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Christmas 2017

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Christmas 2017

‘Tis the season to be jolly yet why do I still feel a little unmotivated?

We all know it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s where lights start to shine around streets, decorations in gold, silver, red, green, and blue, huge Christmas trees constructed in the middle of roads, malls, and alleys, even inside our own houses. You hear music everywhere, either on radio or traditional Christmas carols live outside your houses, or even outside the doors of your car. It’s the season of gift giving where everyone is outside scouting for presents. You know it’s Christmas when you start hearing sounds of sleigh bells randomly whether it may be attached on Christmas decors, kids talking about Santa Claus, or in worst cases the sound of honking while stuck in traffic because of Holiday Rush. Most importantly, it’s a time for uniting with your families and loved ones. They say Christmas is when all roads lead you back home, but why do I feel a bit lost?

Every Christmas the usual thing I do is to spoil all my family members with gifts, I love giving especially when it comes to my parents and siblings. I love the faces they make when they open up presents. I’ve always loved celebrating Christmas, and I think I’m the most enthusiastic family member when it comes to this season. But this Christmas after being away from home I came back with an empty wallet from all the travels, I only gave them what I thought they might need. I also treated them to a magic show called Impossible in Araneta Coliseum since I know they’re all stressed and I think they really needed that break. Even if  I always try my best to make everything as happy and exciting as possible, there’s always something that gets in the way of things like misunderstandings. I always try to make people happy but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it is that I can’t force everything / everyone. So this Christmas, I wasn’t as jolly and excited in fact I was a bit unmotivated but then I knew I had to look at this situation differently.

Christmas, it’s a very well-celebrated holiday in most countries. Despite of old celebratory traditions, I always remind myself of what Christmas truly is, for some it’s a gift-giving holiday, a vacation for individuals or families, or a holiday break for employees but in history Christmas is considered as the annual Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth held on the 25th of December. It’s not just about gift-giving, having a vacation or taking a break, it’s not just about Santa Claus or Christmas Trees and gifts, it’s about celebrating Jesus’ birthday. As a strong Christ-believer, I take this holiday as an opportunity to give back to him. We’re all blessed by God, some may be oblivious about it but just by simply surviving life’s challenges every day this 2017 is a blessing to each individual. Aside from survival, think of the opportunities given to you this year — the projects, travels, and work you’ve achieved, also think about the downfalls — breakups, betrayals, issues regarding work that shaped you into a wiser and stronger person, everything has it’s own ‘brighter side’ of things, even the ones you think are too dark to handle. God surprises us in many different ways, and I’ve experienced his miracles a couple of times, I will not get into details but I’ve been through a lot this year, more than enough to cause emotional and physical breakdown, but I didn’t fall if it weren’t for all my constant prayers that eventually healed me and brought me to where I am now. Christ-believer or not majority of us celebrate Christmas and although we commemorate it in various ways we still have a common denominator — Christ & Giving. One of the best ways to give back to Christ’s countless blessings is to reunite with your loved ones. God gave us our families and friends thus,  just by being present in reunions, Christmas parties, and get-togethers is already a way to spend time with them.  You could also give back through giving, take time to give at least small presents to your relatives and friends who have been there during your darkest days, or by simply being kind, spreading positivity to just anyone despite the toxicity we get from this world. Every good deed counts.

I hope to those who feel the same way, if you’re feeling down this Holiday Season, or maybe you feel unmotivated like me, chin up! There’s always a brighter side in all the things we’re experiencing. Let’s adjust our focus, instead of wasting our time on unnecessary drama let’s turn it into productivity, let’s turn our griefs into joy by giving out to others who are much more in need.

Godbless & Happy Holidays, Everyone!