Christmas only comes once a year, and Filipinos have a knack for making this season extra special. While establishments have over-the-top holiday displays, homes are spruced up for an extraordinary holiday “hindi magpapatalo ang Pinoy” feel.
For many, it starts with the Christmas tree. When I was a kid, my mom had a grand time decorating our tree with ornaments like baubles, ribbons, colorful leaves, and poinsettias, then topped it off with a gold star. But over the years, Filipinos have also started experimenting with their Christmas tree decorations. We asked our readers what their trees look like, and we were not surprised that many did not stick to a traditional ‘look.’
These readers had fun with their Christmas trees!
1. Decorate it with candy.
Mom Winchelle Napao piqued our curiosity with her ‘Candyland’-inspired tree. Turns out, other moms had the same idea!
2. Make it a ‘super’ tree!
Charline Ponce, a mom of two and a public school teacher, came up with the idea of a superhero-themed tree because her 4-year-old son said he wanted to wear a superhero costume on Christmas day.
3. Add a touch of ‘unicorn.’
Mom Sha Garcia’s tree may be small in size, but it’s big on the cuteness factor! That pink, spiral horn topper cinches the whole look!
4. Stuff the tree with toys.
Aside from the candies, parents also used another object as décor, ones that are easy enough to access — their children’s stuffed toys!
5. Make it into a ‘money tree.’
Why spend money on decorations when you can just use the bills as trimmings? For mom Diana Reyes, it’s a way of ensuring a prosperous new year. “Ito ay para sa masaganang pamumuhay sa darating na 2019,” she tells Smart Parenting.
6. Display your family photos!
If you own instant cameras, you can make decorations out of the film prints, like what mom Rachelle Degoma did. Here’s an idea: take photos of this year’s Christmas celebration and put it up on the tree next year. Continue it in succeeding years as a Christmas tradition! It will be fun to look back at those photos 10 years from now!
Our Smart Parenting moms are so creative, not to mention funny, so here are two bonus photos that made us LOL.
What does your Christmas tree look like? Show us at the comments below or send them via Facebook Messenger with the subject, "Our Christmas Tree." Merry Christmas!