Merry Christmas to all of you guys!
This is my third Christmas in Korea yet it is as meaningful and as joyful as the ones I had when I was in the Philippines. Pinoys abroad always lament that holidays abroad is so different from what we have back home. That is so true but then there’s no reason why it couldn’t be as meaningful or joyful.
My husband and I have different religions and cultural backgrounds. He is Buddhist while I’m a baptized Catholic. We always celebrate Christmas in the Philippines no matter how hard the times are. I know of some people who would even borrow money just so they could buy gifts, new clothes, and food for the holidays.
When I was young, I’m always excited with Christmas because of the new clothes, shoes, gifts and of course – no classes! Things changed when I became a college student. That year we survived the historical volcanic explosion that is of Mt. Pinatubo. From then on, I remember having a more meaningful Christmas celebration every year.
Now that I’m here in South Korea, where Christmas is not celebrated as excitingly as in the Philippines, I don’t really miss the new shoes, clothes, Christmas decorations or the atmosphere that much. My husband had been asking me for the past 5 years to set-up holiday decorations at home, but I don’t really need them to remind me of the holidays. I don’t even need to listen to Christmas songs in December (well, you can hear Christmas carols from time to time any time of the year in Korea!)
My friends and I would also have our mini-Christmas parties. Although we won’t have any this year since they’re all in the Philippines. Apparently, I’m one of the few staying in Korea for the holidays.
I know that today is Christmas eve and I’m excited to celebrate it with my family. And the gifts? I got my husband a portable DMB player and a Thomas & Friends set for my son. I would’ve chosen any of the Victorinox Swiss Army watches if I could get them. Next time…