It’s already 49 days to go before Christmas. I feel the cold air and see the colorful Christmas lanterns and lights along roads and outside homes.
Filipinos start preparing Christmas on the month of September. It’s so early, but Filipinos are already excited for the Christmas season. They start writing their own Christmas wish list, even either spending money to buy gifts for relatives and friends, and new Christmas decors while there are no crowds yet or saving money to either buy gifts later on or just keep it for them. Shopping malls are already selling Christmas stuffs such as Christmas trees, decors, lights, and gift suggestions. Radio stations start playing Christmas songs, whether it’s OPM or international. Philippine broadcasting networks begin shooting for their own Christmas station ID and launch around November.
The traditional ways of celebrating Christmas here in the Philippines are completing the 9-day misa de gallo (aka simbang gabi) for prayers and wishes to be granted and preparing such a simple meal for noche buena. At the start of the simbang gabi, vendors sell the famous bibingka and puto bumbong. But don’t forget to attend 4 Sundays of Advent as a religious tradition in which one chosen family are going to light candle (either violet or pink, depending on what week) on the advent wreath during mass. Before the Christmas break starts, students in each classroom organize and celebrate Christmas parties either in the classroom or in the restaurant. On Christmas eve, children sing Christmas carols to receive money and say thank you.
Christmas is already around the corner. Still, the true meaning of Christmas is the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat, mga Kapamilya, Kapuso, at Kapatid!