Christmas On Guam

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
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  • JENNY712
    emoticon blog! Thank you for sharing your Christmas Guam Celebration. emoticon
    2316 days ago
    Great blog, so interesting to see how people celebrate Xmas all over the world!
    I didn't know what 'Chamorro" was, so I looked it up.

    The best thing about Holidays are connecting with others, in my opinion!
    O yeah... and the eats!

    : )
    2337 days ago
    Very interesting! I love learning how other cultures celebrate and have traditions. Can't believe they import trees, LOL.
    2338 days ago
    Thank you for letting us know about your Christmas. It really sounds so festive and warm. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    2344 days ago
    Guam is in the tropics so we have year round summer with a wet season that is ending and a not so wet (dry season) that will start soon. Guam is 13* about the equator.

    2344 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    So is this actually your summer now Jane as it is in Australia and New Zealand? Seems odd to go to the beach and have BBQ for Christmas but then I love the beach in winter (fewer people) and we BBQ all year long. Christmas is what you make it... snow or no snow emoticon Thanks for sharing your holiday traditions... it's all about family no matter where we live emoticon

    emoticon Linda
    2344 days ago
    Thanks for letting us know about your Christmas
    on Guam. Have a wonderful family Christmas.
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    2345 days ago
    That is really interesting. Christmas on Guam sounds pretty similar to how my family spends Christmas, but we have to choose between my parents who are 900 miles away and my husband's parents who are 22 miles away.
    2345 days ago
    Thank you for sharing that! I love learning about other cultures (though I can't say I retain alot of it!) I hope you and your family have a marvelous Christmas.

    Our is supposed to be white. In our part of Colorado that hasn't been the norm, so we're looking forward to it!

    (((angel hugs)))

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    2345 days ago
  • MAGA99
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    2345 days ago
    My Dh and I lived in Guam for one year 1984-1985. He was a 5th grade teacher at Anderson Elementary School. I also remember Christmas on the beach with friends and making my own paper Christmas tree to hang on the wall of our apartment in Dededo. I made ornaments for the tree and I hung paper cutout snowflakes from the ceiling. Enjoy your warm Christmas. :)
    2345 days ago
    Thank you very much for sharing with us. Doesn't matter where or how you celebrate the birth of Jesus as long as you celebrate with the ones you love.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours....and peace on earth is my prayer for all.
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