Well we are now officially past All Hollows, Saints and Souls days so that means there are no more holidays from here until Christmas in the Philippines. Of course that didn’t discourage malls from setting up Winter Holiday decorations as early as September, and playing songs that I have already grown sick of…yes especially you oh pop version of Little Drummer Boy.
To Decorate or not to decorate. The holidays just don’t feel like something I should celebrate on my own. My idea of celebrating Christmas is very much tied to my identity as part of a family unit. I am so used to decorating with Shaw family decorations, that in a way, home holiday decorations don’t seem ‘real’ without that familiarity of decorations that have been built put up for as long as I can remember. Yes, ornaments get updated, wreaths appear, some older decorations make way for new ones…yet the overall feeling of it remains the same. Probably because the main decoration architect is my mother.
I haven’t decorated for Christmas at all in the 6 years that I’ve been living away from home. I do put up ‘Christmas lights’ but I use them as lighting in seasons other than Christmas. This year, I will not be celebrating Christmas with family.
I do want to celebrate and decorate and I hope I can find some simple decorations that move me to remembering Advent and celebrating Christmas. No, I will not be buying a fake Christmas tree. I hope to get some Christmas lights and a few things to put around the house. I still don’t know how to handle Christmas without cold weather, yet the meaning of Christmas isn’t tied to the weather…although it seems most of popular Christmas & holiday songs are tied to it somehow (Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland etc…)
Tons of people have a tropical holiday season, Hawaii thrives on it 🙂 I just need some good ideas for tropical Christmas decorations, and I need an adventurous and open mind to try out my own way of decorating, knowing that it’s okay if it’s not as nice, artistic, well planned or as tasteful as how my mother decorates. I need to learn how to appreciate the decorations I come up with as well. I already picked up a scented candle that throws a cozy light and pleasant aroma around the house. I don’t know what I’ll do for a tree, or if I even want one but…
At least I will still have Christmas lights!