Santa Clause to come visit. It is my sister, Station’s Job to decorate cookies and my Job to make rice crispy treats. My dad is always in charge of the sausage balls for Christmas morning. My mom is usually still busy wrapping last minute gifts. Joy and excitement fills the house while we make our last minute preparations, even our Yorkers are anxious to see what Christmas morning will bring. My mother always buys my sister and I matching pajamas to wear to sleep while we Walt for Santa to visit.
It Is tradition to sit In front of the fireplace with the dogs and have pictures taken by my mom. Gaston worries every year that she has not been good enough for Old Saint Nick to visit her. Before we are tucked in for bed, my sister and I open one present from underneath the tree; Gaston has her picked out for days, while it is always hard for me to decide which present to open. Now, we set out the goodies and letters to Santa. Once everything is in perfect order, Gaston and I head off to my bed with our three dogs.
Gaston is always so excited that she keeps me up for hours talking about Rudolph and the elves. Giving to friends and neighbors is a family tradition that we have every year. Exchanging homemade goodies with friends and neighbors Is a way we show the Christmas split of Glenn. We always look forward to Glenn to others, which Is a strong belief to my family: we believe that Glenn Is better than receiving. Glenn to others reminds us what the Christmas holiday is all about.
My mom bakes the most exceptional pumpkin bread ever and Lori, an old family friend, makes the greatest judge. Our families have been exchanging Christmas goodies since I can remember. It has also become a tradition for our families to deliver small gifts and cookies to other family friends. Another tradition we have is to adopt an angel from the organization called, Spirit of Christmas. Every year my sister and I pick out a young girl to shop for. We reminisce about our childhood memories while chose toys for the child.
Sharing the Christmas holiday with friends and neighbors reminds us how we are all brothers In the family of Christ. What Is the true meaning of Christmas? The stores are stocked with Christmas trees, Santa Claus, elves, and eight tiny reindeer. All of these are now what we associate family celebrates Christmas because it is Jesus’ birthday. As Christians, we believe that Christ is our savior. Santa Claus became a part of Christmas because of the legendary story of the monk, SST. Nicholas; he was a wealthy man who traveled the country giving gifts to children and to the poor.
Over the course of many years the legend has changed to the fairy-tale of Santa Claus; a man that wears a bright red tit, with a workshop in the North Pole with elves as helpers, who comes on Christmas Eve to give children gifts. Christmas is the holiday most Christians look forward to, we like this holiday because it is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Jewish, Muslim, and Jehovah Nineteen’s are a few people who do not celebrate this wonderful time of celebration because of their religious beliefs. The outsiders of Christmas have a different faith than the Christians.
They celebrate their beliefs in another way. I find it hard to believe that there are people who do not gather around the Christmas tree with their family on Christmas Eve. Even though they do not celebrate Christmas, they have their own family traditions. Traditions are important to my family as in many other families. Religion, family, and ethnic backgrounds all determine the traditions every family acquires. Most family traditions are passed from generation to generation. I know that my family tradition on Christmas Eve will be passed down to my children.
How We Celebrate a Traditional Christmas in the Philippines15Share
It’s that month of the year again! That month where Santa Claus would drop down by the chimney to present some gifts to those little boys and girls who were nice and not naughty. The month where everybody gets busy just to buy a gift and give it to their loved ones. But how do we celebrate Christmas here in our country? Read the full article below and celebrate this jolly season with us!
Christmas here in the Philippines starts with the usual houses you always see adorned with Christmas lights. It’s with that moment you realize that Christmas is getting near. Usually, some households would place some Christmas decorations as early as October.
By around late November, you’ll be surprised when some children go in front of your gate singing Christmas Carols. It’s up to you if you have or are in the mood for some Christmas Spirit! If you do, then you have to give a couple of Pesos to the kids. Also, you would hear Christmas songs (I might guess 65% from Jose Mari Chan) all over the radio. That would basically remind you that Christmas is warming up.
Being a student in a public or private school (or one who works in an office), one could never get away with the so-called “Christmas Party”. This signals the end of school days on December and opens the door to Christmas Vacation. If you are a parent, you would find yourself asking your children about their gifts for their “Secret Santas”. On day 1, it has to be something red. On day 2, something soft. On day 3, something sweet. And the list goes on and on and on. This also goes for the people who works in the office or in some other establishment.
The moment Christmas vacation arrives, one has to stretch out his arms and get ready for a very long vacation. One must never forget to buy Hamon de Bola (because I think without this, Noche Buena is meaningless) as early as possible.
Everybody actually gets busy with Christmas. Banks are always full, people queue up in the cashier booths, children grab a lot of toys and gifts because their Papa or Mama would come home from overseas… such are scenes that you would see on the height of Christmas vacation. Simbang Gabi, a nine day Roman Catholic ritual novena performed in the Philippines, starts nine days before Christmas. It ends on December 24. Most Filipinos would bravely wake up by 4 in the morning just to attend the 9-day Simbang Gabi. What do they get from that? A grateful wish for a better health and a better life in the coming new year.
But the most cherished moment during Christmas is on… of course, Christmas Day. Well actually, the thrill starts on the morning of December 24, the Eve of Christmas. People get busy baking and cooking foods in preparation for the Noche Buena! A lot of Filipinos would attend Misa de Gallo or Midnight Mass. This also marks the end and the final mass of Simbang Gabi. Filipinos after that would cater to their hunger pangs and thirst for some puto bumbong (a purple colored rice pastry, seasoned with grated—coconut and brown sugar), tsokolate (a hot chocolate drink), bibingka (flour and egg cakes cooked on top and under), and salabat, or ginger tea, which are sold by vendors to the faithful outside the different churches and parishes here in the Philippines.
Come 12:00 AM of December 25, children would wake up and see their gifts under the big Christmas tree. Almost a lot of the children would receive toys from the make-believe Santa Claus, while parents and other siblings would lovingly hug and greet each other “Merry Christmas”.
After ransacking Santa Claus’ gifts, children together with the whole family would proceed to the dining table and enjoy their Noche Buena. One would always find lechon, bibingka, hamon de bola, quezo de bola, spaghetti, fruits, pancit, lumpia and rice on the table. Desserts include ice cream, coffee, pastries and cakes. The adults would indulge in wine or beer to celebrate the meaning of Christmas.
To end, spending a Christmas in Philippines with a Filipino family is awesome. But also, we should never forget that it’s not all about the activities that we do during the lengthy time of the season. It’s also that time we should remember the One who is the reason why we are celebrating Christmas. :-)
Merry Christmas everyone!
written by ethermoon on 2010-12-24 #lifestyle#philippines#tradition#holidays#christmas#loving-the-season