Everybody has different meaning for this Christmas 2009 , i want to share mine;
It is four years now since i had been away from my own family and there’s always that feeling of emptiness and sadness because I am not celebrating this holiday with your family. Though with the present technology , you could still say Merry Christmas to them with telephone , cell phone , internet and mails. And never forget to sent the Christmas Gifts ,for me i just send money .
I remember that preparations for Christmas starts at the end of November , that is decorating the house , cleaning, putting Christmas Trees, Christmas lights and plans for the noche buena and gifts.
Christmas feels the air , when you hear christmas songs on the radio, TV and of course the “carollers” , I remember when i was a child , we also do caroling and before the day of Christmas , we shared the earnings with the group and put it on the “Alkansiya” or piggy bank.
How i missed the “simbang gabi “ going to mass at early hours of the morning then eating putong bumbong and bibingka, or lugaw on the streets near the church.
Yes ! the noche buena a gathering of the family for a meal before midnight of the day of Christmas .. I missed the :inangit my mother usually prepares for noche buena , chocolates , fruits , the whole gathering . The giving of gifts for each other within the family.
I also missed the “inaanaks or god sons and daughters going to the house , greeting merry christmas and of course ..they need the gift and usually i give them cash. Now a days , my wife told me that its not only the god sons and daughters that’s asking for gift.. They are now with the sisters, their brothers , friends , neighbors almost one barangay …Oh my God !!
Celebration for Christmas here in Canada is really different . For the Filipinos , there is still that culture of preparing the house decorations , putting of Christmas Trees and lights , going to church, the noche buena and giving of gifts or exhange gifts in a party. I do like celebrating CHRISTMAS in the Philippines.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU , HOPE YOU HAVE THE BLESSINGS ON THIS DAY AND THE COMING NEW YEAR !!!!!
What is Christmas 2009 for you ?