Prepping for Your Christmas Party Already? Don't Miss Out on These Must-Haves
- Parol or Christmas LanternsParol or Christmas Lanterns
- Noche BuenaNoche Buena
- Exchange GiftsExchange Gifts
- Karaoke Party / Talent ShowKaraoke Party / Talent Show
- Christmas CarolsChristmas Carols
- Parlour GamesParlour Games
- Round FruitsRound Fruits
- Christmas CocktailsChristmas Cocktails
- Holiday Music PlaylistHoliday Music Playlist
Which among these Christmas party must-haves do you enjoy every year?
The Philippines, being a Catholic-dominated country, is known for having the longest Christmas celebration in the world. At the start of September, several families start to put holiday decors such as lanterns and Christmas trees in the corner of their houses.
Through the years, there are traditions that Filipino families have perpetuated on Christmas eve, Tatler has listed some of the most relatable ones below.
Parol or Christmas Lanterns
Filipino Christmas ornaments called 'parol' are never gone during the holiday season. It is an unspoken rule that every house or street must have a lantern that flickers through the night.
For many families, the star of the parol symbolises the star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the manger of baby Jesus.
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Lumpia, lechon, queso de bola, and more—these are just some of the food present on every Filipino tabletop during Christmas eve.
It has also been a Christmas tradition for many families to bond whilst cooking the food or preparing the table.
What's a Christmas event without presents?
Exchanging gifts is the highlight of the night for some Filipino families. This is often done through a series of fun games like "white elephant" and "monito, monita".
Tatler Tip: Everybody gets a little confused with the rules of white elephant, this is why an official website was made to guide the players.
Karaoke Party / Talent Show
Filipinos love singing. At Christmas parties, family members flock to the karaoke hub where they pour their hearts out. Sometimes, members who are innately talented with music are asked to play instruments (piano, guitar, cello, and more) as the guests listen.
Holiday festivities will never be complete without the delightful Christmas carols being sung at the doorstep of every Filipino household.
In return, the families would provide Christmas treats such as cupcakes, candies, and whatnot. Some even hand out cash if they really loved the performance.
On Christmas eve, younger members of the family are encouraged to join a series of fun games. Winners often receive cool prizes including toys, clothes, and sometimes cash.
This is often regarded as a fun way to bond and get to know the members of the household more.
As the family prepares for the upcoming medianoche (New Year's Eve dinner), 12 varieties of round fruits are being put on the table as they are believed to bring good luck and abundance in the years to come. This is also practised in several US and European households.
For the adults, Christmas cocktails give a kind of buzz needed to enjoy the evening better. From cosy toddies, white Russians, to citrusy spritzes, nothing else completes the celebration like the right amount of alcohol.
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Holiday Music Playlist
Most Filipino families choose to cap the night off with a memorable set of playlists that reminds them of the year's special moment. After all, music has been proven to evoke feelings of happiness and nostalgia. Top of the list will most likely be local icon, Jose Mari Chan.