Had to run a few errands before going to worship yesterday so I didn’t get to publish yesterday’s post. Huhu. So here’s a 2-in-1 entry for today. 🙂
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition?
Hands down, I would have to say simbang gabi.
I only started really getting into this tradition (like actually completing it) when I was, I think, in high school? But I would find myself attending at least one or two dawn masses each year as a kid, since my parents sang in church.
My parents usually gave me little jobs for Christmas each year. When I was in grade school, my dad would always let me sing the daughter parts of Christmas In Our Hearts. (Here’s the song for proper LSS purposes, lol.)
When I got older, in addition to this song, my dad would also ask me to sing the verses to What Child Is This. When I wasn’t singing, I would be the one doing the PowerPoint presentations containing song lyrics. Ahh, fun times.
So yeah, got older, started attending simbang gabi on my own. The idea of actually starting and completing something was a total thrill for me. Haha. It was a struggle when I started working, though, especially with my high school barkada‘s 2006-started tradition of celebrating the Eve of Christmas Eve a.k.a. Gab’s birthday. I had to go straight from there to church, so I was basically awake until 6AM.
The struggle became so much more real when I started flying. Because in this industry, what are holidays, really. NOTHING. THEY MEAN NOTHING. So I haven’t completed simbang gabi for about two years now. And I might not be able to this year, either, since I can’t walk and my dad can’t do early mornings anymore, so he won’t be there to assist me. I’m thinking of doing faux-simbang gabi — which is anticipated dawn mass, where we literally go to church at night. Meow.
Anyway, yeah, I love simbang gabi. It’s a completely Filipino tradition. It’s fun to notice how there would be so many people on, say, the first three days of simbang gabi, and how the number would drop at least 50% on the fourth day onward. LOL. Apart from that, I love how the churches I go to build the manger piece by piece each day and how the last day would finally see baby Jesus in the center and just. Aww. ♥ Anticipating the birth of Jesus, the reason for the season, just makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Like I was actually in Bethlehem. #chos
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song and why?
Oh oh oh oh ohhhhh. This is such a hard question because there are just so manyyy!!! Buuuuut. Hmm. I would say if I want to feel warm and fuzzy inside, I would choose The Christmas Song.
This would be like, the perfect tune to listen to while walking the streets of New York. #goals
The one song that truly makes me feel happy and festive, though, would have to be N’Sync’s Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.
I first heard this because of Pops. We had this as part of our Christmas gig playlist, and our very own boyband would sing it. I love their rendition so much, with the full orchestra plus the girls’ chuwariwap song and dance moves at the back while singing, “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, happy holidays!”
Listening to this song brings back so many good memories of college and post-college; our Christmas mall gigs and post-gig get-togethers, our rehearsals in the bandroom, my very talented vocals babies, etc. *sigh* I miss those days. 🙂
P.S. This year, I’m totally digging PTX’s O Come All Ye Faithful. Check it out for additional good vibes. 🙂
What are your favorite holiday songs? 😀