Christmas is celebrating the birth of the Christ Child... He is the Reason for the season... and so inspite of calamities and difficulties, Filipinos have a festive celebration of Christmas. Most families have Christmas lunch together and the exchange of gifts. We become children again during Christmas day!
Our St. Paul the First Hermit Cathedral is decorated with simply elegant wreaths. Since the altar is undergoing rennovation, the Simbang Gabi is held at the patio attended by hundreds of parishioners.
And this year, the Belen is at the entrance of the Cathedral -
Christmas is for children... so there must be a Christmas Tree which I decorated with thirdy's stuffed toys.
December is the time to bring out again the Nativity - this time atop the piano.
Of course, we start to "feel" the Christmas season with the carolers (the Red Cross youth volunteers and the JCI Sn Pablo).
And the preparation for gift giving ... and the puto bumbong, bibingka and kakanins after the Misa de Gallo...
And the Noche Buena and opening of gifts under the Christmas tree ...
and pamimigay ng aguinaldo sa araw ng Pasko
Christmas lunch at Lola Zeny's house with all the children and apos...
and more gifts to exchange...
and the twinkle in the eyes of Rainey :=)
with the high tech lola Zeny watching on webcam sister Joan, Mike & JOmike during their noche buena in the US and chatting with the Baquirans in Australia and May in NYC.
nd photo ops for the 2009 Christmas souvenir -
Oh the joys of Christmas... wish we'll all be happy as the kids with Christmas in our hearts the whole year round.