Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Carolling Pinoy Style: Pasko Na Naman!

Pasko Na Naman! As soon as the calendar is officially turned to December, christmas carolers hit the streets and sing familiar gleeful christmas songs to welcoming homes.

Well, not all homes are accommodating to christmas carolers.

The christmas caroling tradition started as a reenactment of what happened 2,000 years ago when Joseph and Mary went house to house seeking for a place to stay for the night in Bethlehem. Just as not all homes are accommodating to christmas carolers of today, finally an innkeeper ushered Joseph and Mary to a stable, the only place he could offer them because the inn was full.

Christmas caroling Pinoy style are usually by choral groups for fund raising purposes or by children out to have some fun and spare change. Most attractive to christmas carolers are homes that are bedecked with jolly lights, decors and lanterns because of the christmas spirit that seem to welcome carolers.

Children would fashion improvised musical instruments out of flattened bottlecaps strung with wire made into tambourine rings, or loosely nailed onto sticks to make a jingling sound.

All-time favorite songs that are never amiss are: Pasko Na Naman! (It's Christmas Once Again!), Sa Maybahay Ang Aming Bati (Our Greeting to the Homeowner), and, Thank You, Thank You, Ang Babait Ninyo, Thank You! (Thank You, You Are All So Kind!)
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