Christmas’ mesmerizing effects & Filipinos’ uplifting spirit-A A +A
Bahin sang Bubay
Sunday, December 22, 2013
I HAVE always looked forward to Christmas the whole year through when I was a child. There is something about the season that brought about a certain kind of “good” feeling akin to warmth that comes from within.
It was not only because of the shiny, twinkling star-like tinsels and decorations that were there at the start of the season in the months of October and November. Although, it used to thrill and mesmerize me as a child, to watch the never-ending swirl of the red and blue tiny balls that Mama used to adorn our lifeless Christmas tree as this was stripped of its leaves and in lieu of green leaves, it was fun for me to have its trunks and twigs covered with green Japanese paper.
It never dawned on me why we had to do that then, and now, that thought suddenly came as I watch our own decades-old plastic Christmas pine tree at home. Somehow, what we did then as children in our little hometown was more significant and meaningful unlike today when we can easily buy every little fancy that our imaginations take us.
And, though, for me, it’s still fun decorate our little Christmas tree, it saddens me to see the kids are seemingly disinterested to beautify it. Is it because they do not see any meaning in it anymore?
Or am I just a hopeless romantic and has not really grown up when it comes to this kind of activity in my childhood?
The advent of high technology and gadgets available to the youth of today could be some of the reasons why Christmas becomes a “no big deal” for this generation. They would rather spend time in computer games and all.
There’s just so little excitement left at present in the Christmas glitters all over tinsel-town for kids these days, except for those who do not have access to these gadgets among the poorest. Unless these are gigantic Christmas trees bedecked with thousands of lights that ate up much-needed energy in typhoon devastated areas all over the country, the spirit of Christmas is really lost among majority of revelers in our society today.
The positive character though that I see among us Filipinos is that undying spirit of giving that we have for our people who are left without much to be desired after the calamities. It’s the kind of attitude that sets us apart from other cultures the world over.
It is even better than the foreign-introduced Christmas celebration and gift-giving that we learned through centuries, because then, our early ancestors taught us the kind of kinship that goes beyond material considerations. It is the kind of connection that ever left us, even among our migrants around the world.
It is that Filipino legacy of family that is more important for us more than anything gifts that we are given this Christmas.
To one and all: Maligayang Pasko at mapayapang Bagong taon sa lahat!
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 23, 2013.