Following the Reyes Family tradition, J.J. and I prepared hongbao, the red colored envelopes. Our recipients are our condo’s concierge staff, doormen and security guards who help make our daily living here more comfortable.
We were told that the importance of the hongbao is not the amount of cash that is placed but the recipients treasure the envelope. Red is good luck and prosperity in Chinese. It is also appropriate for Christmas.
As he hands out the envelope, he says, “pang pasko” roughly translated as “for Christmas”. Their faces light up and some clasped their hands in a prayer. Unexpected gifts are delightful for both the giver and for the one who receives.
Maligayang Pasko, Merry Christmas!
Aloha -- Cathi