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‘Merry Me Time’: 7 Paskong Pinoy-inspired activities that you can enjoy alone this Christmas

The holiday season is a time for joy, family, and festivities, but spending Christmas alone doesn’t mean missing out on the magic. In the Philippines, where traditions run deep, there are also wonderful solo activities that can infuse your holiday with warmth.

Create Your Own Noche Buena Feast

Embrace the culinary delights of Filipino Christmas by preparing a personal Noche Buena feast. Cook up traditional dishes like lechon kawali, bibingka, and fruit salad to indulge in a festive solo celebration. This is a fun way to pass the time while also practicing self-care, ensuring that you still experience the holiday feast.

Simbang Gabi Streaming Night

Experience the Filipino tradition of Simbang Gabi (Night Mass) by tuning in to online streams. Many churches broadcast these special Christmas Eve masses, allowing you to partake in the cherished practice from the comfort of your home.

If this does not work for you as it is against your belief, that’s fine! You may substitute it for other holiday-related broadcasts. What’s important is that you’re able to experience group events at a time where people come together in peace.

Parol Crafting Extravaganza

Channel your creativity by crafting your own parol, the iconic Filipino Christmas lantern. This hands-on activity not only brings a festive vibe to your space but also connects you with the vibrant traditions of the Philippines.

This may take a few hours, but the feeling of achieving a cultural craft on your own is rewarding. Plus, you can always use the parol for next year to design your home, or you may donate it to charity for other families and children to enjoy your craft.

Kapwa Reflection Time

Use this solitary moment for self-reflection and connection with others. The Filipino value of “kapwa” emphasizes shared humanity, so take time to write letters or messages to loved ones, expressing your thoughts and gratitude.

As the season of giving, don’t hold back on making others feel valued and loved. Other than sending out letters, you may also give a quick call to the people you have in mind, and have an intimate chat.

Virtual Caroling Session

Being alone at home does not mean being alone in company. There are many ways to connect virtually, supported by many online services to create a perfect virtual party.

Join online caroling sessions or organize a virtual karaoke night with friends and family. Singing traditional Filipino Christmas carols like “Pasko Na Naman” and “Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit” can bring the holiday cheer right into your living room.

Watch Timeless MMFF Movies

Dive into the rich world of Filipino cinema by watching classic Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) movies. Enjoy timeless favorites released in previous Christmas seasons like “Mano Po”, “Girl, Bakla, Tomboy” or “Ang Tanging Ina” 2010 for a dose of entertainment rooted in Filipino culture and humor.

With how comedically chaotic and quirky Filipino movies are, you will definitely roll out your seat from laughter, and will avoid feeling alone.

Light a Christmas Eve Candle

In the spirit of Filipino hospitality, light a candle by your window on Christmas Eve. This symbolizes a welcoming gesture to the Holy Family, and it’s a serene tradition that can fill your solo celebration with a sense of community.

Make sure that you place the candle safely, away from other potential hazards. You may try placing a candle on a glass container to also avoid getting blown by the wind passing the window.

Spending Christmas alone doesn’t mean missing out on the festive spirit. Embrace these Filipino-inspired activities to create a memorable and culturally rich holiday experience, even in your own company.


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