DECEMBER.. THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR

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December is the most awaited month of the year for Filipinos. This is the busiest month where lots of traditions being practiced that’s hardly to miss. Even before December comes, Christmas season in the Philippines begins when the month ends with ”Ber”. Yes, that means from September down to December. Why start early and why this long? This is to pave enough time to put Christmas lights, trees, ornaments, Christmas themes curtains, and not to forget the Christmas lantern called “Parol”. 

December is the month for Misa de Gallo, reunions and parties here and there, gifts, Christmas caroling, firecrackers, Noche Buena, and lastly, the most awaited 13th month pay and bonuses distributed among the employees.

Caroling is just a simplified of group of kids or adult going to house to house singing Christmas songs. Christmas carolers starts at the eve of December 16 and usually prepare a couple of Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells”, “Pasko na Naman”, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”.  

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Giving presents is a very rich tradition in Filipino culture especially in the month of December. This is the biggest gift giving event of the year. Better to start your shopping for Christmas gifts as early as September when you have lots of gifts to prepare. 

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Misa de Gallo or locally named as “ Simbang Gabi” were handed tradition from the Spanish time. An enduring Filipino tradition observes it from 16th of December and ends on the 24th of December. The church building is decorated with Nativity scene along with Christmas lantern and lights. Attending “Simbang Gabi” or Misa de Gallo is a peculiar custom among Filipino traditions. 

Noche Buena for Filipinos is the feast on Christmas eve, right after attending the last “Simbang Gabi”. Noche Buena is a fashion of sumptuous foods and drinks. Families spend time together to have Noche Buena feast, and among favorites are placed in the table are Lechon, Hamon de bola, Queso de bola (Round Cheese), Spaghetti, Fruit or Macaroni Salad, Fried Chicken, lumpia or known as spring rolls, pancit or noddles, cakes ,and a lot more. 

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Re-unions and parties . Usually December is the time of the year when Filipinos have to attend a yearly event called Family Re-union. Nosy aunts and relatives from different places get together and to patch up what’s going on one’s lives.
Filipinos are an avid fan of Christmas party. Christmas party at school, office, close friends, cousins and the list goes on. When you get invited to these parties, expect to enjoy, a whole lot of food, gifts, games. This is the time to some companies to release their bonuses to their employees, which is the most anticipated event.

December is the most wonderful time of the year for Filipinos. It goes beyond the presents and lavish food, it’s the time to celebrate love and spreading the good cheer with family and friends.