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Christmas in General
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Christmas in General
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As soon as "BER" month comes, here in the Philippines everyone is already thinking about Christmas. That's why we are in the Guinness as a country who celebrate Christmas in a long period of time. That's how special this celebration for us, its part of our culture that family, friends and relatives get together and give gift for each other. Its a common thing, just like in any other country, but there are more things that we do to celebrate Christmas.
When halloween ends we start to decorate our house with different Christmas decorations. Like we put Christmas lights outside the house, Christmas tree is already standing and our famous giant lanterns is already hanging.
To really feel the Christmas season, we do our own version of simbang gabi or morning mass. and when we say morning mass its 4 o clock in the morning. We have 9 mornings to complete, and they say if you complete that 9 morning mass your wish will be granted, I don't know if its true but for me its a tradition to feel Christmas.
We do love to sing that's why Christmas caroling is a big thing for us. People or children in particular goes to different house and start to sing Christmas carols and as a appreciation to them we give money or candies. Sometimes choirs, friends, or family members do this tradition, sometimes its annoying but that's the way to feel the spirit of Christmas.
Christmas eve, everyone here are all busy cooking, doing last minute shopping and some still wrapping gifts. That's how excited we are on Christmas, we do attend mass and then wait for 12 in the morning of Dec 25 and start to greet everyone Merry Christmas. The Noche Buena is already prepared in the table and everyone starts to eat, when everyone is finished we start giving gifts.
On the day of Christmas, children are all busy going to their ninangs and ninongs or godfather and godmother to greet Merry Christmas and they will be given gifts or money. When I was still a kid I did this, and now that I'm already a godmother its time for me to spend and give gifts to my godchild. By the way ninangs and ninongs serves as second parents to the children, they are the one's who take that vows during the child's baptism or confirmation.
To sum it all Christmas for us is all about family, no matter what food we have on our table as long as we are all complete. 2 more days and its Christmas I hope everyone is happy and healthy, BE HAPPY ON THIS DAY, IT ONLY COMES ONCE A YEAR!. IF YOU HAVE ENEMIES FORGIVE THEM, IF YOUR ALONE ITS TIME TO COME HOME AND IF YOUR CRYING USE THIS AS A REASON TO SMILE.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!
Summary: All about Filipino Christmas celebration