitch, and books I like to read oh and lotions and stuff from Victorias Secrets or Bath and Body. So Christmas will be easy on me this year. Let us know if you make any gifts so we know what you are doing.
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Hello there sister. :) My family gives a little of our stuff during christmas like not so old clothes, some toys and sometimes blankets. We also add a little grocery even it is just a pack of coffee and sugar. I teach in our sunday kid school. I donate some books for the childrens. I give toys only to the little ones ages 5years old and below. Ohh, I don't have much to give but my friends and other relatives gives me some stuffs because I know that I am always giving not only during christmas but also when I know someone is in need. I would like to give cross stitch cards this christmas courtesy of you. :) I like that you will be on cruise this Christmas! Tell me more about it. How many days and your destinations. I like reading a lot too! :) As of now, I am doing beading, perfume, fabric softeners, dishwashing liquids, beaded wallets.
@GardenGerty (98148)
• United States
1 Sep 11
It is still August here for a few more hours, here. So shall I wish you a Merry Christmas? I like that, you celebrate the BER months. You are doing well planning ahead.
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Thaks for dropping by Gardengetty. Then, you are the first who greeted me Merry Christmas. I will keep that on mind. :) I don't know why but we Filipinos really is excited come BER months.
@bagarad (11796)
• Paso Robles, California
1 Sep 11
It's still August 31 here, but I will wish you Happy 1st Day of September. I'm not a grinch, but there are no more children in the family, and the adults have stopped buying each other presents. We prefer to give that money we would have spent on the poorand just enjoy being together on Christmas now. If my own children were still living, we'd probably still be giving them presents as our parents did us, but now I like to give to children who have no one else to give them gifts. So although we celebrate Christmas, we no longer pay attention to the material aspects of it. It's a lot less stressful. Of course, if you have family near you and children, all those preparations can be a joy. I remember my children helping me make Teddy Bear breads to give our neighbors and friends at Christmas time, and how much fun it was to buy presents for my children.
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Hello there, bagarad. Your children are not living? I don't understand it much. There is a joyous feeling around come BER months. I like that you make Teddy bear bread or cookies. :) If I have a small oven, I also like to make cookies. I have a food business so that makes me a person who is always in the kitchen. Thaks for wishing me a Happy sepember 1st
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@edsss17 (4398)
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Merry Christmas too.. I can already feel the essence of Christmas.. Every morning the wind is so cool and the water too! :) BER months has already started. You got a wise idea.. I guess I'll buy gifts this early for me to save a bit.. COuldn't wait for December. It'll be my debut! :)
• Philippines
2 Sep 11
Thanks for dropping by edsss. You are still young. :) I know someone named edss too. She is also turning 18 on December. I wonder if its YOU? LOL. Items are cheaper this months to buy. You can save up buying earlier and think how many times if the gift you are buying will really like by the person you are giving it
@edsss17 (4398)
• Philippines
2 Sep 11
Seriously? Are you in Triond too? Or, a member of TFD? HAHAHAHA!
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
2 Sep 11
Merry Christmas! I didn't know anyone but me started this early. I am making a gift and I have bought a few. I order most of my stuff and it can't be delivered when the snow starts so I start early. Another reason is to spread the cost out over a few months instead of paying huge bills all at once.
• Philippines
2 Sep 11
Thanks for your response cerebellum. I really start looking for gifts to buy to save up. :)
@shrmanoj (384)
1 Sep 11
As we all know that the great festival in the world Christmas is coming near. I also like this festival although I am from a Hindu religion. I respect all the festivals and cultures celebrated in the world. This is one of my favorite festival and I respect it too. Every year in December 25,it is celebrated.
• Philippines
2 Sep 11
Welcome to mylot shrmanoj. Thanks for your response. I hope you will enjoy it here. see you around. :)
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Yah! Happy 1st day of BER to everyone! My son was pretty excited and asking me when are going to put up Christmas decor :-) but i told him its too early. We are the longest in the world to celebrate Christmas coz we end up till January of the next year. Well happy buying every1:-)
• Philippines
2 Sep 11
Thanks for dropping by igatiful_badass. :)
• United States
2 Sep 11
I am making a lot of homemade gifts as well and will be staring my shopping. Money has been tight, but I have been putting aside my money I make online as well as my spare change. Now I am back in school I will be dedicating my Fridays to working on my crafts and Saturdays and Sundays to remodeling the house. I love this time of the year.
@beingwell (3627)
• Thailand
2 Sep 11
I knew it! When I first read the topic name of this discussion, I thought that you may be Pinoy! And indeed you are from the Philippines.hahahaha! In my Facebook page, most of my Filipino friends have early Christmas greetings for me! Yay!! Happy Ber months to you bsg!
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
2 Sep 11
Oh my God! You are into the Christmas spirit allready! That is crazy! I have a big problem trying to get even into the Christmas spirit! Sometimes I wish there was not a Christams holiday! I've had alot of bad Christmases! Christmas has become so commericalized and it gets worse every year! I am sorry I feel like this but I don't get into Christmas like you and others do!
@toniganzon (49185)
• Philippines
2 Sep 11
That is so true as i have discussed it here as well a week before September started. On the first day of September my husband greeted me first. It was our tradition that whoever greets the person first Merry Christmas on that day will receive a present from the other. So my husband expects a good Christmas present from me.
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Happy 1st of September to you too! Thanks for reminding me about starting my Christmas shopping this early.
• India
1 Sep 11
ur celebration has started and my festival has over today having long fast without food and water for 24 hrs its tuff because i do once a year and from tomo Ganesh Festival will start so i am looking forward to enjoy .. Happy 1st day september to you ;-)
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Hi bluespy! I remember last year I was so excited for this Ber months. I don't feel it yet as I'm cramming for my school deadlines. But yes! Pinoy Christmas really do start in September, Unang Hirit even featured how to make homemade ham this morning. There was one super excited person who even posted a greeting at Facebook yesterday. lol How I wish I can start with Christmas shopping because like you I don't want to cram. But I'm still tight with money (that's why I'm working hard here at myLot) so shopping will have to come much much later. Ah, I wish some money will come to me before December!