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It is Christmas Time again in Davao

American Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday shopping crazies in the States are cleaning their wounds and in a lot of the US the temperatures are cooling and winter clothes are being unpacked. But here in the Philippines none of these changes happens. So how do you know the season is arriving? Well a while back I mentioned “Ber Season”. That is the first sign of the coming of the Christmas Season. Ber equals months...

The Ber Season

When I was a child, the stores did not decorate or promote Christmas until after Thanksgiving (3rd Thursday of November for non Americans). As time progressed and merchants wanted to extend the shopping season, the stores kept making it earlier. It was after Halloween when they started displaying Christmas decorations. Now you will see Christmas displays next to the costumes and pumpkins for Holloween. Even houses start...

Christmas 2007

What difference a year makes. Last year I came to Davao to spend Christmas and New Years with Elena and her family. At that time Elena’s mom was still alive even though she was bedridden from strokes and Alzheimer’s. When I arrived there was already a lot of family here and by Christmas day the house was full with 23 people. Linda who is Elena’s sister-in-law with 2 of her 3 kids Jun Jun and Nadem. Then there was...