For most people, Christmas is a time of celebration. Families shop for gifts together at the mall; they go to Ayala Triangle to take photos at the light show, and go on vacations in far-off places just to replicate the spirit of winter. Even TV and movie characters have their fair share of festivities. In Gilmore Girls, Lorelei and Rory tape the mistletoe to the blades of a ceiling fan (don’t ask), The OC’s Seth Cohen celebrates Chrismukkah (a mix of Christmas and Hanukkah), and almost every Christmas movie made has an awkward/funny dinner scene that nobody would ever wish to be part of. Some of these traditions are a little strange, but they make the holidays feel whole.
Christmas has always been an abstract concept for me. I know that it’s there but I’ve never felt it. It was only recently that I made a conscious effort to feel festive. After everything that happened in 2016, I felt like there’s no better time to force the holiday cheer into my system than this year. Happiness comes from within, as they say, so this year I decided to do just that. I painted my nails glittery red, I started burning my cheap caramel apple candle, and I played Ariana Grande’s “Christmas and Chill EP” on loop. Our house, on the other hand, is still short of Christmas décor as everyone is running around Metro Manila trying to get things done.