Christmas Extravaganza

Once again, there comes a time when all the malls are filled to the brim. Sales are abounding and the traffic never ending.  I guess someone should compose a song about that, too. It’s a phenomenon called Christmas.

Gluttons, shop-a-holics, and self-professed mall rats seemed to rave at this time. Not to mention businessmen and women, whose wares are selling like hot pancakes, when at other times of the year, they seem to be in a slump. With that said, you can say that malls are really filled to the brim. NO, really, the malls are really FILLED up with people. So full, you could just stand and see yourself move with all the pushing. Business at this season is really great. For starters, try a gift wrapping business existent only during these seasons. It’s a definite boom. It’s called the Holiday Rush.

Because the businesses are in full bloom at this time of the year, the pockets get lighter. The stomachs grow larger. The expenses grow bigger. The parties get more luxurious. The hospitals get more patients. The life becomes more complicated. It’s a vicious cycle.

Also found at this time of the year are countless cantatas. Go to any church of any denomination or any theater or auditorium and you’ll have a jam packed schedule of cantatas from November to December and sometimes some spill over in January. It’s true. Personally, I’ve been to the same auditorium to watch 4 concerts of 4 different choirs from a single church for 4 Sundays in a row. Imagine that! And it’s still counting I guess.

When you travel along the streets, it would be an understatement to call the streets well lit. In fact, if you happen to be in Manila and happen to visit at a street in Mandaluyong, you’d be amazed at how lit the whole town is. You’d really wonder if poverty is in the Philippines with all the lights, sounds and sights at this time of the year. Even the slums are well lit. Trees, though small, were filled in relative abundance.

So the bigger question with all these luxury and excess is to what end? Why do we even bother decorating, and filling our stomachs with food?

Apart from being the birth day of several hundred historically famous people and the coronation of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne, this was supposedly a day of birth of some god. Some say it was Jesus Christ birth, others say it was some pagan god, while kids say it was Santa Claus. Whoever it was, this season was bound to be the most celebrated season worldwide by almost any age.

I agree to the fact that Jesus Christ was not really born on the 25th of December. However, I am ot about to rant at how deluded the world is, or how happy the pagans are. Historical data proved it already. On the flipside, I am going to rant about how the Christmas season has become an enterprise for some. How it has become a big headache to most people.

For kids, it may have been the greatest time of their lives with all the gifts waiting for them. Yet for me at this time around, it has become a headache especially once you fall into line with the millions of people at the employment age since it is their time to give the gifts and not to receive.

True, the adage is it is better to give than to receive. It really is especially if it is from the heart. Yet sometimes, the giving has become mandatory. It becomes the reason why people have become mall rats for weeks now. It is also the reason why businesses are doing well, the stomachs are full, etc.

What I really wanted to say is that if the essence of Christmas is love and all that jazz. Why should it be exclusive to gift giving? Aren’t hugs, friendships and camaraderie more lasting gifts that no material offering could beat? Shouldn’t gift giving come from the heart? So why does it become a burden sometimes?

Once again, I couldn’t answer my own questions. But I am waiting for your gifts.

Jesus Christ


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