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Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas presents

 I once thought that whoever invented  "Christmas gift giving" is some great
businessman. the Christmas rush is about buying presents to be given to, exchanged
with, people, customers, neighbors, friends, office mates, love interest, wife etc.
thats where the magic of Christmas is always a big hit. try not giving a present
to someone who asked "namamasko po" and he will remember you all throughout
the year and will be "unfriended" in real life on that moment.

try giving away 100.00 pesos each to every people knocking on your doorstep
at Christmas, and you instantly won their hearts and will be remembered every year
on Christmas with their magic word "namamasko po"

One of the main reasons we have the custom of giving and receiving presents at
Christmas, is to remind us of the presents given to JESUS by the 3 Wise Men:
they are: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. I guess most kids today  do not know this.

if I recall when I was a child I was told by our teacher, that Frankincense was a
perfume used in Jewish worship and, as a gift, it showed that people would worship
Jesus. Gold was associated with Kings. Christians believe that Jesus is the King
of Kings. then Myrrh (how do you pronounce this?) was a perfume that was put on
dead bodies to make them smell nice... as a gift, it showed that Jesus would suffer
and die. well, that is what I heared stories of old folks, and teachers,  and I guess
this story is handed down from generations.

One popular way of giving presents in groups such as car clubs, plant societies,
school college parties and corporate workplaces is to have a 'Secret Santa'. This is
where you pull the name of someone else in the group out of a container. You then
buy a present for that person. (is this monito monita?) When the presents are given
out at a Christmas party  each person is given their present but they have no idea
which person in the group bought it for them, (exchange gift filipino style)

The custom of hanging stockings comes from the story of St. Nicholas. from what
I read, Presents are opened on different days over the world as well. The earliest
presents are opened is on St. Nicholas' Eve on December 5th when children
receive their presents. On St. Nicholas' Day (6th December) children in some other
European countries open some of their presents.

here in our country, for kids, presents are "collected" they go to your place with
the magic word "namamasko po".
this year I received one present from my friend Almarie, I love it. because I give,
but I rarely received presents, for the past 14 yrs.

a Belated Merry Christmas to all of you. I was busy with things to do and
chores at the LANSHOP I forgot that I didnt write something  this Christmas.
how did you spend your Christmas? I spent Christmas with my family and
with townah, from Dec 22(Divisoria Christmas shopping), 23rd(missed the
UCCP Christmas party and got stalled on our way back, having to stay til the
the morning of Dec 24 waiting for the tow truck, then on Christmas eve watching
the fireworks at Commonwealth, and Christmas day eating lasagna. its a simple
Christmas. no travels abroad, no out of town expedition, just good friends
spending time together till Christmas. and this yr, the day after Christmas was

a bad day for our neighbors in Bicol because of the Christmas typhoon #Nina.
to the people not given any presents this Christmas, to the people who are
brokenhearted, who are single all their life complaining about how miserable
their love life is this Christmas... think again. how our Bicolano friends feel?
whats it like being hit by a cat4 superstorm the day after Christmas?
think again...
this is your LOVERBOY Dennis signing out. Happy Holidays! 

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