September came in just so fast and it’s officially the start of the ber-months now. And for most of us as Filipinos, the start of ber-months means the start of the yuletide season! Though Christmas is celebrated mainly in December, it has been embedded to us that when the ber-months hit the calendars, it’s the start of the Christmas countdown already! And even I am getting so excited too as early as of now! You can tell that too because I’m writing a Christmas blog. 😂
September, the Start of Christmas
To kick off our countdown for this year’s Christmas, let us recall some of the things which most Filipinos are so excited about this season that somehow starts by September. Yet we are not sure if we can go out already on Christmas, let’s just hope that the pandemic will soon be gone.
Christmas Jingles on Malls
It has already been one of the practices in the Philippine Malls that when September starts, Christmas Jingle starts up. From the famous singer Jose Mari Chan and even to the popular Christmas songs that you would know. And with that happening, we couldn’t agree more that it’s making us, even more, pump up for the holidays!
So far, for now, I don’t know yet if they have already been playing Christmas songs since I haven’t been to any malls yet this quarantine. Let me know in the comments section if you have been hearing some already 😍.
Christmas parties have been one of the common events which are celebrated during the Christmas season. With this year’s situation, this might not be guaranteed. But I know many of us have been so excited with our Christmas parties for the past years, right? 😍
Caroling from house to house will not be missed during this season. And caroling has never been exclusive to a certain age. From kids up to adults, there would be many who would be knocking your doors as this season approaches. Even when I was young, I used to join my friends in singing Christmas Carols. Those were just the good old days. 😍❤️
One of the things many of us are excited too is putting up Christmas decors at our homes. From simple to elegant parols, Christmas trees, wreaths, door ornaments, there’s just so many of them. As for me, I’m still thinking about what would I be putting up for this year. I’ll probably do it around the end of October. Can’t wait! 😍🎄
Christmas Tree Lighting
Christmas tree lighting might not sound that top of the highlights for the majority but for some it is! Not only Christmas tree lightings at home but to most hotels and resorts here in the Philippines. I got to attend some last year and it just made the season merrier 💚.
Simbang Gabi or Misa de gallo have been practiced for many years here in the Philippines and is held 9 days before Christmas Day. The mass starts early in the dawn around 4 AM and 5 AM for some church. During the Christmas season, a lot of us Filipinos don’t really mind the mass being that early as this has been somehow pinned to our tradition.
I used to complete Simbang Gabi too when I was young together with my family. But for the past few years, I haven’t been to one anymore because of my work shift. But if time permits this year, and if ever masses would be allowed, why not? 😍🎄
Trying out Local Foods that are popularly visible during Christmas
In line with Simbang Gabi, there would be many stores around outside the church that sells local foods and delicacies during the Christmas season. Like that of suman, puto bumbong and other kakanin, enjoying them during this season again just hits so differently. 😍🎄
For Filipinos, Noche Buena is the night, and the feast, before Christmas Day. More specifically, it is the meal eaten after hearing the midnight mass to welcome Christmas. Noche Buena is something many families have always been preparing for many years. It’s also just so exciting to see what’s in the table during Christmas Eve even if it’s simple as this season just hits so differently among any other normal day.
Even now, I have been thinking already what to add to the table for Christmas Eve. Haha. I’m that excited!!
The Main Christmas Day
Christmas doesn’t stop in Noche Buena but still continues and celebrated until midnight of the 26th. As for the main day of Christmas, many celebrate it in different ways. As for our family on my mother’s side, we usually gather for a family reunion with all her siblings’ families. It’s kinda more on meeting the whole clan of the Christmas Day itself.
For some friends that I know, they would also do parties and there are some who would go to the beach. There are also some who would go to malls and see local films whose entries are in for Metro Manila Film Festival (I also did this last year 😂).
Opening Christmas Gifts from family and friends
Who wouldn’t be excited opening Christmas gifts right!? This is one of the Christmas traditions here in the Philippines I’m always excited about. Haha. May it be a simple gift or not, as long as there is, the feeling just is so good!
And yes, as the ber-months have started, have you thought of what to give to your loved ones this Christmas already? 🎁🎄
As I am writing this blog, I’m actually listening to a Christmas playlist. Haha. So excited right? The Christmas spirit is just so present here! 🎄
What I listed here are not things that happen in the whole month of September. But again, what we’re most excited about as soon as September starts. How about you? What are the things that you’re excited about the Christmas season? Let us know in the comment section down below. 😍🎄🎁