Christmas 2013

I could still remember being half asleep as a kid when the clock strikes 12 midnight. It was time to eat and of course, greet the whole family a Merry Christmas. Spaghetti, ham, fruit salads and lots of presents are waiting; the Christmas tree was then always full, colorful as it was with ornaments and all, the Christmas lights are dancing, singing different Christmas songs.

Morning will come and we're all going to wear our new clothes for the Christmas day. It was time for our ninongs and ninangs to give pamasko - either a thing wrapped up with Christmas ribbon on it or a red envelope of such monetary-valued-gift; we open it with smile on our faces.

I have all my wonderful memories of Christmas as a kid. Now that I've grown, I've realized its true spirit. I may not have the words to elaborate what it really is, but I know you know what I'm trying to say. And I believe that your Christmas memories when you were younger are fun and wonderful, too.

We believed in Santa Claus, we stopped believing, we became Santa Claus and hopefully we won't look like Santa Claus (but I think we all will. Haha!). Carefree kids, waiting under or beside the Christmas tree, socks hanging for the candies - awesome times, indeed.

Now that we are being our own Santa Claus for today, we became happy by making other people happy especially our family. True enough that 'it's the thought that counts'. We don't need fancies to make our Christmas brighter, funner and awesome and what I think we need is to celebrate it with happiness no matter what. Christmas this year must be really hard for some of us especially for those Typhoon Yolanda's victim, but then, rest assured that the Filipino spirit is there. Not that we are resilient but we're more like to get over things with and face our unsure tomorrows with positivity and with smile on our faces.

We all have our memories of a wonderful Christmas. Different versions, different feelings but this year's Christmas with strength, hope, faith and love for the whole country and for the whole Filipino people will definitely one of those memories we will treasure for the rest of our days and even beyond that.

Merry Christmas, everyone! May we all have more blessings and strength to face each day with undying hope and strong virtue.

God bless us all.

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