Childhood Christmas Memories

The Christmas spirit is alive and well, despite the hardships and worries we (all) have gone through this year.

I have deliberately decided to do this Weekly Question today to kick off a Christmas-inspired weekly question that I have prepared.

Incidentally, the FilipinoMomBlog.com invites you to join our Christmas finds weekly meme called Fab Holiday Finds. Check out the mechanics here, thank you 🙂

What special Christmas memories do you still cherish as the years pass by?

My answer:

I have a lot of Christmas memories as a young girl to keep me by and these are very special to me. Some of these are:

  • I remember my mother preparing lots of goodies for the children at church then. She was an officer in our church and she was in  charged of getting and putting together goodies. Inside the brown paper bags are an apple, candies, small chocolates and other tokens.
  • I remember going to church every dawn for the Misa de Gallo, after which we partake hot drinks and yummy tummy fillers like suman or bibingka. Families in the church take turns in preparing these food for the church members.
  • I love candy canes and I used to take bites on my candy canes and wrap it again to be eaten after some time. I didn’t want to eat for just one time.
  • I love the cool December air, the sky full of stars and the colorful sunset during this month. I still do.
  • I look forward to camping by the beach for five days after Christmas but this happened when I was in sixth grade till I was in HS.
  • Going to Subic Naval Base (now SBMA) to attend my father’s office Christmas party. Subic Naval base then used to be off-limits to the public because only American and Filipino personnel are allowed access. I remember eating imported chocolates and red crispy apples, which were not readily available in the market, specifically in the provinces.

What about you? What special Christmas memories do you have as a child? Join me here and share your thoughts.

7 Responses to Childhood Christmas Memories

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  2. Barbara Landon

    The year my parents divorced in November and I was feeling sorry for myself.
    My Grandmother had me baking cookies for the retirement home, delivering food to the poor neighbors–but always running away so they wouldn’t know who gave the gift.

    She told me that Christmas isn’t always happy but it at least one person cares and wants to make your Christmas Happy, it sure does help.

  3. Hi Julie! Sorry for being a delinquent participant in this meme. But I extremely enjoyed doing this week’s Q.
    I had a few bites of putobumbong yesterday when a mom-friend in school brought one. Ang sarap!

    Masarap gawin tong meme na to kasi masarap mag reminisce. 🙂

    Here is my post:http://imomonline.net/?p=1090

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  5. I admire your mom’s kind heart. It must be wonderful to be part of a close knit church community.

    I’m beginning to miss bibingka and puto bung bong. 🙂

    I just posted mine here:
    http://mysoulfulthoughts.com/2008/12/03/weekly-question-27/

  6. There is no Christmas like a Filipino Christmas, right? I love how all the yummy goodies come out during Christmas! hehehe 🙂

    Read my memories HERE

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