Friday, December 4, 2009
Along with the other festive decorations I've put up for the holiday season, I felt it was important to incorporate our Filipino traditions as well. A parol is a traditional Filipino Christmas decoration - a star-shaped Christmas lantern; symbolizing the star of Bethlehem. Originally made of thin bamboo sticks, and covered with colored cellophane or rice paper (Japanese paper), and then illuminated with a candle or coconut-oil lamp. In the Philippines, you can see these decorations in homes, and in the streets. Here's our modern version of a parol, and it hangs in the boys' bedroom. They'll be so excited to see it when they return home from school. My boys were born in Canada, and so it's always nice to teach them their roots, and family traditions.