Nine Days of Christmas

The Christmas Season fully launched here in the Philippines yesterday.   In Bogo City there were carolers, lights, sales and fireworks too.  Bogo City really loves their fireworks.  But, central to Christmas in the Philippines is the nine days of prayer.  Early every morning, Filipino by the millions head to their local parish to pray.  This is called misa de gallo which means mass at dawn.  Dawn is too early for me.  LOL

Here in Bogo City, I think they do that every day as the church bells ring between 3:00 to 3:30 AM.Christmas Bells

Last night we went to the BBQ by the Bay and the whole city was alive with lights.  Dancing lights, static lights, Christmas decorations everywhere.  I’m going to try to get out tonight and take both video and still shots of it all.  I hope they don’t turn them off, I hope it wasn’t a one night thing but I doubt it was just for one night.  I wonder if there will be more fireworks.  Hope we know in advance this time.

Yesterday, Jessie and I went out Christmas shopping.  She was so happy and she’s still being such a child playing with the kids toys.  She spent hours wrapping things last night.  She keeps wanting to keep the mega water guns we got for the kids.  The stars in her eyes tell me she’s still a kid too.  :)  Which I love to see.  Seeing her happy makes me want to give more but we’ve already blown through out Christmas money.  It really goes much further here than it would have in the states.  Its hard to find inexpensive toys now a days in the US.   We bought a ton of toys that cost less than $3.00 each.  We a also bought both boys a bike and we got them a kid tough digital camera from Fisher-Price.  We ordered the camera from the states.

We need more decorations though, a wreath, a star and I really want a Nativity scene.  I have my own tradition of buying one a year but so far the only one I’ve seen is about P400 which I consider to be a lot of money and I want most of the money to go the boys but I also want some Christ in Christmas.  I’ll have to get one.  I’m surprised Prince didn’t have them marked down more.  I may walk down to the market today to see if I can find one there.  They may also have something in Gaisano.

I went to the market yesterday, didn’t look for that, we did buy more Christmas decorations though.  There is one type of decoration I’ve not seen else where.  I think it is native to the Philippines.  I’m not quite sure how to describe it.  I’ll get some pictures of them soon.  They might be Chinese influenced.  I saw some that had tubes in them that I think could be packed with rockets to make them spin around.  They are not very expensive but don’t know if I want to load them up with fireworks either. :)

I intend to soak up as much Christmas as I can.  The weather has been cool, by Filipino standards.  I hope that keeps up.  Humidity feels way down.   There is a typhoon off our east coast but it is expected to head east and then break up.   I hope it is just a little cooler and the typhoon doesn’t have a lot to do with it.  Jessie has told me that December and January were the coolest months in the Philippines.  She was cold at the BBQ last night, i was not burning up. :)

My camera’s battery was dead yesterday so I didn’t get any pictures.  I’ll try to do better today and tonight.  It looks as if it will be a very merry Philippine Christmas.

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