Gift-giving Traditions (Pagbibigay ng Regalo)

Advent, from Latin Adventus is a holy season that marks the beginning of the Christian year, in which we anticipate the coming of our savior. and culminates with His birth at Christmas. We commemorate the birth of God's greatest gift to us: Jesus Christ. As Christians, we believe that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, and that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16) His gift to us is eternal joy, eternal peace and other beautiful gifts of the Holy spirit. We share our happiness with our loved ones by sincerely praying for them, and giving gifts as a token of love. That is why gift-giving is synonymous with Christmas. Gifts are usually placed under the Christmas tree, and opened either Christmas eve after dinner or during Christmas day after breakfast.

Filipinos are natural gift-givers. For example, when someone cooks pansit, lumpia or turon, they are usually shared with neighbors or relatives. In a Filipino party, the host customarily prepares abundant food so that guests could take some of the delicious food home. Filipino hospitality and generosity always show up during Christmas; special cakes, fruits and other food items would be sent by those who could afford them. Such gifts would be sent a few day before Christmas, in time for the receiving family's Noche Buena or on Christmas day.

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