A lot of things have been said how good it is to spend the Christmas season in the Philippines and just like every Filipino I totally agree to all of them .
The Feast of Epiphany was celebrated last Sunday, January 6, this also officially marked that the Philippine Christmas season is over. In spite of the long season of celebration, I still can’t help but wish that it is still Christmas. Oh how I enjoyed these things during Christmas and now I am missing them…
Simbang Gabi (Dawn Mass)
I am one among the Roman Catholics who annually observed this devotion. Not only that I am completing the nine-day novena, but I also experimented doing it in my own way. The mass starts as early as 4:00 AM which means that you need to be awake earlier than that. This is really challenging especially for working people who needs to take away sleeping/rest time.
The Food outside the church after each Simbang Gabi
Going out of the fully packed church, you will be welcomed by the delicious smell of Bibingka, Puto Bumbong, Suman, Tsaa (Tea) and a lot more Filipino Christmas food. Modern food stores are now selling these foods all year round but nothing compares in smelling them right under your nose while they are being cooked and prepared in front of you. and then consumed them while they are still hot! Oh so yummy!
The Philippines is a tropical country and it’s hot most of the time. The cold December breeze is such a breather for everybody. At least once a year we can experience a cold temperature less the rain and storms.
Hearing Christmas carols at dawn time
I just love to hear these undying songs especially at dawn time when everything is still quiet and peaceful
Buying and wrapping gifts and receiving thoughtful gifts
Though this part can sometimes drain your Christmas bonus, the feeling is fulfilling though that you are able to express your thoughtfulness even once a year (“Minsan lang sa isang taon” ).
The festive mood and decorations everywhere.
There are people everywhere mostly a whole family. In spite of the traffic and holiday rush, there’s a unique look of joy in everybody’s faces.
And most of all… isn’t it that most people are extra forgiving, charitable and thoughtful during Christmas? What about you? What do you miss most about Christmas?