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It’s CHRISTMAS! by Nina

Christmas Time

When this blog was requested, we were told that we can write about almost anything. In the beginning, I could only think about work related stuff, but there’s already a lot of work blogs.

Then inspiration struck me through something that the President of The/Studio said… he mentioned that we’re a mulch-cultural company, and it’s okay to write about something that’s not work related.

Well, as the title suggests, IT’S CHRISTMAS!!! Yipeee

It always make me feel giddy and happy thinking about Christmas. No doubt it’s one of my favorite holidays. But being a Filipina and living here in the Philippines, we do it a little differently and waaaayyyy early!

As soon as the “BER” months starts (September, October, November, and December), it’s almost Christmas already in the Philippines! Malls will start playing Christmas carols, Christmas decors starts sprouting like mushrooms and the air just seems different. You will start hearing and seeing people say “Merry Christmas”.

I think the Philippines can say they celebrate Christmas the longest. I still remember the first time that I greeted my boss with a Merry Christmas on September 1st, he just gave me that look. That look that says I’m plain crazy. He’s adamant that the Christmas season doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving. All I said was, “Welcome to the Philippines!”

As all other Holidays goes, Christmas in the Philippines is not without it’s traditions, weeeee!

Below are some of  things we like to do during Christmas:

We have the Nativity or Christmas Lanterns that comes in all shapes and sizes. They are magical!

phillipines- nativity- christmas- lanterns

Then there’s your midnight mass, or in our case, that mid morning novena mass that starts on December 16, culminating to the midnight mass on December 24th, Misa de Gallo.

christmas mass in the phillipines

The Aguinaldo or gift giving tradition which the kids and kids at heart truly love!

gift giving in phillipines

And of course, we cannot forget the Noche Buena, the Christmas spread that’s shared by the family after the midnight mass… yum!

christmas dinner in the phillipines

The Holidays are for family and friends, so, from ours to yours…

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hannukah, Maligayang Pasko!

Cheers!

 

 

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