Christmas celebration in the Philippines is so far the longest, the joyous and the most memorable occasion. We Filipinos always look forward to the coming of the Christmas season as this is the season of hope, love, charity and forgiveness and of course togetherness between and among members of the family. When I was young we had a very simple celebration in our humble home. Poor as we are but I cherish the togetherness that we had as we partake the very simple food that we share in celebration of the occasion. When I had a family of my own, we celebrate Christmas together with my wife and two children. I always look up to the occasion with gusto as this is also the birthday of our eldest child Kristie Mae. We had our Noche Buena together after the midnight mass and ate together the food prepared for the occasion. For the last Christmases we do the same routine not until Christmas of 2016. My eldest daughter was not with us anymore as she was already working in New Zealand. When I overheard Jose Marie Chan singing the song "My idea of a perfect Christmas is to spend it with you.", my mood just changed and I could feel the emptiness knowing our eldest daughter is not around anymore to celebrate Christmas and her birthday with us. Christmas is not anymore perfect for me from that time onward. This 2017 Christmas I already come to realize and conditioned myself that we can not have with us our children forever. Soon they will live us as they have a life of their own to live. So, to the parents out there cherish every second that you have with your children while they are still with you. Keep an eye on my site so you don’t miss the beautiful mind.
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