A week more to go and it’s Christmas. Just last week we learn its history and how tradition brought it to us over generations. We have fully understand how it began; but how shall we propagate it over time? Perhaps, the fitting question in stored for us is: Are we ready for Christmas?
Christmas is the perfect time for harmony. We usually associate the celebration as a time for families to be together again. For the whole-year round of hectic activities, we realize the importance of this season as the time we spare to meet and mingle with and among family members, with friends and relatives.
It has already been a tradition to Filipinos that during this season we prepare, we celebrate, we feast for the coming of our Savior. But really, have we sincerely inculcated in our hearts and in our minds the true essence of our celebration?
It is sad, yet true, we tend to lose grip of the spirit of Christmas. It seems to us nowadays that Christmas is only just about paraphernalia hanging on our doors, walls, windows. We think that Christmas is just about decorating lights all over the edges of our houses, and who owns the most decorated house in the place is what matters for some. For some, it has even been a problem meeting the season with the economic crisis the people are facing. Questions like: How can we celebrate Christmas without something to eat during Noche Buena? How can I wrap gifts for my family and friends if I don’t earn enough so I could spare it for the season? Why do we have to celebrate Christmas anyway? These are few of the petty questions one may ask if he resorts Christmas as a time to dwell with these earthly problems.
You see, if this is our line of thought about this season, then it is very transparent that we haven’t fully understood yet the core of our celebration. As the cliché says, it’s the thought that counts. It is not on how much you can spend for the season, or on how expensive your gifts are for your close
relatives; rather it is more on how sincere you are in sharing your blessings, how you feel the compassion of such acts of sharing, how you become true to yourself – because that’s what Christmas is all about, a time to fully appreciate our depth as a person not on what we have but on who we are. Still, it is what matters from the day we know Christmas and for the days and years we
A Blessed Christmas to one and all!