Well there is a “ber” in the month! Merry Christmas!
Being an atheist and living in the Philippines that have, what seems to be the longest Christmas period in the World. Can be very amusing yes it all starts in September and I have already received a Christmas present list of some of my adopted god children (so to speak) at the end of September.
I of course join in the celebrations I have no other choice but too, it’s a case of when in Rome do as the Romans do, or you’ll be frowned at and the kids show you their sad faces.
Well the saying is if there is a “ber” in the month its Christmas so the local stores are selling plastic Christmas Trees and decorations and of course piping Christmas Carols. The street beggar’s children have started singing Carols the Filipino traditional style shaking a small stick that has small metal discs that clash together when shaken in an attempt to make music.
At the end of October the Christmas lights go up outside, it’s actually a task I love to do as I know the young children appreciate my design work, that makes it worth while. In November the Carol Singers will be at my gate, we have already saved many small domination coins to give the carolers this year. We buy loads of sweets and small toys and make small Christmas packs to give to the young children Carol singers nearer to Christmas day.
The Catholic Churches will be shortly decorating the outside of their place of worship with Xmas lights that will even illuminate their belfry’s and the town and city centers will be adorned with amazing illuminations. Filipino’s take great efforts in enjoying Christmas the richer neighbors often invite their poorer neighbors to a Christmas party.
Each year I buy a large sack of rice or two to split amongst the poorer members in my Barangay (village) and give out toys etc. It’s the custom if you are well off to show charity at Christmas time. However about 50% of the richer people in society lock their gates and don’t heed the carol singers.
Sometimes the carol singers come back the same night so I take photo’s of them to discourage crafty greed, lol I all ways make sure the sing the whole Carol before giving a reward. Even though I am an atheist I really enjoy this time of year it’s a time I joke with the kids that come to my gate. I see that brilliant smile that only Filipino kids can produce that instantly lights up the darkness. Filipino’s really know how to smile even when things are really bad and not going too well for them.
Well it’s Christmas again and well all I can do now is to wish you a
Merry Pasko from the land that always starts Christmas early.
Ops yes of course! Happy holiday – for the political correct crowd in the USA