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Chamorro Traditions at Christmas, Part 2

by Nick Delgado

Guam - Sinajana residents Joaquin and Chong Lujan are usually the first to string up the Christmas lights and put up the decorations in their village. In fact, the Lujans say it's been a tradition for them since 1972. "To me, since I was growing up, I see my mother and my oldest sister, every time December comes, they've been decorating the house, I just follow that tradition since we have our own house, we've started decorating it for my children and the grandchildren," Joaquin said.

While other homes in the village have an abundance of lights as well, the Lujans say their motivation to decorate is not about whose lights shine brightest, with Joaquin adding, "I don't believe in competition, I do it because I love it. I don't do it because of competition, but I love seeing Christmas lights all around."

Aside from the lights, the Lujans like many local families get together for a novena. Joaquin even takes the time to re-paint some of his decorations every year to keep them looking new, ad he said, "They are much brighter but it's still the same the way I always put it up."  Chong added, "But me, I love my belen."

Joaquin says he starts putting up hundreds of lights before Thanksgiving spending about an hour or two a day. He says part of the reason he does this every year is for the people that drive by his home and compliment his work. It also wouldn't be a traditional local holiday without some of Chong's bonelos dagu and lemai donuts.

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