Yes, we start attending Christmas parties this weekend. Since some of our Filo friends are leaving for Manila by the first week of December, Christmas parties are usually organized as early as November so we'd still all be here in Sydney. Ganyan ang buhay naming mga Pinoy dito pag Pasko. We have to consider friends' leaving for Christmas holidays in the Phils because we all want to be together and celebrate before we say goodbye to 2009. Our next get-together with our friends is when they come back from their holiday trip.
That is also one reason why we start shopping for Christmas pressies early. Chris and I start shopping as early as October/November...and I do bits and pieces at the start of June every year. We want all gifts to be ready by December because we hate being part of the crowds in malls and we always want a stressful free Christmas. We don't want Christmas time to be about finding gifts and being stressed. We like that Christmas be relaxed so we can focus on spending time with family and friends and celebrating the birth of Christ (which is the true essence of the season).
Other than shopping early for pressies, one of our Christmas traditions is creating our own personalized tags every year and picking out a color for christmas gift wraps.
This is our tag for this year (below) and our theme is silver.
Chris designs whatever artwork we need and our Christmas tags are one of his creations. My role is to supply the words to be written on the tags. Teamwork.
What about you? How are things going with your Christmas preps?