BLOGMAS | 3 Things I Miss About Christmas In The Philippines
What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas.
I have not been one for Christmas since I moved here in Canada, and once in a while I miss it. Don’t get me wrong the holiday season here is amazing! There’s snow, Santa Clause activities, holiday movies every night. However, there are certain things I miss about spending Christmas in the Philippines that pop in my mind overtime the holiday season starts.
- Spending the season with my family. I grew up with the tradition of meeting with my father’s side of the family every Christmas day. Sometimes the venue changes, sometimes it doesn’t. We don’t always attend though when the location is a bit of a drive. But when we do get together, it’s crazy. Presents everywhere, tons of food, little cousins running and playing around, aunts and uncles catching up with everyone, and there are games for the little kids (and the big kids too). It gets pretty chaotic throughout the day but what is Christmas without a bit of craziness?
- The ham. It’s a bit weird, yes, but I can’t seem to find the perfect ham that mimics the taste of what we have back home. The closest thing I can find is bacon from work.
- The carollers / going carolling. When I was old enough, my parents let me go carolling with my friends. We can’t stay out too long though so we’d hit up as many houses as we can. I remember bringing kiddie toy instruments with us, avoiding a house because so-and-so lives there, avoiding a street because they have far too many terrifying dogs. We’d have a bucket where we collect our money in, and by the end of the night we’d divide up all the change we got and come home with extra cash in our pockets.
There are other things I miss about spending the holidays in the Philippines. Hopefully I get to go home in the future so my kids can experience them.
Have you even missed a holiday celebration back home? What was the holidays like from where you live?