Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Blessed Christmas To All

My PC Desktop table on Christmas 

Last night I attended an Christmas Exchange Gift party of my friends, we're just 11 souls that gathered to celebrate Christmas in synchronicity to million OFWs worldwide that celebrate Christmas. My friends have prepared Chicken Caldereta, Biko and Cassava cake, fried chicken, Lumpia and Macaroni Salad and Pancit.

The exchange gift event highlights the evening, 11 gifts were raffled and drawn among us, and to my surprise I got a Rice Cooker, a blessing in time to replace my 8-year old Rice Cooker that needs retirement. 

Christmas Exchange Gift Rice Cooker

The night ended with typical OFW stories about family and familiar OFW Christmas tales. And as we talk about love, our story telling drifted into the meaning of Christmas - love, sacrifice and gift giving, suddenly it reminded me of a familar lines that perhaps you have uttered it at least once in your OFW life:

"Kamusta kayo dyan, okay lang ako dito, mahalaga masaya kayo sa Pasko"

At habang nagsasalita'y kapansin pansin ang garalgal na tinig at di alintana ang pagpatak ng luha mula sa mata.

OFWs around the world, particularly those who are separated from their love ones due to migration especially those that are in Middle East countries where Christmas is not celebrated at least publicly were more emotionally depressed during Christmas season, but with their courage and determination to surpass the trials in life, they celebrate Christmas in their own humble way through prayers and small social group gatherings.

Being alone in a lonely planet as an OFW should not stop us Filipinos to celebrate Christmas. As I long for traditional Christmas lights and lanterns, the thick smell of baked bibingka and puto bungbong - celebrating Christmas in a foreign land means getting in touch with your love ones, as I called them this morning and with an assurance voice I gently say:

"Kumpleto na ang Pasko ko, basta marinig ko lang ang mga boses ninyo"

It is one of the many occasions that I call my family over the phone, from my wife, to my children Geeka, Jason and my daughter-in-law Mely, and my makukulit and adorable na mga apo, Jarem (7 years old) and Janna (six years old), but Christmas is always different.

We all missed the Simbang Gabi, the bibingka't puto bungbong but it does not dampen our spirits to celebrate Christmas. Because for most of us OFWs celebrating Christmas is opening ourselves to God, allowing the true spirit of Christmas which is LOVE, PEACE and JOY to enter into our hearts and let it reign as we give praise and thanks the Almighty for His Divine gift to Mankind - the birth of the Holy Child.

Let Christmas begin within your own family - let love starts with your spouse, your partner, your children... and whole family and expands to all world. Let's spread love, they're just a a phone call away... and say:

"Maligayang Pasko"

12 comments:

  1. Maligayang Pasko kuya :) God Bless po

    My recent post Kwento ng Pasko

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  2. Merry Christmas Kiko, nawa'y ang pagpapala ng Banal na Sanggol ay manahan sa iyo at iyong pamilya.

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  3. I am happy ,if my rice cooker last for 2 years.We shouldn't stop celebrating Christmas even if we are away home.

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  4. @ Ms. tatess, I bought this Rice Cooker last 2004 when my family first arrived here in Doha, it is Nikon, the print design is faded and lost it's luster but until now it is still working.

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  5. nakakatouch naman po itong post na ito. Lalo na yung line na "Kumpleto na ang Pasko ko, basta marinig ko lang ang mga boses ninyo".
    Merry Christmas sir George! I pray na sana bigyan pa kayo ng graces ni God to continue being strong from your family and to be the source of inspiration sa iba tulad naming mga readers dito :)
    God Bless!

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  6. @ Renz

    Isang mapagpalang Kapaskuhan sa iyo at iyong pamilya habang ating inaabangan ang isang mapayapang Bagong Taon.

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  7. A Merry Christmas to you and your love one, Pope!!

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  8. I admire your blogs po. Galing. & even if hindi po OFW parents ko, tinitingala ko pa rin po kayo for being able to raise your children well and being able to express to the whole world how much you care and love them. Merry Christmas po. :) Ingat po kayo dyan. :D

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  9. @ BlogusVox

    Salamat sa pagbisita, a blessed Christmas too to you and your family.

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  10. @ Jue Rigos E

    Thank you for the kind words, a blessed Christmas and a Peaceful New Year to you and your family too.

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  11. Christmas is always great when celebrated together with the family..hope you had a wonderful one!
    have a blessed new year in advance! God bless!

    Ruby

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  12. @ Redruby

    Happy New Year!!! Looking forward for a prosperous and peaceful 365 days of 2012.

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