Some Christmas thoughts

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2 years ago

Whenever Christmas comes, I always suggest at home to do away with the common food/dishes that are being served. I'm talking about macaroni salad, spaghetti and pancit (stir fried noodles with vegetables). These are for me the top three things that in every household whenever Christmas comes. The whole year through whenever there is a celebration, expect those to be served.

We still cook them though but not that much for some would still want that. Sometimes we cook a lot and when all the leftovers are stored away, those three are the ones to be consumed last.

That's why I wanted something else that we don't usually prepare.

When we go visit relatives or friends later on, I look for food that I haven't eaten that much.

During my school days, I was part of a singing group. During Christmas breaks, our group would find us in different homes singing songs. Our instructor for send letters to these homes informing them that we would be visiting their place on particular dates. We do this to raise funds for projects for our group. When we arrive to their homes, there would be a spread of food. Basically, a feast in every home we visit. Of all the places we have been to, I always remember how food seems plenty.

One time, we went to a place and sang in their church. We sang a special song in the morning during the service and then sang the whole afternoon. Come night time, we visited houses basically singing carols. Of course food was served and we ate so much so from one house to the other that by the fourth or fifth house, we were so bloated we can't sing properly. Our head then told us that there is a lesson to be learned there. Don't overeat. Eat only enough to get you through the next house. That way, you can still eat from what each household has prepared for you and everyone is happy. That stuck with me and it's what I have been doing ever since except when we know for sure that there are no other houses to visit then we eat to our heart's content.

Which brings me to the question: What is Christmas to you? We say that it is all about the birth of Jesus. It is all about His sacrifice for us to be saved from sin. Not everyone believes in Christmas and not everyone celebrates it the same way you and I do it.

Would it still be Christmas if you don't have food to prepare, no gifts, no decorations? In this time and age where we are into consumerism and material things, we fear of missing out. Why? Because we don't want to be ridiculed or pitied. We see what people post online and we feel being left out.

I was asking my partner the other day what was their company doing in terms of outreach programs. Companies are willing to spend a lot of money for their employees which they deserve. This in turn will make them spoiled in a way by looking forward to gifts and bonuses. Is it all about money?

Why not spend it with the less fortunate and make their day happy too?

We all have worries. We all have needs. However, may this Christmas be filled with joy and happiness and that you will be tools to spread smile, laughter and cheer to other people aside from your loved ones.

Be the reason of someone's Christmas a merry one.

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Sanay na kasi tayo na naghahanda tuwing Pasko noh... Pero samin, di na kami naghahanda ng labis, kung ano ang meron, yun na yun. 😁

I am glad my eldest daughter was part of the youth in our barangay who participates charity activity in our neighboring barangays every Christmas. It's better than the ussual old days.

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2 years ago

Minsan di na nga kami naghahanda e hehe.

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1 year ago

True.. Why not share it to less fortunate ones. If I am an owner of a company..i would conduct a Christmas party in an orphanage or medical centers for the poor..

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2 years ago

Right? You will feel the true meaning of giving that way.

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1 year ago

Soon, ako naman ang magpapahid ng ngiti sa mukha ng mga tao. Yong simpleng act lang sana by giving foods or what. At hindi lang sa mga tao kundi pati na rin sa mga animals. When ko kaya tu matutupad hmm

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2 years ago

Nagagawa mo na hindi mo lang siguro namamalayan :D

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1 year ago

In Venezuela inflation has hit us very hard, however we try to keep the tradition with what we can, the table will be missing some things that we could not buy, but the main dish will be there. I know people who have companies that visit some low income towns, they make an event with the church, they bring musicians, food and gifts for the children.

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2 years ago

In good times and bad times, let us keep the spirit of tradition alive :)

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1 year ago

Very beautiful words. I volunteered at a children's home one year for Christmas and it was so rewarding. I spent time with the children just playing and being someone to hug and listen to them. It was really special to me and I treasure those moments. Most new years I used to go and volunteer in the hospital, but it's too dangerous for me to do that anymore. I miss it horribly.

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2 years ago

That's wonderful! This pandemic has cut us off from human touch. I hope you can go back to doing that again for surely to be in service to others is an act of love that we all need.

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1 year ago

You seemed to have a wonderful christmas time tasting fud in your school days. But as you told let this christmas be a reason to make someone happy.

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2 years ago

Mas meaning talaga ang Christmas kuya pagnakakatulong at nagbibigay ngiti sa iba😊 Advance Merry Christmas Kuya😊

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2 years ago

I also hope to eat something different during these periods as well. Instead of the usual everyday thing.

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2 years ago

And I'm planning big for it. I will be sharing my happiness with them.

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2 years ago

I gope macelebrate natin lahat ung xmas na walang lunfkot lalo na sa mga nasalanta ni Odette at may bago nanaman daw. Nakakaiyak isipon ung mga bagay-bagay nato kasi parang nakataya lahat tas sa isang iglap biglang mawawala.

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2 years ago

Its better to celebrate the Christmas in a simple way especially now, its pandemic plus typhoon Odette been added.

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2 years ago

Sharing the joy around people who need help the most are one of the best feelings for sure, especially when it's during Christmas where the weather can suck in most part of the world. It's really great to see the spirit of giving around this platform! Glad to see that you're still around and better than ever, Lee !

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2 years ago

It's okay to celebrate Christmas in a simple way for as long as your happy celebrating it together with your family. That's all that matters. ❤

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2 years ago

Christmas 🎄 everywhere. Hahah. Happy preparation for the celebration.

And we all have our way of thinking and doing things. We are different from each other. So your idea is welcomed. Making other people happy and putting smile on their faces.

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2 years ago

Good deeds done even in the simplest of ways can make a difference to someone in need..

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2 years ago

Since is as a.kid,my mother will always cooked pansit every Christmas Eve,but now that I'm already married ,I don't cooked it ,but I'm.planning.to cooking spaghetti. I do believe that christmas happened everyday in our life as long as we have Jesus.

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