We often celebrate Noche Buena in the Phil. My father would usually wake us up in the middle of the night around 11:30pm on the 24th of Dec. just to eat a great food prepared for us or to make a great sound or see the beauty of the skies. Sometimes though we play hide and seek and other games just for fun. That happened when we were still young.
However, here in Thailand, it’s really very different. We tried to enjoy but it’s a natural day for most Thais. School have classes, and offices are open.
Before christmas came, our kids were asking especially our teenager some questions about noche buena and what we’re going to do on that day – we shared to him our experiences in the past yet, it’s really different on what they experienced now. But we always told them about the birth of Jesus and how Jesus came and saved mankind.
On that day, around 7pm we went out to eat our dinner and passed by a Filipino fellowship just to feel the spirit of Christmas! We had some fun with them too, but not for kids, only for adults, huh! So our kids didn’t enjoy that much!
Then at 11:30pm we ate our little noche buena and before we slept, we read the Holy Bible and have a short meditation then we prayed and thank God for Jesus.
Thank you God for your love!