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What is Christmas?

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AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca

Every year around September or October we begin to wander around looking for something unique or eye-catching with which to decorate our Christmas tree. Such a task is never too difficult nowadays with the many twinkling ideas and shining stars that flood the market. And when you have found what you have been looking for you get a feeling of joy that only the season can give.


But then you ask yourself, how about the poor and the destitute, how do they celebrate Christmas? Do they have any decorations like artlets that they hang in their Christmas tree?


I remember when I was a little boy and was barely in his teens, we had a laundry woman and her family whose house was near the river. I used to frequent their nipa hut and I don’t remember anything that reminded me of the birth of Jesus Christ. Hence you could say that Christmas only held some meaning to people living in the town centers.


Nowadays, you see Christmas decorations everywhere especially in town centers where the big business establishments are located. Bright twinkling stars adorn almost every inch of the highway. And every building has some kind of an embellishment. Inside you will find the most elaborate and ornate decorations there are.


Outside you can see some of your friends exchanging pleasantries. Others who are loath to live outside are wont to live it like a king inside. So they set up their cell phones or laptops or computers so that they can see and talk to each other. In fact this has been the mode lately ever since the start of the pandemic. Even relatives and friends can meet and discuss matters from different continents. It’s quite easy nowadays with your cell phones or laptops you can get in touch with anybody on earth, anytime day or night. I remember very well our meeting between friends earlier this month. One was in Europe, another in Australia, somebody in Bangkok and the rest in the United States and the Philippines. It was a very welcome and very amiable conversation of several long lost friends. I guess we will make that a common conversation nowadays.


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