October 9, 2007

On to happier things

After being described as angry and hostile for sharing my thoughts in someone's blog, for disagreeing with the ideas expressed there (yes, because having other ideas is a bad, bad thing), yet respecting the right to speech, I will write about happy things today. I stand by what I wrote there. At least I do not hide under the cloak of anonymity (although I am thankful that an Anonymous defended me about the F word).

So happy things.

It's already October! Halloween's lurking around the corner. Close on its heels are Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.

Halloween: Not really a big fan of Halloween. Sure, dressing up is fun, but it's something I'm not inclined to do.

Thanksgiving: Never really had Thanksgiving in the Philippines, although the concept of being thankful for blessings that come your way is very Filipino. That's why Thanksgiving is something we easily adapted to. It's nothing new, except for the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, maize, other fall vegetables, and pumpkin pie. Hmm...that just made me hungry. Moving on...

Christmas: Of all the holidays, I LOVE Christmas. Buying gifts, wrapping them up, sending out Christmas cards. Last year's holiday season caught me by surprise. This year, well, I already started my Christmas shopping. Even updated our holiday card list. I think this year, to be environmentally-friendly, we will send less Christmas cards and more e-cards. I wonder, do people actually keep them? I know I keep them for a year, then I shred them. As for Christmas gifts, I like buying gifts for others. However, my husband pointed out something interesting: you buy gifts for everyone, not necessarily something they want or they use, just to give them something. Then you receive the same type of gift from them, not necessarily something you want or use. You both end up with gifts you both never really wanted. Then you start wondering how you'll deal with it. Which is true for some people in our gift list. So this year, we're trimming our list. I already know what I'm buying for those in the list. I also think it'll be useful for them. Here's a link to Wikipedia's article "Christmas in the Philippines".

New Year: I miss New Year's Eve in my country. In case you're wondering how New Year's Eve is celebrated, here's something I got from Wikipedia:

Filipinos usually celebrate New Year's Eve with the company of family and close friends. Traditionally, most households stage a dinner party named Media Noche in their homes. Typical dishes include pancit, Jamon and if the family could afford it, Lechon, which is usually considered as the centerpiece of the dinner table. Barbecued food is also an integral part of the menu.

Most Filipinos follow a set of traditions that are typically observed during New Year's Eve. Included among these traditions is the customary habit of wearing clothes with circular patterns like polka dots, this signifies the belief that circles attract money and fortune. Traditions also include the serving of circularly-shaped fruits, shaking of coins inside a metal casserole while walking around the house, jumping high which is believed to cause an increase in physical height and making loud noises to drive away "evil" spirits among others. Households also spend money to buy firecrackers and pyrotechnics that would be ignited at the strike of midnight.

from Wikipedia's article "New Year's Eve"

Last time I was there was 1999. So long ago. I miss Christmas there. Plus, the New Year is always greeted with such noise and fanfare. So much fun.