Debts, Christmas and Every Little Extravagance Affixed to It

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Pascual, Cecille Andrea V.
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January 12, 2013

We Filipinos have our own way of celebrating Christmas. A different one from how other countries celebrate theirs. Not only do we celebrate the longest, we also celebrate the best. You can see food here and there, extravagant decorations everywhere, children singing Christmas carols and the simbang gabi’s that we all look forward to. Not to mention the Christmas delicacies we have only here in the Philippines like puto bung-bong, bibingka, ube sa halaya, Chinese tikoy, Chinese ham, kiat-kiat etc. I could go on and on but I don’t think a whole paper can accommodate that. Filipinos are so inclined with having flamboyant celebrations that some of them even prefer to borrow money to spoil themselves with costly food and gifts. But nobody can blame them. These holidays only come once in a year; maybe they just want to be pampered and to spoil themselves with a bit of pleasure that has been deprived of them for the rest of the year, and which they truly deserve. For the past 5 years, my lola only had one labandera,. Ate Lucy. Ate Lucy is a healthy 43 year-old lady who has a fisher folk for a husband and a mother of 7 children, one of which already has a family on her own who also lived in their house. Every year, Ate Lucy borrows/advances a brimming amount from my lola and uses to buy Christmas decorations and extravagant food for their “Noche Buena.” She always wants their christmas to be dashing and memorable. And I really admire her for that. The only down side of that Is, what happens after Christmas? Will the food they prepared for Christmas last for a long time? No. Ate Lucy always disregard what happens next, never mind tomorrow I’m happy today, who cares about tomorrow. The same with other Filipinos, all that is important to them is to celebrate, enjoy, and have fun at the moment and disregarding what will happen in the future. In ate Lucy’s...
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