Romans 10:13: I was driving to work this morning and saw a minivan with a message scrawled on its window. I can't remember exactly what it was, but it was a scripture saying that he who calls on the name of the lord will be saved. My first thought was "wow, crazy religious type". Then I thought about it some more and realized "why not celebrate your faith? you have every right to!" Here in the U.S., I think society tends to be too P.C. Especially when it comes to religion. However, people seems to think it's okay to air their dirty laundry (think daytime talk shows, etc.) and celebrate their identities ("I'm gay/bi/black/white/asian/etc and I'm proud of it!"). But when it comes to religion, people tend to keep quiet. Which is not to say it's either good or bad. But to me, it should be okay to celebrate your faith.
It's later and I'm home now. Got out of work early at 1:30 pm. Nothing much going on. Just getting ready for dinner tonight. We're spending Christmas eve in NJ, and then Christmas day in Queens. Although if we can swing it, I'd like to surprise my folks at home in Queens and maybe go there tonight. I miss Christmas in the Philippines. When I still lived there, Christmas was so much fun. We would go to my lola's house in Marikina and have a blast. Me and my 25+ other cousins would play, my titos/titas would gossip and gamble, we would light fireworks (kinda like a mini-New Years), eat food (though back when I was little, I wasn't into eating and had to be forced to eat), go to midnight mass, and then there was distribution of presents. Someone would serve as the MC and read off each present. After everyone received all of his/her presents, there would be a MASSIVE gift-opening fest. So much fun. I still remember those times. Which is why Christmas here in the U.S. seems very tame compared to what I remember. A few guests, a few relatives, and entirely waay too quiet. Not to mention too cold sometimes (weather-wise).
This Christmas, I have 2 aunts and 2 cousins from the Philippines celebrating with us, which is great. Then on the 27th, we'll have a pseudo-post-Christmas/early New Year's celebration at my other aunt's house in NJ. Still, I look back fondly at the Christmases of long ago. I'm thankgul that even though my family is geographically far away from each other, we still celebrate Christmas with each other in spirit.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE! EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY, AND BE SAFE!