So what do we do on Christmas day? The 24th is obviously a night without sleep since the celebration continues right into the next day. On December 25, we usually go to the Christmas party of another relative. These are usually the in-laws. It really depends. The Philippines is a small country compared to the U.S., so relatives really live close by.
In our case, we go to my grandparents' house. The party starts at lunch time of Dec. 25, and lasts until about midnight. We eat MORE FOOD, play games, we sing, and the children are asked to perform like they're on a talent show. So if you can sing, dance or play an instrument, the better. Because if the older people love it, you get more money! Hahaha!
My cousin playing his guitar while my grandfather
listens sleeps. Hahaha!
and my grandmother handing out envelopes of money to us. Yey!
my grandparents playing a game with us..and both of them hugging after they won! Sweet, no? That's me laughing in the background!
Oh yeah, before I forget, Filipino runners also have a Christmas tradition known as the Noche Buena Run. I did that yesterday. Did some speedwork actually so I didn't feel any guilt eating so much food during our Noche Buena meal. Woohoo!
Well, that's about it. Hope you enjoyed reading all three parts of the Filipino Christmas as much I enjoyed telling you about it. Our cultures may be different but in many way, they are almost alike, right? And at least now you know, that if a Filipino invites you to their party (Christmas or any other gathering) prepare yourself by not eating the whole day. You'll need the space in your tummy for all that grub. LOL!
I'll be missing my family in the Philippines since this will be my very first Christmas here in the U.S. And for sure, I'll be posting all about my Filipino-American Christmas soon! =)
My Reyes Family (All the cousins w/ our Grandparents). Can you find me? Look for the legs! LOL!We may be miles away from our motherland, but we still make a conscious effort to celebrate this special occasion the Filipino way. But with some western touch as well. =)
What are your special family traditions during the holiday season?
From my family to yours....
Maligayang Pasko sa Inyong Lahat
(Merry Christmas to All of You!)!!!