Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! The air is cold, the city streets are lined with lights, Christmas trees are colorfully decorated, peppermint candy canes are all over the grocery stores and Christmas songs are playing over the radio. It is a time for family and friends to gather together to talk about the good ol’ days and exchange gifts.
Christmas in the Philippines
I must say that Christmas in the Philippines is fun sans the horrible traffic. One of the things that I miss is singing or caroling. We used to go caroling around our neighborhood in the hope of getting money to buy candy. We went from house to house singing Christmas carols such as “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” There were a couple of times when we were barked at and chased by dogs. When I became old enough to sing and go caroling with the choir, we sang more complicated pieces (and were served more food). Lol. Shopping is very big this time of the year, with all the bazaars around town. Afterall, everybody needs to buy a gift for everybody, right? Sadly, it’s become very commercialized.
So why do we celebrate Christmas? It’s the time when we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ who is the Lord and Savior of mankind..
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
So amidst the chaos of the busy season, may we always remember that He is the Reason for the Season!
A blessed Christmas to you!