THEY say there’s no Christmas like in the Philippines. Well, that’s right.
Parties, delicious foods and vibrant decorations are everywhere. But most especially, the family reunions are the best of all time. Indeed, the beauty and joy of Filipino Christmas is one of a kind.
As a matter of fact, among all occasions, it is the season where most overseas workers make sure to come home, and even foreigners enjoy the spirit of Christmas in the Philippines.
We have listed the reasons why people always consider the Philippines their go-to place destination every yuletide season.
- Longest Christmas Celebration
As early as September, Filipinos are busy planning and preparing their decorations, programs, and itineraries, among other things. In fact, super sales in malls already start even before the Black Friday sales. This is why the Philippines is recognized as the place with the longest Christmas celebration all over the world.
- Simbang Gabi
Misa de Gallo (Dawn Mass) is more popularly known as Simbang Gabi in the Philippines. And just like other Catholic countries, it has been an annual tradition of Pinoys to attend the dawn mass for nine consecutive days before Christmas.
What makes it feel more special is attending the mass with the complete family or with friends. Of course, puto bumbong is also something to look forward to after simbang gabi.
- Thank You! Thank You! Ang babait ninyo! Thank You!
This is one of the best parts of the Christmas season, and definitely what we have missed during the pandemic. It is like being serenaded from the outside of your house and it is up to you if you want to give a gift or money to the choir.
From the point of view of the choir, on the other hand, it is fun to sing door-to-door in your neighborhood and receive blessings from from members of the community.
- Lively house decorations
In the Philippines, it is not only the stars at night that shine so bright but also the houses, because of the extra effort of Pinoys to decorate these with colorful and huge lanterns, nativity scenes, and the like.
It’s a friendly battle of beautiful designs outside every house in the neighborhood.
- Kumustahan in reunions
True enough, It is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Filipinos gathering for a reunion is considered the heart of the season. It is where families meet again after a long time. They reconnect with each other, reconcile, and rejoice.
Since there is a Christmas bonus and cash incentives, and there are side-to-side sales in the malls, people take the opportunity to buy their new clothes, shoes, and bags. And they also have more time to pamper themselves.
Sometimes, one’s gift to oneself is a new and improved look on Christmas day.
- Foods everywhere
It is like a non-stop eating season. There are Christmas parties everywhere. At the school, company, friends’ house and many more. It’s hard to say no when you see the table fully laden with your favorite dishes.
- Yehey! Gifts!
It’s a season of giving.
Every Christmas, friends and family share blessings with each other.
Highlights are the kids’ reaction when receiving gifts. It is so heartwarming to see children smiling while holding their most awaited presents.