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Tips on How to Celebrate Christmas Away from Home

Updated on January 31, 2015

Christmas Away from Home

Christmas is the most awaited season in the Christian world because it is the birth of Jesus Christ. Cool air, smell of food, feasts, family celebrations are just some of the manifestations of Christmas. For me, this is the time for children and family to be together and have a joyful celebration of sharing, giving and loving.

Thankful to technology:

Without internet and webcam, it would be every difficult for me and expensive too to talk to my children. I miss my children so much but it will be eased after talking and seeing them in the screen (thanks to YM, webcam and phone settings). You see, this is very difficult when you have the longings and you can see them on the screen but you cant feel them. I came to accept the fact that this is very difficult, but I have to lived by it. I have choices in life, we never yet know if they are good or bad in the long run. We just hoped and work for it to the best of our knowledge and ability. I really thank Science and Bill Gates for making life easier for everybody.

Christmas with the children:

Christmas during my adult life is always celebrated with my children. There was never a moment when I wouldn’t take a leave for two weeks from work aside from the mandatory leave the office gave us so that we can be with our family during Christmas season. I will devote almost all of my time with my children, preparing for their Christmas parties, attending their Christmas programs and just running the house. It takes time because I have four children who are studying and each of them have Christmas parties and programs. Although they can be on their own, I am the one who is the sole responsible for them as I have the custody of all the four and their father has another family already.

Decorating the house:

We decorate the house together. It is a fond memory for me and my children. I like Christmas trees and the Belen “manger” where the Christ is born in a stable. I just buy lanterns from the store because it is cheaper to buy than to make it on your own. The mall is the favorite place for us during the season. I am anticipating expenditures so as early as June I already saved money for the holidays.

Fun and sharing:

Christmas would be very fun for me and my children because we go to the malls together, buy all the necessary costumes and the gifts for their exchange gifts and for everybody. Usually I will spend my time two days just to cover all the gifts for children and other children too. You see, it has been a tradition that I feed children the Sunday before Christmas day. It is a form of sharing what I have for the year. When I came here in the United States, I usually feed children in the neighborhood every Sunday. The place I am staying is surrounded by apartments with low to low-middle income class so there are many children just playing and roaming around the streets which came to know where I lived and they would visit once in a while there. I also miss my children, and I love children so I entertain them. There is always joy in making children happier.

Christmas cards and gifts:

I usually send Christmas cards and gifts as early as mid November because by December the post is going to be very busy already. I don’t want to pay extra cost for speed mails and I want card to have a letter on it. It takes me the whole day just to write personal notes to cards. It will cover all my friends, relatives and close family, my parents. And everybody is expecting gifts from me too. I just send money to my sister and a list of people to give gifts too and she will do it for me to save money posting them.

Going to church:

Now you ask me, how about going to church, to be honest I don’t go to church anymore not that there are fewer here in the US but that I don’t really believe anymore in going to a place to worship and pray. As I have always thought I celebrate Christmas because of children and I want them to be happy, that’s all.


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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      thank you so much for the wonderful take on this article, there are lots of reasons why my children are not here with me, I am still establishing myself here in the US and so i can get them too, the best place for them right now is with my parents there. They are studying there and having tutors to learn more english so that when they go here, they will not be uprooted totally. I love my children so much like you, but I have to live by it for a few more time. They serve as why I am here now because I also send money to them, so that they can have a good life in terms of economic sense. I know time will soon pass and can be with them. You are very thoughtful and a good man, Thanks a lot!

      You made me cry, but it is ok, I cry but I am always hopeful and I always smile don't worry ok.

      Merry christmas too and may you have the abundance in life in the coming new year!

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      hubby7 8 years ago from Chicago

      Hi prettydarkhorse. Nice but sad hub. Personally, I cannot fathom being away from my kid on such a special day. In fact, I could see myself even leaving them for a week. Sure, it is good to do things for kids. But what kids wants us to do is to do things WITH them. More important than that is the many little things that kids say and do that make you grateful that you had them. Time waits for no one. Kids grow up quickly. Before you know it, they will be grown. However, I do not know your circumstance or your reason for leaving your kids behind. All I know is that the opportunity comes only once, then it is gone forever! I pray that you and your kids will be united soon. Sure, you and your kids can view each other on webcam and talk over the phone, but that is not the same as being able to reach out and touch and squeeze the human hand or hug, embrace the human flesh. I hope none of this made you sad or that you feel that I judged you in any way. I was just expressing my genuine feelings and thoughts. On that note, let me be the first to wish you and your kids a Happy and Merry Christmas!

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      hi stella, thanks for dropping by here, musta na! bless you always!

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      stilla 8 years ago

      i read your article very nice goodluck,god blees you

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      ms sweetiepieL thanks so much for dropping by, your a good friend!

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      sweetiepie 8 years ago

      hi your a great person .just do what u know its good for u...goodluck

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      hi beth, yeah it is difficult, but I know I will be with them soon, i am just taking my time. thanks for reading this one....

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      beth811 8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      It's sad to know spending Christmas without your children.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      hi lyricsngray thanks for reading this one! Yes I need to do the right things for me an dmy children.Thanks for dropping by.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      hi Dohn, thanks for reading this one! Well, as I told you I just celebrate Christmas because of children! I think am really nice also, but sometimes need to worry about what others tell me specially my parents!!

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      lyricsingray 8 years ago

      Do what's good for you - sounds like you will be and I am so pleased you are. Thanks, Kimberly

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You celebrate and worship however way you see fit, Pretty. You do more than most, so don't worry about how others perceive you. You certainly have a huge heart and I admire you for that. I wish you all the very best.


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