February 1, 2023

There is something different and special about the Yuletide season.
There is a feeling of joy, hope, and excitement. Even the atmosphere is different. The wind blows colder, the mornings are easier and the people’s mood is lighter.
Except for two things beyond our control, such as the continued threat of Covid-19 and the dirty campaign being undertaken by candidates in the forthcoming elections, everything seems to be at a standstill. Everybody is in a hurry to go home and party with their family. And, why not?
The past two Christmases were “dry”.
We were not allowed to have family reunions and we were barred from celebrating the holidays. Instead, we were confined to our homes. We were isolated, so to speak. We were deprived, for a reason, from celebrating Christmas.
This, therefore, had us yearn for better days. Well, better days are here. Better still, happy days are here again. Hopefully, this will be the start of normalcy. With contamination from the virus lessening, with less of our relatives and friends being hospitalized and with the easing up of travel restrictions, a Merry Christmas is on the way.
The best way to celebrate Christmas is to be with individuals who have made our lives better. To share our blessings with persons who have encouraged us to be the best that we can be. It means a lot that we celebrate Christmas face-to-face with our friends and relatives in tow. It makes for a happier Christmas that we have a little gathering with them, get a little corny telling jokes about our favorite Presidential candidate, and, sharing food and drinks that are served on the table.
We have been through a lot of trouble and challenges the past two Christmases. It was gloomy, it was sad and it was unmemorable. It is short of miraculous that slowly but surely, we are regaining back our lives. Though we anticipated this to happen later than sooner, a joyous Christmas is here, hopefully for good. Being allowed to have limited and supervised gatherings makes it all the more significant.
Christmas in the country is more than an occasion. It is a religious festivity, a period of time when each and every one of us affirm our faith in the birth of a Savior.
As captured in the Christmas song composed by Jose Marie Chan: “This season may we never forget the love we have for Jesus. Let Him be the one to guide us as another new year starts. And may the spirit of Christmas, be always in your hearts.”
Yes, may the spirit of Christmas be always in our hearts especially this year because we have so much to be thankful about. That we are alive, kicking and healthy is the best gift that God has given us. It is an affirmation that we are loved.
Merry Christmas to all!