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Why Filipinos Love Christmas

3. ITS A SEASON THAT ALLOWS FILIPINOS TO SEE THE GOOD THINGS

For Cornelio, this has allowed Christmas to become universally celebrated, regardless of its religious essence.

With the challenges Filipinos face everyday for the rest of the year, how are Filipinos still able to see Christmas as a happy time of the year?

“Many Filipinos are always looking for good things. Christmas is one of those seasons that allow us to see the good things…We're happy when things end right. Christmas is a good way of ending things right, even if it's just ephemeral,” (Cornelio)

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2. WIDE COMMERCIALIZATION & GIFT-GIVING

For Sapitula and Cornelio, the two dimensions are intertwined.  

Filipinos are a tight-knit bunch. They use any occasion as an excuse to get together and celebrate. The biggest, most important celebration of the year is of course Christmas. It’s such a big deal that preparations begin several weeks, if not months, prior. 

“I think more Filipinos are getting richer, so they are expecting a happier Christmas…Purchasing power does not technically kill cultural expectations – it stays there, and I think part of the reason why people are looking forward to it is they have the means to fully abide by cultural expec...

- the traditions and the religious practices that mark the season are also what gives Filipinos a sense of ownership of Christmas (Sapitula)

1. FESTIVALS, FAMILIES, TRADITIONS

The holiday season is widely celebrated in the Philippines.

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