It’s ‘BER’ months now, and if I am in the Philippines you will already hear the Christmas Song in tv shows, malls, and everywhere you go. You will start seeing colorful Christmas decorations. Malls are jam-packed with people who wanted to buy early gifts for this coming holidays.
People will begin to ask questions, about Christmas or where or whom you will you celebrate Christmas? Or how do you usually celebrate Christmas?
When I was a kid I do usually celebrate my Christmas with my family. My family and I attend Simbang Gabi
(or in wikipedia Simbáng Gabi (Filipino for “Night Mass”) is a devotional nine-day series of Masses practiced by Roman Catholics and Aglipayans in the Philippines in anticipation of Christmas and to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is similar to the nine-day series of dawn Masses leading to Christmas Eve practiced in Puerto Rico called Misa de Aguinaldo.)
and on Christmas Eve we will have our NocheBuena
(in Wikipedia Nochebuena is a Spanish word referring to the night of Christmas Eve and celebrated on December 24 every year.)
And on Christmas Day my family and I will celebrate the birth of Jesus by eating together and giving gifts to each other.
Even problems occur in our family we still celebrate Christmas together. And tradition never failed. Not until the time we grow old and one by one member of the family needs to leave. Since then the picture has never been complete. The house becomes cold and empty. But the memories remain. Especially the time on how we are celebrating the Christmas.
Many years past and time have come, I needed to go also. I need to start a new life with my new home and with my new family.
Christmas is coming and I don’t know how my new world is usually celebrating the Christmas. All I know, at the present, everything will be different, the place, cultures, traditions and of course the people. Today might be different, a big change for me, a different world I will live for the rest of my life. Still, I believe that the meaning of Christmas is always the same. And with the love and care I have, the joy and happiness are overflowing. And I will never forget to thank God for a good change He has given not only to me but for my family.
Advance Merry Christmas to all.