Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas in Our Hearts 2012: The Joyous Journey


"Christmas is all about remembering Jesus Christ and celebrating his presence in us. He is our guiding light, the way to the right path and our greatest hope.  May we live the spirit of Christmas in our hearts, leads us towards a joyous journey and  brings us joy, love and everlasting peace."





Here comes the most wonderful season of the year--the Christmas. It is this time of the year where I feel joyful and more blessed. The season where I can express my gratitude by way of giving thanks to the Lord Christ for a year that is abundant and meaningful.


This Christmas, is the time to give and to share; to express our loving spirit. It may not be through material presents, but the kind thought of giving good wishes and blessings to others as it gives more sense of fulfillment.

I am always fascinated by the way people around the world would celebrate Christmas regardless of culture and religion or spiritual affiliations. It is through this kind of recognition that the world feels united as one in Christs' loving spirit. 

What symbolizes Christmas in the modern times is the presence of colorful and bright lights around; like The Christ who guides the humanity towards a brighter path and illumined life. During this season, many families are amused by the decorations that they have made on their Christmas trees. The symbol of hope; a brighter and prosperous life.


Although I missed to celebrate the previous Christmas in my home country with my family, still I feel connected and inspired to make the yuletide season festive and gleeful. It was indeed a great opportunity to have a glimpse of Christmas in a different culture. Hence, I have written my thoughts about last Christmas entitled Christmas in Our Hearts (click to read).

Now that I am back home, nothing compares the Christmas celebration with my family. It is good to know how everyone is doing and their state of being. It is a good feeling to be truly connected and receive blessings with them.

On the Christmas eve, I feel the joy to have a simple gathering with my family. The night party is full of excitement to everyone especially to the little kids. Exchange of gifts is usually part of this event and it feels good to have given and received gifts; simple acts of kindness, yet memorable.

I feel blessed to have attended the Eucharistic celebration with my family which is also popularly known as the "Misa de Gallo", a tradition well celebrated and preserved. This is a 'holy night' when the Christ was born, and who is considered as the greatest gift to humanity. 

Following the mass is the family gathering known as the "Noche Buena" or Good Night. It is great to share a sumptuous meal together and shared some fun and laughter. This is a yearly tradition that we have been observing since this serves as a thanksgiving for the blessings of the current year and to await for a better year ahead.

Christmas is all about remembering Jesus Christ and celebrating his presence in us. He is our guiding light, the way to the right path and our greatest hope.  May we live the spirit of Christmas in our hearts, leads us towards a joyous journey and  brings us joy, love and everlasting peace.



© 2012 Del Cusay








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