Nice post! .
I love a children’s choir for most Christmas songs with good soloists.
This Christmas is kind of special…because we found out that what my 9-year old niece’s talent is …it’s singing! It took other people to recognize the talent… and we were all surprised that she got chosen to sing solo at her First Communion mass of her school a few weeks ago. She sang the entire Responsorial Psalm…she sang like an angel! She had a lovely, innocent young voice.
My sister (her mom) overheard another mom say how beautiful her voice was *(narrating like a proud aunt :D). *
Anyway my niece sort of inspired me to research on the internet for beautiful Christtmas songs as she (again) was chosen by her class to sing solo a Christmas song for their Christmas party in school.
I ended up researching Christmas songs for myself…
OP, can you share some Filipino Christmas customs with us?
Down here we have of course Las Posadas, which actually are an Advent custom, La Buena Nocha (Christmas eve Mass and celebration), the pinata (which was originally a catechetical tool by the missionaries) and Mexico’s gift to the world, chocolate
Those are really nice customs. We share a lot of customs with Mexico and feel close to her in many ways…even if our countries are in different continents…:thanks to to our shared faith and in part, the Galleon trade of the 19th century
I know the pinata…and that it originated in Mexico. Here in the Philippines, we sort of adapted it using “palayok”" or a earthen bowl that is hung, filled with candies and goodies that guests take turns to whack it with a stick (while blindfolded) until it breaks and everyone scrambles to get the most prizes that falls from it. Some families here do this during some special celebrations, including Christmas.
Its great to know that we both share the tradition of Midnight mass. I think its the highlight of Christmas as the mass is our highest form of prayer. Its a good way to prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth on Christmas.
In my country…we start our midnight mass on Decmber 16 …it is 9-day series of masses called Misa de Gallo (in Spanish) or Simbang Gabi (in Tagalog, a Filipino dialect)…the terms are synonymus and means midnight masses to us. Traditionally we go to mass early morning. Today…we have the option of either waking early for mass (sometimes as early as 4 am) or go to the anticipated masses at 10 pm…but we try to complete the 9 days of masses.
At the end of mass…many look forward to eating bibingka, puto bungbong and hot tsokolate (chocolate!..another tradition we share…:D). Bibingka and puto bungbong are rice-based cakes eaten with coconut which is traditionally seen during Christmas season.
"Noche Buena"is another term we share. On Christmas eve, after mass, we celebrate this special meal called “Noche Buena” with the family.Hams, quezo de bola (ball of edam cheese) are commonly eaten, as well as other family food specialties.
I am glad that until today, Mexico and the Philippines continue to share many beautiful traditions.
I know that Our Lady of Guadalupe loves both our countries. as all of are her children.