‘Tis the season to be jolly and no one does it better than the Filipinos. Pinoys are known all over the world for their extravagant, authentic and long Yuletide season. When “ber” months finally hit their calendars, Filipinos begin to fill their homes with the holiday vibes. So, we’ve rounded up the top ten Filipino Christmas traditions and gift ideas that make our Christmas uniquely Pinoy.
Filipinos are known for their generosity and since it is the the season of giving, surprise your monito/monita with these lovely gift wrappers from Chuvaness. It comes with a variety of fancy designs to choose from. Surely, any present wrapped with these cute gift wrappers would be perfect for your exchange gifts.
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#2: Lavish Christmas decorations
As early as September, Filipinos begin to decorate their homes and streets to satisfy their holiday mood. As a matter of fact, Pinoys are very particular with the different decorations they will use for their household. These Johnshen Push Pins are the perfect gift for the tita who’s always been hyped for Christmas decorations. It comes with a set of 150 pieces, and have we mentioned that you could actually choose a particular color that would match your motif this Christmas? Choose your own pack from our online shop.
Pinoy Christmas would not be complete without this so-called “Aguinaldo” or christmas gift usually in the form of fresh peso bills in envelopes. These notecards from Cake Notes Sweet Stuff is the actual game changer as it ditch the usual white envelopes in giving these much-awaited Aguinaldos
#4: Street Parties
It is no secret that Filipinos love to party, especially when it involves a large group of people and thus, inviting the whole neighborhood! This Meri Meri Party Decor is the perfect buddy for any type of occasion. It includes 6 lovely large pinwheel decorations that will surely transform a dull party into an awesome one in no time.
#5: Dressing up for reunions
Wearing your best dress for Christmas is already an understatement in the Filipino tradition. We certainly love to invest in our OOTDs come Christmas family reunions. Give your favorite niece this Fashion Rebels Style Icons Who Changed the World Through Fashion; a style guide that would definitely help her rock that fabulous OOTD that’s just so perfect for the family picture.
#6: Christmas candies and sweets
And since it is the season of giving, candies and giveaways are in season, too. Indulge the kids with loads of candies and sweets using this Kikkerland Serving Tray Mini 6s. This is the perfect way to serve the kiddos with candies and chocolates without the worry of messing it up.
#7: Happy hour and drinking time
Who would forget the traditional Karaoke and drinking sessions during Christmas? We are sure you’ve got used in seeing these scenarios from your titos and titas. This Holiday season, give them this bottle stopper from Kikkerland to make their happy hours a little bit more festive than usual.
#8: Throwing of coins or ‘pahagis’
One of the several Pinoy Christmas traditions is the ‘pahagis’ or throwing of coins usually for the kids. For your next family gathering, make sure to keep your coins in place by using this Pouch Ae04Sb Ecsaine Large Sky Blue. This is more practical than just keeping ‘em inside your pockets.
#9: The “balot” or take-home of foods
Almost every Filipino has the habit of taking home left-overs at the end of their Christmas parties. This year, be extra earth-friendly by saying goodbyes to your plastic bags and using this sandwich keeper from Crocodile Creek instead. Not only does it keeps your food in place but it also prevents the them from spilling.
#10: Pinoy-style Noche Buena
We could not agree more to the fact that this is the most-awaited moment when it comes to Filipino Christmas. Step up your Noche Buena this year by The Filipino Family Cookbook. We are sure moms would love this cookbook as it enhances the taste and quality of the Filipino dishes that would definitely end your Christmas Eve with a bang!
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