Christmas is officially less than a week away! I hope you all got your shopping done!
This season is important for my family and in the Filipino culture in general. In the Philippines, we actually start decorating in September! Filipinos say that there are “three seasons”: dry season, wet season, and Christmas season. There are countless Filipino Christmas traditions alone. But, because the majority of my family is Filipino-American, we have adapted American culture into our Filipino traditions.
My family decorates the inside and outside of our home the week before Thanksgiving so it is ready to be lit for Thanksgiving night. When my family first moved into our neighborhood, they were so shocked with how much we decorated, that our house was featured in our local community paper. They did not understand how much Filipinos love Christmas.
Christmas shopping is probably the most stressful thing for anyone this season. Having to decide what to buy for someone, dealing with crowds, long lines, unpredictable retail service, parking lots, and worst of all… traffic! My family and I start the night of Thanksgiving, BUT online of course ;)! If we do have to go out for Christmas shopping, we go early in the morning or during the week. We hate crowds and long lines very much lol.
Ever since I can remember Christmas parties with the family would always alternate between my immediate family and one of my Aunts every other year. My parents enjoy hosting parties especially Christmas parties! There are two Filipino traditions at almost every party, karaoke and lumpia! I’m sure many of you already know we love to sing karaoke! Lumpia are these Filipino eggrolls that almost always go first. Ugh writing this is making me so hungry!!
Growing up, my whole family would sleep in the living room with the fireplace on and watch A Christmas Story till we all pass out. My brother and I are convinced that we sleep in the living room on Christmas Eve night, where we would wake up Christmas day to open presents. My parents, however, are so convinced we do it Christmas night! So ever since we had that argument (which is still going about 8 years strong) we’ve slept in living room Christmas night. With that said, we now open presents at midnight on Christmas Eve.
This Christmas, my sweet girlfriends and I decided to do a She Reads Truth Advent study. I am so happy we all decided to do this! It was another way for us to bond, encourage, and fellowship together. Through this study, I learned that our culture is deeply influenced by the meaning of Christmas. I highly encourage anyone to do this study, even offseason because the Birth of Jesus is something we should all be educated about. (Below I share some fun facts about Christmas!) This isn’t a tradition but hopefully, years to come my sweet friends can continue doing Advent studies like this one! 🙂
This season is very important to my family because it is the few times where we all are able to get together to catch up, laugh, dance, and eat good food all at the same time. BUT that is not the only reason why we celebrate Christmas! We Celebrate because it is the Birth of Jesus!
“At Christmas, we don’t just celebrate that He came; we celebrate why He came.” -SRT
These are just a few of the most memorable traditions that we still continue to this day. I would love to hear about some of your favorite traditions. Please leave a comment to spread some cheer ;)!
I Cannot forget, detail outfits below! 🙂
“Each year, Americans mail more than 3 billion Christmas cards.”
“17% of all annual retail sales in the United States is comprised of Christmas gifts and purchases.”
“Jingle Bells was originally written as a Thanksgiving song.”
“Silent Night is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with nearly 750 different versions copyrighted since 1978.”
“Why is Christmas sometimes spelled “Xmas”? The “X” actually refers directly to Christ. It is the first letter of the Greek word Χρήστος, or Christos, which means “anointed one.’ “
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us, a Son is given; And the government will be upon his shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6