It is when the nights become longer, when the winds blow colder, when the animals start to sleep for weeks, when colorful lights brighten houses and when snow starts to fall on various places, unfortunately, not on our country. It is the winter season. One day stands out in this season. The ber months: September, October, November and December, provide people stimulating atmosphere for the preparation of that day, that one special occasion. It is none other than Christmas.
Christmas is the celebration of the day when presumably Jesus Christ was born. The Catholic Church provides a 9-day series of night masses, locally called as “Simbang Gabi”. Christmas is also a day to exchange gift. It is a day to pay respect to the elderly, for them to give you gifts and treats. It is also a day to reunite with relatives from different places. To summarize, Christmas is a holiday for you to enjoy.
For me, Christmas is the time for me to collect taxes from my relatives. I am just kidding. Because I’m a big boy now, it is harder for them to choose a gift for me, so they just give money, which is really appreciate. Christmas is when most of the children’s pockets are full. I am also anticipating a family reunion on Christmas. It is because most of our relatives working overseas return to the Philippines every Christmas season.
But I felt bad at some points in celebrating Christmas. Children think that Santa Claus is more closely related to Christmas than Jesus Christ, the One who gave that day a purpose at all. People who attend the night masses think more of the wish that is believed to be granted, for those who completed the nine masses, than the Words of God they hear on those masses.
Anyway, despite of all these depressing things that people are now thinking on Christmas, we should keep a positive outlook and attitude, because it’s Christmas. Let’s just celebrate Christmas, for holiness and happiness, for commemoration and celebration. Merry Christmas!