[RSS] [Follow us on Twitter] [Follow us on Facebook] Image Map

[The North Pole Times]
[News Feeds]   
[Santa's OFFICIAL News Source]
Sunday October 21, 2018    

Franny Friday's Final Fantastic Finish

Philippine's Christmas Is Unique!


[Franny Friday's Final Fantastic Finish]

Hi boys and girls! Whew! After being blown off track for a couple of days I'm finally landing where Santa wanted me to go last week. Today I'm landing my sleigh in the Pacific Ocean and learning all about Christmas in the Philippine Islands. If you have a globe or a map at home, go now and find the Philippine Islands on them, they're south east of China and north of Australia.

You'll notice the Philippines are a large group of islands and are south of the equator. That means it's summer here during Christmas, just like on our visit to Africa. Though there are more than 7,000 islands here I'm landing in Manila, the capital city and biggest city here. A lot of the Filipino boys and girls have a Spanish or American background, so we see a lot of the same festivities as you would in Spain or Mexico. Christmas is celebrated as a time for family to visit, for friends to get together , for giving and sharing gifts, and especially a great time for fiestas or parties! Christmas is looked forward to all year long, and the warm weather during December makes for some lovely evenings outside with flowers and leafy trees, they never have snow or pine trees to decorate. It's a tradition for children to visit with their grandparents and godparents on Christmas Day. The children give respect to their elders at each house, and get a special gift or a blessing to take home. Filipinos love to sing carols. There are hundreds of languages spoken in the islands, but most people understand Filipino, known as Tagalog, or English. Here come some kids down the street singing carols, let's try to sing along.

[by Franny Elf]

Maligayang Pasko (Tagalog) Sa maybahay, ang aming bati: "Merry Christmas na maluwalhati!" Ang pag-ibig, 'pag siya'y naghari Araw-araw ay magiging Pasko lagi!! Chorus: Ang sanhi po, ng pagparito, Ay hihingi po ng aginaldo. Kung sakaling, kami'y perwisyo; Pasensya na kayo't kami'y namamasko!!

Merry Christmas (English) The household we greet: "A Glorious Merry Christmas!" When Love reigns, Every day will be Christmas! Chorus: The reason we are here is to ask for gifts. If it so happens we are a bother, Be patient since we're soliciting for Christmas!

Christmas Eve starts the big celebrations and it's when families start to get together. During the evening the last mass is attended, than people prepare for Noche Buena, a large feast full of the best loved foods. Filipinos don't sleep and the fiesta continues into Christmas Day. The party is an open house, where friends, family and neighbors drop by. Food is plentiful and is always kept hot. The streets are an open house too, very bright and decorative. Children run around the neighborhood playing with their friends and sharing food.

That's all I have time for today. But I'll be here all week celebrating with my Filipino friends. I love to be where people love Christmas. Be good at home and remember, Santa is always watching!


[Follow us on Facebook] [Follow us on Twitter] [RSS Feed] [Follow Us]

Santa Honors Reindeer at Closing Ceremony

The Ice Palace is packed here at the North Pole, and the reindeer are about to enter. It’s time for the Closing Ceremonies for this year’s Reindeer Games!

Being Nice at School of Wonders

Today I’m teaching my class the difference between being naughty and nice. People think that elves are cheerful all the time, but every so often they can misbehave.

Super Secret Finale

Our fourth stop has brought us Hudson Bay in Manitoba Canada.

[The North Pole Times News Team] [Elvin Elf] [Eugene Elf] [Waldo Elf] [Jiller Elf] [Timbo Elf] [Eddie Elf] [Elven Bios]

ALL Content Copyright © 1995 - 2018 North Pole Times. All Rights Reserved!
Reproduction in whole or in part without the expressed written
permission of the North Pole Times is Strictly Forbidden.

[News Feeds]