Christmas is a very much celebrated season in the Philippines. It is a time of reunions where family members in other countries return to their motherland, the Philippines, to celebrate Noche Buena. Christmas in the Philippines is known to be the longest celebrated Christmas in the world, where everything begins once the "Ber" months kick-in. For our flight attendants, it is a season they do look forward to also, to spend time with their families.
With the nature of their job and their call of duty, being able to spend noche buena and to join their family reunion on Christmas day would indeed sometimes be a pipe dream. Yes when they signed, trained, and were proclaimed as official cabin crew, they have already accepted the fact that they stand a huge chance to be working on Christmas but come that day, things may still get emotional for them.
Nevertheless, the fulfillment of uniting other families and seeing the joy in the passengers's faces excited to see their loved ones waiting on the ground is second to none, and that's what makes being a cabin crew special. They sacrifice being with their own families on Christmas day to answer the call to unite the families of other people they never met, to ensure their safety, and to bring them home in comfort.
Behind all that glamor, flight attendants do make a lot of sacrifices, but just like our soldiers who are ready to give their own lives to defend their countrymen, that's what makes being a cabin crew more than just a job, but a calling.
Here is our tribute to all our flight attendants and stewards flying on Christmas day.