Photo: L' Opera located at The Fort,
Bonifacio Global City - Taguig
Christmas officially ended here last January 6 with the Feast of the 3 Kings. People say that my country has one, if not the longest Christmas season of all the other nations. I have not personally done any research to verify this fact, but I can safely suppose it has some merit. We love to party. There are far too numerous holidays that disrupt work flow. This can be quite disadvantageous if you happen to be a business owner. You woud have to pay double to get your people to work.
Ah' but the past Christmas has been an eye opener of sorts. No longer mystified by any sense of wonderment, I clearly saw how commercialized it all really was. I have not turned cynical..just practical. Hankering for gifts and new clothes and a mad dash to be somewhere to party is what it truly was. This is my personal perspective as of the moment. It may change.
I know someone though who does not take part in the festivities. No trees..no carols..no parties..no gifts. Odd and so how uncool I used to think of them. Fundamentalist extreme beliefs I would say..what's wrong with joining a party? But this person would not budge. She would smile and politely decline invitations. Now I understand.
Raw reality has seeped back into society and how peaceful it seems to just have it all in the past. That one day held above the rest..a date..a number...what for? The real Christmas is the kindness we display everyday..the little tears of feeling sorry...that spark of smile we shyly give a passing stranger...and that coin placed in an old beggars shaking hand.
If I think of it this way...I bet there would always be a dust of Christmas for me to celebrate each day.