Countdown begins at the 100th day. Yep! not 10 not 5 but 100. As soon as the calendar turns to "BER" so thus our Christmas. People in the neighborhood bring out christmas trees, put on dancing christmas lights and play christmas songs. Prices of toys, gift items, dresses etc are discounted up to 70% except for the food which actually doesn't get cheaper but the other way around. Malls, my gawd is jam packed with mall rats, people from all walks of like trying to figure out to how to spend their bonuses, 13th month pay and whatnot. I am guilty of course but I'm saving up a little because I'm visiting my family on the 27th because I'll be spending new year with them after 6 years. Children serenade every home with exchange of coins or bills but I give candies or food.
Simbang gabi, that's what we call it. Like any other catholic countries Novena is a 9-day mass/prayer tradition. Anticipated mass is during the night and novena mass it at 4AM. They say that when you completed 9 days of Novena mass your wish will be granted. Well good luck to that, I usually stayed late at night so I only had 3 mornings.
Christmas eve and Noche Buena
Family first! But my housemates are my family tonight. I am 1 hour 45 minutes plane ride from my FAMILY but tonight at Noche Buena we're having chicken, mango shake, HAM and pasta. Mass will be at 9PM or earlier (haven't checked the schedule yet).
I know we're 12 hours ahead of time but heck, it'sChristmas no matter where and who you are let's all celebrate it with a happy heart even just for one night. Just so you know the music is playing sooo loud across the street and fireworks are everywhere.
Happy birthday Jesus!!!! And happy Christmas everyone.
By the way I'm blog hopping too, have a fun filled blog hop. Oh and by the way I have a poll on the side, can you answer those three questions for me please please please. :D Thank you.