Christmas cheers

THREE days from now, Christians all around the world will celebrate Christmas Day, the birth of Jesus Christ, where families and friends gather in front of the table for some good food and nice drinks.

Philippines, we often claim, celebrates Christmas like no other as the celebration starts as early as September and ends on the first week of January.

That is such a very long celebration!

Strangers have a ready smile for each other; they are more generous than usual in giving cheers to whoever they meet on the

That is why we all look forward to this special day.

But this year’s celebration is hardly a perfect one for the Philippines.

In some Filipino homes, there are no Christmas trees to gather around and find gifts underneath.

No, they do not even have tables and roofs to share with.

For some families in the southern part of the Philippines, the destruction wrought by the recent typhoon Pablo has dampened their Christmas spirit.

In one Christmas party I have attended, a friend from Davao City intimated that the number of people who perished in the recent typhoon Pablo is more than triple from what our authorities have reported in our news.

He went on to tell how a town was practically wiped out, where survivors are literally begging for food, where houses are downed, and where looting seems to be the order of the day.

There are many untold sufferings.

Indeed, Christmas traditions, like family reunions and Christmas parties, are nice and sure to bring cheers, but we cannot help to remind ourselves that thousands of people are still suffering much not only from the damages but also the loss of loved ones.

So as we celebrate Christmas Day, let us not forget to share our blessings and say a special prayer to the victims of the typhoon Pablo in the South.

They also long for Christmas cheers!

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