Noche Buena, Maligayang Pasko..Keeping Christ in Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

It’s already Christmas in the other parts of this world – especially where most of my family members are.

Christmas has always been a special day. It’s Jesus’ birthday, and without today, our lives would have been different.

A few weeks ago, my other half of the family celebrated Chanukah, and it was a 8 fun-filled crazy nights.

Today, it is Christmas. Let us not be shy to greet someone a “Merry Christmas”. It's Christ's birthday celebration, so let's not shy about it.
Growing up, Santa Clause wasn’t the main part. It has always been Christ. “Misa de Gallo” or Midnight masses begin on the 16th of December until Christmas Eve, the Nativity of Christ. And on Christmas Eve, we celebrate “Noche Buena”, a traditional Christmas Eve feast, when families dine together around midnight, and leave a few settings of food for the “First Family” – Joseph, Mary and Jesus.

Today, I’m busy preparing my traditional Noche Buena, which is totally different from what my Mom used to prepare for Christmas Eve. But one thing remains, Christmas is all about celebrating Christ and being with family.

So to all my family and friends in different corners of the world:

Maligayang Pasko.
Merry Christmas.
Feliz Navidad.
Joyeux Noël
Buon Natale
วัс Рождеством Христовымนคริสต์มาส
Fröhliches Weihnachten
Craciun fericit!
Wesołych Świąt

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