Decorating together brings the family closer. A fun loving festive spirit is uniquely seen in Filipino tradition. Countdown starts on the first of September which has its own magic. Even though life in the Philippines is difficult, people still strive their best to save money for the Christmas. As I recall vividly during my childhood in the Philippines we make lanterns made of bamboo, the "parol", which symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem. My siblings and I often make a star-shaped framework made of bamboo sticks and then cover it with different colors of Japanese paper. We always make sure that each and everyone of us have their own lanterns and that we do it at the same time when decorating them. My father usually guides us on how to make a perfect lantern. As we make our lanterns, my mother usually prepares snack for all of us. We also decorate our Christmas tree together. I often choose the theme for the year and we create our own decors to show our creativity. Decorating the tree makes me feel that we can make anything beautiful if it consists of love and hardship.We talk, laugh and have fun every time we do it.