The long Christmas season

Discussion in 'Pinoy Culture' started by Alexandoy, Dec 3, 2019 at 10:26 PM.

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  1. Alexandoy

    Alexandoy Member

    The Philippines has the longest Christmas season. It officially starts on December 16 but as early as September Christmas songs pervade the air especially in the malls and other public places. Christmas decorations start coming up by October and even during the All Saints Day on November 1, it is already the yuletide atmosphere.
     
  2. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    Decorations come up much earlier this year than the previous years as if the Filipinos are very excited for Christmas. But I think it is more of the commercialism of business establishments that dictates the atmosphere. But anyway, I think the brisk sales of gift items will prove that people are eager for the coming Christmas even still months from now.
     
  3. Alexandoy

    Alexandoy Member

    The Simbang Gabi is the dawn mass in the church at 4 am or 4:30 am depending on the church. This is a unique activity related to the Christmas season. The olden name for this activity is Misa de Gallo to mean church mass as the rooster crows at dawn. It is a regular mass every dawn starting from December 16 and culminates in the midnight mass of December 24, Christmas eve.
     
  4. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    Although borrowed from big brother America, the Christmas tree is now the most popular symbol of Christmas here. But the Belen which is the nativity scene is still being used as decoration by some homes. The Christmas lights that are blinking in different fashions are also very popular now.
     
  5. Alexandoy

    Alexandoy Member

    The most common in traditional Christmas decoration is the lantern that is made of bamboo sticks creating a starlike object. It is covered by thin paper or glossy cellophane. Some have a bulb inside to provide the light that the lantern would be like a shining star.
     
  6. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    It is fun to experience the Simbang Gabi where you wake up very early to hear mass in the church. But the most fun of all are the snack foods that you can buy. There are vendors of Bibingkang Galapong which is like a rice cake, Puto Bumbong which is a sticky snack and some others food stuff that you can only buy during the Christmas season.
     
  7. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    A week before Christmas, schools are out to give students the freedom to experience Christmas season activities. One unique activity is the caroling that is participated by children and adults alike. They sing carols in front of the house that the owner would give them money or treats. But not all homeowners agree with that idea.