Something special happens in every Filipino family every Christmas season.This season starts from December to the first week of January the following year.
I wish I knew how my parents celebrated their first Christmas as a family, since I was only 3 months old then in December 1961.There was no picture to document and remember such event.
I came to know the essence of Christmas when I was a preschooler (5-6 year old) at that time. I would have a new dress that my mother brought from Cinderella (the shop is still existing).The dress was worn for my school’s christmas party, at misa de gallo, and when going to my paternal grandparent’s house. My paternal grandparents would speak to us in Kapampangan and English that’s why I understand a few words from the language.
This is my 24th year celebrating my own Christmas with my children, the usual hustle and bustle of activities,though less strain on my part because all the kids are grown-ups. I have more time for my own shopping and I stayed home a lot.
Christmas for me means family gathering, renewing friendships with long time friends, gift giving and attending Christmas parties. Yes I have to have time for reflection about what I still want in life, my spirituality and faith, my health and future of our family.
This year 2013 , just simple things , simple life plus good health. This season has to be merry and joyful, it has to be….