It is the merriest time of the year in the country; however it is also the most expensive time wherein we spend much on material things. Since the Christmas in the Philippines is mainly adapted from Western culture; Santa Claus, Christmas tree, Christmas card and Noche Buena are usually the icon, nevertheless there is still a Filipino touch.
The main event of the celebration is the Noche Buena, it is usually held at the night of Christmas Eve. The houses were open to family members, friends, relatives and neighbors who drop by to greet “Maligayang Pasko” carrying “Pamasko” or a Christmas present. These provide the opportunity for reuniting the distant family members and old friends.
On the Christmas day itself, the children are visiting their Lolo and Lola and their Ninong and Ninangs. In return the children are given with gifts, sweets, toys, food and money and everyone is greeted with “maligayang pasko”, kiss and pagmamano is a must on this day, if you miss it, you will not receive any aguinaldo from your ninong and ninang.
For every Filipino home, this is the season to thank our mighty creator for all the blessing they received for the whole year, together they bond as one again, no hatred in their hearts, they just think of giving and sharing.
Some Filipinos may wish that every day is Christmas, every day is a special day, no pain no poverty, the aura of the environment is always happy, and the food is abundant. A weeklong vacation to spend with loved ones, no work, no stress.
This is the way we Filipinos spend our Christmas season, the merriest in the world. We may not have snow and reindeer, but we have adopted this far, that we are all proud to say that the Christmas in our country is celebrated in each and everyone’s heart.