For every Filipino family, Christmas is a very big deal. Relatives even from all over the world travel thousands of miles just to meet and greet their family members. It is the most awaited time of the year where Filipinos reunite and merry even though sometimes deviating from the true meaning of Mass of Christ. Filipino families laugh together and prepare for a special, if not extravagant, midnight dinner. It is the essence of Christmas: coming together in the table and bond as a family.
As most of persons associate, it was Catholics who invented December 25 as the day of Christ’s birth. Several questions arise from its authenticity. There are many who claims that the date is faux and far from the original ones. Well, in the Philippines, we ignore it. The main reason is because we are dominantly Catholics. It was estimated that 80% of Philippine population are Catholics. That is to say, more or less there are 80 million Filipinos around the country celebrating this momentous event. Because it known to every Catholic that it must be the day of Christ birth, so we intend not to question it anymore. Much important is, we celebrate Christ’s birth together with our family.
How about the non-Christians? It is a bit strange that all of the neighborhood is celebrating while somebody are at their bed happily sleeping. They don’t believe and eagerly argue that Christ’s birth should not be December 25. In protest or may be in demonstration of disagreement, they do not celebrate Christmas the way most of the people do. If someone in the neighborhood lit a firecracker, play loud musics and talk boisterously, they not just disregard it. They condemn it. There are much ruckus about how they, particularly pointing out to that one religion, celebrate the birthday of the divine God. Well, they have the point actually. But what are we to do, we are happy and so much elated to remember our savior’s birth anyway.
In the end, Christmas is not just about celebrating. Christmas remind us to be humble, as he was when given birth in the manger. Christmas also reminds us that Jesus came to us, in the love of the Almighty Father to save us from our sins. In such circumstances, we relieve ourselves from all the negativities and odds of life and celebrate the way we are doing. However, for those not liking it, nobody is forcing somebody to join the party. You should understand that it’s been part of Filipino culture and tradition. You cannot do anything but just wait for the noises to stop.