I don’t know in your country, but in the Philippines, Christmas has been on the air since last month. Christmas lights are everywhere. We hear Christmas songs played on the radio. Big department stores already have their annual holiday sale.
Most Filipinos are Christians with about three-fourth of the population being Catholics. This is the reason why Christmas is a very important holiday in our country.
In the Philippines, we observe Christmas between the months of September and February. Now, that’s a long celebration, don’t you think? We start our preparation for the Yuletide season on the first week of September. We start counting down the days ’til December 25.
At home, during the first week, my mom would retrieve the Christmas tree that we’ve been using for four years. She would then assemble it in the living room and decorate it with an old Christmas light which some bulbs are already not working. She does not want to replace it with a new one because according to her, it’s not necessary. She used to tell us that Christmas is not all about the ornaments but our family to celebrate it together. Because of this, I always make sure to come home every Christmas eve.
Here are some Christmastide traditions we have in the Philippines that every Filipinos always come home to:
— Christmas caroling (singing Christmas carols in your neighbors’ front door and receive some treats)
— Misa de Gallo – a novena of dawn Masses from December 16 to 24 (Christmas Eve)
— Noche Buena (when the family gathers together to eat and share some food)
— Christmas parties and exchanging gifts
— parol (lanterns made from bamboos, woods or recycled materials)
How about you? How do you celebrate the Yuletide season in your place?
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