CHRISTMAS

  • Page Views 1705
  • I think you have to experience winter to know what desolation and death can be like.  It can be unbearable.

    It’s the season where everything dies, even bacteria. It becomes freezing cold and numb; where the landscape is just white and colorless. Looking at the vast expanse of snow gives me a feeling of emptiness, of being all alone. And in many parts of the western world, the dreariness of winter can even be suicidal.

    Now, we don’t really know if Jesus Christ was born in winter.  Some scholars say that, because the shepherds were out that blessed night, it’s highly improbable. So why celebrate Christmas in the dead of winter?

    I thinks it’s because if we believe that the birth of our Chirst is the symbol of hope, then winter is the best time to have that hope.  And so we sing “Joy to the World, the Lord has Come!!” because we need hope the most when we experience the winters of life.  We need to endure our winters so that when spring finally breaks, and it will, we can appreciate life more and live it to the fullest.

    I like winter because it anticipates a new year. So I do new year’s resolutions  for new things like health and exercise (hahaha) and recommit to old values like working harder with higher levels of efficiency.  As the year closes and a new year is upon us, the birth of Christ at this particular time becomes even more significant.  And so we hope that Christmas brings new changes in our life: a better job, more love, prosperity and even a better government.

    I like winter because I can travel with my family.  We never really grew up together you see, as three of my siblings grew up with my aunt and grandmother. And even today, with a sister now living in Los Angeles, it’s hard for us to be complete. And so two weeks out of every year, we can be a family.  And so, despite the dreariness of winter, the warmth of family keeps us alive with hope and love.

    They say Christmas is about love and family. That much is true. As we get older, we realize that all we have is each other.  Christmas has become a commercial enterprise and it sad, because I will tell you this, and this perhaps is the secret of happiness.

    “Never love things that cannot love you back”.

    DURIAN REPUBLIC

    By Jj Atencio

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 10 November 2022
      3 weeks ago No comment

      Golden Gift Society receives donation, accepts new members

      A Metro-Vancouver nonprofit dedicated to helping the less fortunate continues to touch the lives of many. More people are going to benefit from the work of the Golden Gift From The Heart For People In Need Society as it recently accepted a generous donation and grew its ranks with ...

    • 06 October 2022
      2 months ago No comment

      Filipinos run in October 15 municipal elections

      At least 10 Filipinos are running in the October 15 municipal elections in B.C. The candidates are vying for posts in council and school board in different cities across the Greater Vancouver region. The most prominent of the candidates are Maita Santiago, who is running for council in Burnaby, ...

    • 22 September 2022
      2 months ago No comment

      Vhong Navarro under NBI custody for rape charge

      Metro Manila — TV host and actor Vhong Navarro remains under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as of Tuesday, a day after he was slapped with two arrest warrants over complaints filed by model-stylist Deniece Cornejo in 2014. Navarro’s camp has yet to file a motion ...

    • 22 September 2022
      2 months ago No comment

      Meet and greet with Jinny, Ramon and Surrey Forward

      The Surrey Forward party is ready to serve the city and its residents. Surrey Forward is fielding Jinny Sims as mayoral candidate in the October 15, 2022 local election, and the party also has seven candidates for council. One of these candidates is Filipino Canadian financial professional Ramon Bandong. ...

    • Queen-Elizabeth-King-Charles-2022
      15 September 2022
      2 months ago No comment

      Farewell Queen Elizabeth, Long live King Charles!

      The world is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, U.K.’s longest-serving monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. Queen Elizabeth, whose reign spanned 70 years, was succeeded to the throne by her eldest son Charles, who has been proclaimed as King Charles III. The ...

    %d bloggers like this: