Today, 3 December 2018, marks the first Monday of the Christmas month. Many of our countrymen/women are expected to flock shopping malls, boutiques and bazaars in the forthcoming days. Company Christmas parties will also be celebrated at different events places, bars and small restaurants in the ensuing days and weeks to come.
December holidays are probably the most fun to celebrate within a calendar year. Workload tends to ease as people's mood are often more celebratory than serious. There are also families who take lengthy vacations in and out of the country. Reunions among friends and classmates are also frequent during this season.
However, as everybody else becomes pre-occupied in the celebrations and festivities, December also reminds us of the year that has been. For those who had a good year, they would look forward to capping it off with more success or achievement. For those who relatively had a bad year, they want the year to wind down as fast as possible so that they could start fresh for the next one to come.
December also reminds us of our age and how time flies so fast. When we were children, we would look forward to this season as we anticipate receiving gifts or cherish the opportunity to visit theme parks. As many of us now are grown-ups, we merely look forward to resting, sleeping and relaxing at the comfort of our beds during this season as our ageing bodies recover from the grit and grind of everyday work.
December has varying significance and meaning to a lot of people. While majority of Filipinos are pre-dominantly Catholics, there are still some segments/groups of people in our society who do not believe in the Christmas celebration. Yet, we are beneficiaries of the rest accorded to us by the month’s paid holidays.
Regardless of age, religion or sector, perhaps we can all agree that December is an opportune time for us to be reflective and thankful for the gift of life we continuously have until today.
The ‘Holiday Season’ may bear different meanings to different people, but it also brings together people in a unique and special manner.
Happy Holidays Everyone and welcome to the month of December!