Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A few of you have asked how we celebrate Christmas on Guam. Most of the Chamorros and Filipinos on Guam are Roman Catholic. That means midnight mass for the faithful with some families opening gifts afterward while others wait for day light. Many families go to the beach for the day and that means grandparents, children, grandchildren and even great grands with all the aunts and uncles and their families. Other families go to a family home that has the yard to hold the crowd. The children play and the older people chat. Usually there is a barbecue with food that is wonderful. Much of the activities take place outside because it is so warm and it would be difficult to put up to 100 people into a house. People come and go because the younger couples go to his and her parents to “show their respect” and spend time with both families.
Because my family is small I usually join the family of my son with the Chamorro wife and my other sons and their families are invited also.
When i first came we used a well shaped bush or tree with some people having plastic ones. Now real Christmas trees are brought in from the states. Many people put lights around their homes for over a month or up to January 6th which is Three Kings.
Hope this answers some of your questions.
Jane on Guam