SM Supermalls can definitely put the SPARKLE and LIFE to every Christmas celebrations. From using unusual themes to designing the most spectacular Christmas trees, SM Supermalls remains big and ambitious in giving every one a spectacular holiday like no other.
And why wouldn’t be? For we really take Christmas seriously unlike the rest of the world. It is said that Filipinos began decorating their homes with Christmas trees in the early 1900s, as influenced by our American colonizers. Earlier, however, Dr. Jose Rizal, our National Hero, introduced and brought the idea about the Christmas tree in his letter to his eldest sister when he was in Berlin in November 1886. He simply described how Christmas is celebrated in Germany and Spain, and how a forest pine tree decorated with glitter, lights, candies and fruit is placed inside the house where everyone celebrates Christmas around it.
Since that time, the Christmas tree has found its place in many Filipino homes. Beyond the display and the ornaments, it has conveyed a message of love, unity, and joy in every member of the family.
SM Supermalls Glorious Christmas Themes
The iconic Christmas tree has also found its way as a creative centerpiece in SM Supermalls 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 centerpieces, these have become symbols of hope, love, 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, brighter, and merrier times.
Fore more updates and highlights, visit SM Supermalls website www.smsupermalls.com and let’s celebrate Christmas as we take pride in our Filipino creativity and optimism.