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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

feeling the season...

almost everyone I know loves Christmas… but still, there are quite a few who seem to find the season only a reminder of sadness, if not hate or just a cause of unworthy spendings…

you see, i’ve willingly spent a full P500 prepaid in my attempt to spread the spirit of Christmas… my traditional September 01 “Welcome the Yuletide” text message went out to kin and kith, to friends and loves, to workmates and mere acquaintances… even to those who hardly count as ‘anybody’…

some responded out of courtesy… others simply for the heck off… a few, despite returning a long message can’t help but be transparent with their ‘so what’ attitude…

the two friends I were with in Kozui (and while I was sending out the greetings…) were moved by my text but in a very appalling manner… One said “I hate Christmas”… the other made known his so called “Christmas Down Syndrome”…

oh well, the other may perhaps find it undeserving to sing “all I want for christmas is my two front teeth” when in fact, it’s all she has… no offense meant though… hahaha… the other bayot, I don’t know why… he so do not deserve to be labeled ‘gay’ if only for that…

worst… and it really really breaks my heart… a friend expressed how I actually caused her to cry… bravely said to me that I am wrong… there will be no reason to celebrate for as long as her Christmas is concerned…

that I understand… a bit… her dad just passed away a few months ago and it is never easy coping up especially when you’re daddy’s little girl…

i only hope that what I shared with her somehow made her feel a different light…

hers was perhaps a manifestation of the sad fact of life… we all go through bitter truths at some point in our lives… a condition and phase I just have to respect…

but when others stand ground in portraying the real-life grinch or scrooge, that is something I can’t fathom nor respect…

hell yeah… now, let me shift the mood of this entry…

there were those too who recognized the early blessings of the yuletide season… entities who bowed down to divine intervention… people who appreciates the sublime truth that whatever challenges comes our way, God’s love will always be at play…

they love Christmas… i love Christmas…

there is something about the magic and wonder of the season that is unmatched during the rest of the year… for me, it has always meant the gathering of family and friends… days filled with laughter… good conversation over bibingka and puto bungbong… savory meals…

the chance to extend everyone a warm moment of sharing… and not everything goes measured in sizes of gifts but in the amount of attention we give…

it is unlikely of me to claim this but really, you could take everything else about Christmas away from me… the ham… new clothes… the shopping… the carnival rides… the bonus pay… and yet, i will still love the yuletide season.

even the smallest parts of Christmas feel like magic… i love the way the christmas tree glows each year with white, green, red and yellow twinkle lights on it… and i love the way the malls smell when filled with all those decors… have you ever notice that? It has a distinct scent…

but here’s the best reason I love Christmas… it happens near the end of the year and it is my moment of reflection… my thanksgiving… I recollect all of the ways that I have been blessed during the year… I take time to express my gratitude to my friends… to my sisters… to my guardian angels… to whoever my love is at that time… I thank life and heaven for not ever forsaking me… come hell or high, Prue lives through each and passing day…

i love that Christmas reminds me to be grateful and to cherish the best things and people in my life.

this post is unforgivably long… forgive me people of the world…

this is not the result of boredom… perhaps putting insomnia into valuable use is more likely…

consider this a plea… a request… a favor… an attempt to influence your realizations…

for those whose hearts have lost its youth and declares they no longer feel the magic of parols… of reindeers… of the red, blue, yellow and green festival of colors… please consider a moment to contemplate…

i am sure last Christmas, you smiled when you received gifts… when you were embraced… when you were remembered…

recognize that... those are reasons why you too should love Christmas...

even our departed will celebrate with us in Heaven… if we’re sad, they will be too… they want nothing but happiness for us…

try singing or humming ‘The First Noel’ now… isn’t His Coming reason to celebrate?

and for those who, like me, never forgets… perhaps, by sharing ourselves… we can make this Yuletide Season a good one for everybody…

Merry… merry… merry… Merry Christmas!!!

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