Random thoughts on Christmas and New Year

Happy new year!

Here I am in my room in Baguio with my first post of the year. As always, I spent my Christmas and New Year’s Eve here with my family. We didn’t do anything fancy, we just went to church and had a full feast. That’s how we’ve spent our holidays these past few years, and it’s fun.

This year’s Christmas and New Year feel different. As the priest said at Mass las night, we ought to think of the people who will welcome the new year in more dire circumstances.

First, we have our brothers and sisters in Cagayan De Oro, Iligan, and all the other provinces devastated by typhoon Sendong. Instead of thinking of the holidays, they’re more worried about their survival.

We also ought to remember the families who suffered fires and lost their homes and loved ones these past few days. Perhaps the same could be said of those who lost those dear to them.The same goes to the poor, the homeless and bedridden, and those who had to spend the holidays alone and away from their families and loved ones.

Christmas (and by extension, New Year) not only celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, but also symbolizes the world’s hopes for love, peace, and a prosperous year ahead. This holiday season is also a time of giving and sharing, caring for others. That’s why we go to Christmas Masses together with our families, share Noche Buena and Media Noche meals, spend as much time as we can with them, and give as much as we can to the less fortunate while we’re at it.

I hope 2012 will be a great year for all of us, never mind what the Mayans are saying. This is a great time to start anew and strive for success, whether in our careers, relationships, or other endeavors.

And by “start anew and strive for success,” I mean more places to visit, more restaurants and bars to raid, and more delicious and interesting dishes to dine on. I’ve been so busy I haven’t gone out so much, but I’ll do better this year. And yeah, I’m still hoping to be chosen as the Sooo Pinoy Ultimate Food Blogger this year.

Again, happy new year! Here’s to a great 2012!

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