Maligayan Pasko

The Home section of today’s San Francisco Chronicle has a feature on Filipinos celebrating Christmas along with some pretty heartwarming pictures of little kiddies making parols.

I got my own capiz shell parol last Christmas season and was excited to have my own parol to put when I decorated last week. It is by far my favorite Christmas decoration. It is nice to look at something in the media and actually see yourself reflected back. That’s one of the invaluable perks of living in a diverse community like the Bay Area.

Here you’ll find the SF Chron’s “Pinoy Pod” that discusses the history of parols and how to make one.

Make your own parol with step-by-step instructions here, here and here.


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