Spending Christmas Eve at Nengkoy’s place has always been festive, cheery and hilarious. My general feeling every Christmas Eve at Nengkoy’s is like that of sailing into the supermoon with my family or it’s the feeling of being the biggest doll among all dolls in the babushka doll. Everyone’s positive energy resonates which gives light to what a happy Christmas should be.
Celebrating the holidays has made my family even closer together. And I will never exchange for anything the time I would get to spend Christmas Eve at Nengkoy’s place.
Christmas 2015 in my country, the Philippines, is merrier than the usual Christmases in the past. Aside from festive, there is an overwhelming feelings of pride. This is because, five days prior to the actual Christmas Day, me and my fellow Filipinos received a very special and awe inspiring gift. It is the gift of being so proud to be a Filipino.
Thanks to the beautiful, witty and very regal Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the Philippine candidate who won the 64th Miss Universe pageant! Her winning the coveted crown which the whole country has been wishing, praying and craving for in more than 4 decades has made all Filipinos feel so proud, happy and jubilant.
It’s so awesome to be Pinoy this Christmas. Thank you Pia for this awesome feeling!
The Holiday Season is the chance to remember what matters most. And for the many families around the world, the Holidays are the joyous time, a time to reunite.
But for families who are apart because their loved ones need to attend to work and serve other people (nurses, hotel staff, restaurant crews, police force, security guards, etc.), this time of the year is especially hard. Christmas time also serves as a reminder that affected families too of these hardworking people have to sacrifice. To all the men and women who needs to work and be on duty on this joyous time, thank you.
Please know that you have my highest respect and gratitude for sacrificing and be away from your families this Holiday Season. To you and your families, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May we all experience metric tons of peace and happiness this Christmas!
Yearly, without hardship and difficulty, I can easily capture and feel the spirit of Christmas. But not this year. I guess I can attribute this to the still very hot weather due to the ongoing El Niño phenomenon, my having no time to do any Christmas shopping as well as the need to do and attend to the tons and loads of work in my office.
Thanks to Philippine Airlines because after seeing this heartwarming video, I can somewhat feel what seem to be a elusive Christmas spirit.
The short happy video captures the magical energy and some unique elements of a Filipino Christmas which foreigners seem to marvel and be surprised about. Seeing this video made me realize that no one in the world celebrates Christmas like the way Filipinos (like me) do.
Icelandic legend has it that anyone not dressed with brand new clothes on Christmas Day would be devoured by the ferocious Yule Cat. Though my family is not from the Nordic country of Iceland, we do observe the tradition of wearing new clothes during the festive Christmas Day.
More than five years now, my family has kept a somewhat different variety of tradition in terms of wearing new clothes on Christmas. It is because we opt to be wearing the same design of clothing every year during Christmas Eve. Call if uniform, call it a costume or call it regalia but this tradition has kept us in a way to be more bonded as a family.
And every year, it takes weeks before the final color and design will be agreed upon. Knowing how liberal and outspoken each and every member of my family is, it comes not as a big surprise that there were lots of funny debates, hilarious deliberations and side-splitting discussions on how the style and design would look like.
A way of kicking the Yule Cat’s ass this year, my family opted for a vibrant baby pink color shirt with a somewhat retro chocolate brown design print. Here’s how it looks…
Sino ba ‘yan Yul Kat na ‘yan? Pusang gala lang yata ‘yan!
Nengkoy and I would like to express – through the general parts of speech – our one of a kind 2014 Yuletide greetings and wishes to everyone!
Our wish is for you to possess your most wanted adjective, fulfill your most yearned verb, experience your dream adverb and express nothing but delightful interjections. Nengkoy and I both hope that all these shall be in conjunction with the fulfillment of your dream to be with your most desired noun and pronoun in whatever preposition you may be this Christmas Season.
According to Mahatma Gandhi, “The simplest act of kindness is by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer”. That is why aside from trying to succeed in the 9-day Misa De Gallo challenge, let me encourage everyone to allot even a small portion of their Christmas blessings to charity. I suppose you need not be told that even for a small amount, your donation will indeed go far and would help a lot of people.
I am not the best Catholic this Christmas Season so let me make up for my sins by helping others. This Christmas, my chosen aid organization is Save the Children UK. I know there is Save the Children Philippines but I chose the UK-based branch because I was so touched and was so moved by their YouTube advert for this Christmas season. Entitled Real Giving This Christmas, the advert features Gerald a young boy from an impoverished town of my very own country.
What is very moving about Gerald’s story is his ability to give so much despite having so little. His enthusing narrative along with a touching musical score of the video can indeed inspire and encourage people to share their blessings in whichever form it may be.