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Happy Holidays!

Holiday traditions are great because it gives you something to look forward to. Don’t you agree? The holiday tradition I love most is Christmas because not only am I with my family but we also celebrate with out relatives. At least, that’s how it has been for years before I moved to Switzerland. My tradition changed then but for now I’ll let you know how we used to celebrate it back in the Philippines.

Every friday night was a movie night wherein we watch family movies and eat pizza but when December comes we start watching classic and Christmas-themed films for movie night.

Christmas movie list:

  • Meet Me In St. Louis
  • Little Women
  • Home Alone 1,2,3
  • The Grinch
  • The Polar Express
  • Elf
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Mary Poppins
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • The Sound of Music
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • My Fair Lady

On Christmas Eve, everyone comes together to our grandmother’s house to celebrate. I get to chat with my cousins and most of the time, play games and such. Everyone feasts on lots and lots of food, Noche Buena, kind of how much you would on Thanksgiving, and it’s really great because you wouldn’t get tired of the food. You have a variety of meals from cheese to delectable deserts like Leche Flan or even just ice cream.

My favorite Christmas food:

  • Palabok
  • Lechon (Manok/Baboy)
  • Queso de Bola
  • Spaghetti
  • Fried Chicken
  • Bibingka
  • Hamon de Bola
  • Crema de Fruta
  • Puto Bumbong
  • Kastanyas
  • Suman

What about present time? Everyone waits until midnight and we all gather by the tree where everyone has put their gifts and the person closest the tree at that time takes the gifts one by one, calls out the name to whom it should be given and then hands it out to the person. Once all the presents have been distributed, everyone gets to open their presents and you’ll start seeing the gift-wrappers scattered. To me, because it doesn’t snow in the Philippines, the messy-ness of the wrappers scattered made me think that that was my snow and everyone’s happy seeing their gifts and thanking each other and laughing.

What about you? How do you celebrate Christmas?

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