|Because a Filipino Christmas wouldn't be complete without the fake styrofoam "snoman"|
7. Puto bumbong and bibingka time!
I lived in Pampanga for the better part of my life and every Christmas, "pisambang maragul" (literally translates to "the big church") would be lined with loads of street vendors selling their regular and special bibingka (rice cake) and puto bumbong (Note: Oh dear, help with the translation of this one in English. Puto is muffin? Bumbong is what? Should it be as is? Muffin bumbong? Cripes.)
Just thinking about this now is making my mouth water.
Although as a side note, when I was young, I was not a huge fan of puto bumbong because for me, they looked like purple p0opies.
|But we are not p0opsicles. We are yummy and a bit salty. Mmm, taste us. Love, Puto bumbong (Photo from junctionavenue.com)|
6. Christmas baskets
Who doesn't love the odds and ends that you find inside Christmas baskets? My company used to give us gift baskets but that stopped so, sad times. The best employee Christmas basket for me should allow one to cook a mini-Noche Buena with it! Pile on some ham, wine, keso de bola (Edam cheese), spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, Spam, fruits, chocolates, nuts, cream, fruit cocktail and condensed milk and boy oh boy am I going to be a happy employee for the next year! And if the ham is Purefoods Fiesta? I will even throw in a bunch of overtime hours free for that.
|The star of the Noche Buena. Just a peg below the megastar Ate Shawie. (Photo from purefoods.ph and amazon.com)|
Don't you just love it when people, in an effort to decorate everything in preparation for Christmas, will put funny Santa Claus hats on everything? Cashiers in the groceries, busboys in restaurants, subdivision security guards will start wearing them around the 1st week of December. The guards in a prestigious subdivision even have sparkly hats that light at night. Talk about commitment in spreading Christmas joy. And of course, inanimate objects are also subjected to wearing Santa hats.
|Because they can.|
4. Christmas shopping
To clarify, I do NOT like the spending part, knowing that I am cutting a hole through my budget. But I LOVE the shopping part! Although I do my Christmas shopping late in November when it is less crowded though. Yes, I am such a girl.
3. Christmas nip in the air
Around December, the temperature is more tolerable here in the metro. Which is good because we can cut back on using our air conditioner. All we need to do is open our windows and brrrrr! In comes the December cool winds. Only problem is, once our windows open, the karaoke masters of Cainta grace our eardrums with their soulful renditions of Sana Ngayong Pasko or the ever popular videoke choice of all time, My Way.
|Manong (Mister) belting his rendition of Nicki Minaj's Super Bass (Photo from nytimes.com)|
I too am a huge fan of karaoke, but man, they just do not stop! I mean c'mon, you must sleep some time, right? Or are they like call centers that have schedules to cover all shifts?
2. Slightly nicer
Even that scrunchy faced lady guard in our office that seems to be suspicious of everyone acts a whole lot better during this time of the year. Which is quite nice considering she is usually the first face I see in the morning at work. Now, it may be possible though that the reason why people are commonly nicer this time of the year is because of that childhood habit of having to good so you can get to Santa's nice list.
There is just so much love during this time of the year. As we all prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who gave the ultimate display of love by dying for our sins, most of us consciously or unconsciously also end up giving love in different ways. I may not have been able to spend my last few Christmas with all the people I love but every year, I make sure I pray for them and hope that God sends them all the love in my heart through His way.
Yes folks, I am also capable of being all serious and sh!t in this blog, talking about love and family.
Though I don't think I can ever be emo.
|I don't have an emo pic so I give you an emu. (schubs.net)|
What do YOU <3 about Christmas?
P.S. In case this is my last blog post before Christmas....