It is truly a blessing to be able to celebrate holidays with your family. And I am very thankful for that.
But having an opportunity to spend it with my older sister this year is another blessing. She and her husband used to live in Nevada and finally moved here after a constant pushing.
Being an immigrant like myself can be very overwhelming, especially during holiday seasons such as Christmas. We celebrate our Christmas in the Philippines differently and I missed a lot of those things when I moved here in the US.
I miss the christmas carolers when the ber month starts. A group of kids will go house to house singing christmas carols or songs and then the house owner will appreciate them by giving them money or snacks.
Christmas in the Philippines is not complete without parol. I can remember the colorful parol that are being sold in the sidewalk.
Another thing that I miss is the fireworks display on Christmas and New Years. It may be too loud when it comes to this aspect of celebration but it was very festive and spectacular to be able to witness one.
|photo by Alex Badayos|
Philippines is about 90% catholic so we do celebrate "simbang gabi" (a series of 9 dawn masses that starts at 4AM. A lot of people believe that if they are able to complete those 9 masses, they will be granted with whatever they were praying for.
My family and I may not be able to celebrate Christmas the way we celebrate it back in the Philippines but we do celebrate it in our own little way.
Very blessed - very thankful - very Christmas.