The global pandemic has entered the holiday season, and all is certainly not calm. But things are a little bit brighter in some of neighborhoods, thanks to a growing movement that has families stringing Christmas lights, and creating star lanterns to help bring some much-needed cheer.
Decking the halls at home is a win-win on many fronts. It’s a family-friendly activity, using items that many people already have at home, and it works well with social distancing protocols, since people can admire displays from their car windows. And even those who are sheltering in place can see them on social media.
Malls are putting on their Santa hats, too: Christmas trees have found their way as a creative centerpiece in SM Supermalls’ malls with artistic renditions in modern and traditional themes. Some like the Christmas in Bloom at SM Aura Premier, and the Southacular Carnival Christmas at SM Southmall, highlight blooms and fair images, respectively, instead of ornaments.
Others highlight the work of artisans in the regions. The lantern makers of Pampanga in SM City Clark’s Parul Kapampangan and indigenous fabrics from local communities—hablon, jusi, piña, abaca, and rattan—at SM City Iloilo.
More than just beautiful trees, these have become symbols of hope and joy during these most challenging times. These have become focal points where we can reconnect with our traditional celebrations, and join the Filipino community in hoping for safer, merrier times.
Check out the gallery below to see the creative centerpieces.