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    Christmas is Not about Gifts and Money

    The longest celebration of Christmas in the world is in the Philippines (one of two predominantly Christian nations in Asia...and you still think the Philippines is the only one?), some celebrate it once the "ber" month of September begins, some join right after Halloween is over. It will end on the Day of the Three Kings (or Magi), called Epiphany.

    The month of December is the time of sales promotions with shopping malls announcing sale, promos and bargains, making road traffic unbearable. Many people, who seem to not run out of cash, go on a shopping spree. ATMs start going offline and dispense only either P500 or P1000 bills while some go to their banks to exchange crisp bills fresh from the money-making machines of the BSP.

    How does Tutubi celebrate Christmas? He's used to simple celebration, stay at home, no feasts and lavish spending, no materialism and commercialized Christmas celebration. Most of his Christmas bonus went straight to his savings account after shaving off mortgages for his future home, slowly but surely preparing for his planned early retirement in the Philippines which is an uncommon habit for Filipinos who'd start the new year broke due to overspending during the holiday season.


    Two bundles of crisp twenty peso bills for Christmas giveaways to children. This used to be hundred pesos, then fifty pesos, and now, due to the crisis and hard times made more difficult with multiplying nephews, nieces and godchildren, now just twenties or veinte pesos.

    Tutubi's a "gifted child" annually during his company's Christmas party with his officemates giving him gifts. It's great even if he has yet to win any major raffle prizes at Chrismas parties

    Christmas is not about gifts and money, it's meant for spreading message of love, peace and hope even if you're "pesoless."

    Merry Christmas and a Hopefully No Recession New Year!


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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 12:01 PM,

    17 Comments:

    At Dec 24, 2008, 6:20:00 PM, Blogger Nina said...

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am also cutting my spendings...it helps that I am in a country where Christmas is not celebrated. Christmas here is just an ordinary working day. No festive mood. malungkot pero okay na rin, I am with my hubby naman :)

     
    At Dec 24, 2008, 10:44:00 PM, Blogger Mitz said...

    Merry Christmas Tutubi! I agree on the No Recession New Year. Enjoy the holidays :)

     
    At Dec 25, 2008, 12:32:00 AM, Blogger Lawstude said...

    Merry Christmas Bro to you and your family.

     
    At Dec 25, 2008, 1:26:00 AM, Anonymous nina said...

    Merry Christmas Tutubi :)

     
    At Dec 25, 2008, 6:11:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. I prefer the simple way of celebrating Christmas too.

    My christmas traditions are here: http://ewok1993.wordpress.com

     
    At Dec 25, 2008, 7:19:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    I agree with you, Christmas should not be material.
    We try to keep gifts modest here, but try our best to look for something the receiver really wants.
    You are a wise man!
    Merry Christmas!

     
    At Dec 26, 2008, 9:59:00 PM, Blogger Lionheart : Richard the Adventurer said...

    Merry Christmas!


    Tipid tipid din po ako... :) Hehe :) Buti na lang 2 pa lang ang inaanak ko!

     
    At Dec 26, 2008, 11:34:00 PM, Anonymous bw said...

    It's the spirit of the season that matters most. Merry Christmas ! Hope you had a wonderful celebration with your family :)

     
    At Dec 27, 2008, 3:41:00 AM, Blogger Rochelle said...

    You are so right. Christmas is not about things... but about people and finding ways to show them our love... and it doesn't have to be wrapped in a pretty box with a big bow!! Great post! Merry Christmas!!

     
    At Dec 27, 2008, 4:59:00 AM, Blogger acey said...

    hi, tutubi! i hope you enjoyed your christmas. :D

    gotta love the crispy money. and, wow, you got so many gifts!

     
    At Dec 27, 2008, 1:17:00 PM, Blogger jasperjugan said...

    merry christmas!! hope you're having a good time as well! :)

     
    At Dec 28, 2008, 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Kyels said...

    You're right; Christmas isn't about gifts and money.

    (:

     
    At Dec 29, 2008, 3:02:00 PM, Anonymous Sexy Mom said...

    indeed

    belated Merry Christmas!

    Dine

     
    At Dec 29, 2008, 6:47:00 PM, Blogger Anna said...

    Wow, this is really a comprehensive blog. Pretty useful too!

    Cheers
    Anna

     
    At Dec 30, 2008, 2:21:00 AM, Blogger carlotta said...

    merry christmas and a happy new year tutubi!

    more travelling for you this 2009 as well! =)

     
    At Jan 1, 2009, 9:05:00 AM, Anonymous claudia said...

    happy new year from Florence!!!

     
    At Jan 1, 2009, 4:32:00 PM, Blogger tin-tin said...

    so nanalo ka ba sa company raffle?

    happy new year! :)

     

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