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Christmas in the Philippines Part 3: The decors

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Photo credit: CNN

We have tons of Western decors that we normally put up during Christmas season, such as statues of Santa Claus, reindeers, stockings, Christmas trees, fake snow, wreaths, mistletoes, poinsettias, and shiny Christmas balls.

But we also have our own local Christmas decors like the parol and the Belen. ย Parol — aย star-shaped Christmas lanterns usuallyย made from paper, plastic and wooden sticks (sometimes they also use shells) —

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Parol photo credit: Gino Manalastas

and Belen — a tableau depicting the birth of Christ (which also comes in many sizes from one that can fit in one hand to one that is as life-sized as Shaquille O’Neil).

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belen-pintadaBelen photo credit: mynerja.com