. december 25, what is it ?

@SIMPLYD (84599)
Philippines
November 27, 2011 7:19pm CST
Here in the Philippines, December 25 , is Christmas Day, the day when Jesus was born for the Catholics and Christians. We celebrate it by going to church and preparing foods. In different offices, we have Christmas parties. We would even have costumes and parlor games to celebrate it. Everybody is happy. To my family, Christmas is also the birthday of our only child, a now, turning 21 year old lady, studying Medicine in a far city. My husband , daughter (who would go home for the Christmas vacation ) and I, would go to church on that day, then go to the mall to let our daughter choose what we would buy her as our gifts.My husband and I have separate gifts and we would always let her choose two gifts, Christmas and birthday gifts, because she said she also wants to receive a Christmas gift. Then, we would eat lunch and buy her cake, for the birthday party in the afternoon. Christmas is indeed a very memorable day for our family. How about for you guys?
8 responses
• China
28 Nov 11
What a coincidence that Christmas is also your daughter's birthday.That day a double blessing will descend upon your house.In these days my mother who is a convinced christian asks me how many days to go before Christmas nearly every day.Even though she is in her 90,she said she is sure to go to church that day.
@SIMPLYD (84599)
• Philippines
29 Nov 11
Yes, us Christians really have it in our mind to go to church on Christmas day. It's our way of paying our respect and gratefulness to God, for sending his son Jesus to us. We are also like your mother, so excited for Christmas day to come.
• China
29 Nov 11
I know you are a devout christian ,you look forward to that day.Wish you a happy Christmas in advance.
@SIMPLYD (84599)
• Philippines
29 Nov 11
Advance Merry Christmas too , my friend. So, are you a CHristian too? I'm just curious my friend.
@shanemae (1025)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
wow! that is indeed fun! so you only have one child. even if there are only three of you in the family i can see that you are happy during the Christmas season. i hope you enjoy this year's Christmas too! for us, the day before Christmas eve we would be busy during the day as we will be preparing the food for noche buena. i enjoy helping my mom cooking. then later in the night we would prepare ourselves as we will be going to church then after that we eat all the prepared dish in the table. the next day we would invite our cousins, uncles and aunts to come in our house to enjoy and be happy all day.
@SIMPLYD (84599)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
We live with my parents-in-law. Since my gay brother in-law works in a far province, he gets to go home only on weekends and have to rush back on Sunday. So on Christmas day, it's the five of us in their big house. And since the PIL are old, i do all the cooking. So, other items are just bought cooked already. But unlike your family, me, my husband and daughter go to church on Christmas day, because i am too tired to go to church on Christmas eve. Besides, we want it that way so we can celebrate also our daughter's birthday by ourselves. The afternoon will be with the rest of the family. Indeed, Christmas is a time for reunions and family gatherings! Right shane?
@shanemae (1025)
• Philippines
2 Dec 11
oh i see! it's nice to be living with the grand parents. oh, i suddenly miss my grand parents who has already left for good. that must be tough for you since you would only be the one working on all the Christmas cooking. family day on Christmas day!! loove it. that's right Simplyd. i love Christmas because it's the best time that family reunions are held.
@SIMPLYD (84599)
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
AT this early, i have talked about the cookings with everybody that i will do on Christmas. They decided to buy the other foods except for the salads, which i will be cooking.
• Philippines
28 Nov 11
Jesus was born not in 25 december because there is no record in the Bible, or exact date. He was born in the time of cold day, giving.. Always to remeber that He was born ,but not in 25.
• Philippines
28 Nov 11
I agree this comment. There is no record in the bible about december 25. But it doesn't matter at all if u believe in God and to His son Jesus Christ everyday u can feel the presence u called christmas. ^_^
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• Philippines
28 Nov 11
Yes,we can always feel the Christmas every day if we have Christ in our hearts. Yes there is no record,because the Bible said it..
@SIMPLYD (84599)
• Philippines
29 Nov 11
Yes, in the bible it wasn't mentioned really as to when was the date when Jesus was born. But still we Catholics grew up with the tradition of celebrating it on December 25. And i am so happy that i also gave birth to our only child, on Christmas day! felt so blessed on that day, indeed. So, we really always celebrate Dec. 25 for the two reasons.
@toniganzon (53392)
• Philippines
6 Dec 11
I had stopped celebrating Christmas when i was 13 and started celebrating it again when i had my son. My son is the only reason i want to celebrate Christmas as i want him to experience the joy of this season. Even though it's not only during this season that we lavish him with gifts, it's on this special occasion that we really make him feel special.
@svjomboy (876)
• Philippines
29 Nov 11
well my views about christmass is just a traditions and we cant read on the bible that you people celibrate christmass.and nobody knows Jesus christ born on december 25.
@SIMPLYD (84599)
• Philippines
29 Nov 11
Yes, it wasn't stated when was Jesus born. But it was narrated on how He came to be. It is just the tradition of Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. But no one actually knows when it should be. What is important is we have a particular day to celebrate it.
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
28 Nov 11
Hi Simplyd... Your plans are awsome. A cute family gathering will surely make your Christmas memorable... You will meet your daughter who is studying far away from your city... Its wonderful... Have a nice time...
@SIMPLYD (84599)
• Philippines
29 Nov 11
Actually my friend, this is always what is being done on Christmas day. We have to really celebrate it, because it's Jesus' and our daughter's birthday. It's also a thanksgiving for us because He gave us our daughter on His natal day too.
@thesids (22357)
• Bhubaneswar, India
28 Nov 11
Hi SIMPLYD As I am not a Christian, 25th Dec should be quite an ordinary day... but I had a few Christian Friends who made that day special. I would go to the church and even join them in the celebrations at their place. Somewhere, they introduced me to the orphanage the Church has here. And since I started gaining back health in 2008, the children at the orphanage have become friends and I make it a point to visit them each festive occasion with some chocolates or even story books (if I have some money) or even spend some time being one of them. And then, last year, at MyLot, many lotters became friends and we really had a great time here - during 15-31st Dec. that went on into the next month. Doesnt all of this make it Special? So what I am not a Christian.... I celebrate every festivity I can
@SIMPLYD (84599)
• Philippines
29 Nov 11
I think sids, correct me if i am wrong , even non-Christians do have this kind of occasion in their religion? One that depicts the first coming of their God? Well, since many Christians celebrate Christmas, and because they are friends of non- Christians, they can all very well join the partaking of the foods prepared for that day. It's the spirit of Christmas actually that is in them to make them happy.
@yahnee (1250)
• Philippines
28 Nov 11
Since you are a Filipino, you know that we have the longest Christmas celebration in the world. Seems like the season started in October because of the Christmas songs over the radio reminding us that the holiday season is coming. I used to welcome Christmas with eagerness and excitement with the anticipation of having a few days of paid vacation to enjoy the season. But since I am into online jobs, I no longer feel the anticipation that I used to. There are no parties to prepare for, no office raffles to join and no gifts to expect. This year, if plans will push through I may be in Cebu for the holidays and the kids will most probably be in Sagada to visit the caves. New Year will be the time for the family get together. We do the gift giving and celebrations on this day in tune to the fireworks that would erupt amidst the skies. We have not been a traditional Filipino family by way of Christmas celebrations.
@SIMPLYD (84599)
• Philippines
28 Nov 11
Being together with the family on those occasions, is by itself a celebration already. One doesn't have to conform with traditions just to celebrate it. What is important is to give homage to God and be together with the family.