Can you feel the Christmas spirit?

Not really. I just felt it when we went to Divisoria last weekend. Saturday and Sunday mornings, we were at Tutuban and 168 Malls. We bought gifts for relatives and friends already. That is the only time I felt its already Christmas because there are so many people around doing their Christmas shopping. But other than that, wala.

I just feel sad because you cannot feel the old Christmas spirit anymore. Those times we were kids when shopping was not really important. Caroling was the main focus of kids, eagerly awaiting December 16th. I miss the old times when Christmas decorations did not consist of huge, expensive “parols” bought from Pampanga or Gilmore Street but of a simple parol made of papel de Hapon. Christmas is so commercialized nowadays. If you don’t have enough money, your Christmas is doomed. That’s the idea injected in our minds.

I noticed that in our neighborhood, only 3 houses, including ours, put up Christmas lights and parol. How sad no? When before, after November 2, decorations are in full swing already. Now, it’s already December 3 and yet people are not yet in the Christmas mood.

Ask them why and only one answer will they give you…

Wala kasing pera.

Didn’t they know that with or without money we can all celebrate Christmas? It need not be an expensive celebration. We just have to go back to basic and celebrate it because of the Lord. A simple parol will do. It need not be an expensive one. Banderitas will do. And some Christmas songs blasting from the neighbor’s radio will do the trick.

Wait, come to think of it, do you hear Christmas songs being played on the radio?

Come on, let’s start spreading the Christmas spirit. It’s 22 days before Christmas… can you suggest ways we can celebrate Christmas even without much money involved?

24 comments

  • Dami mo ng pera Sash, mag enjoy ka sa mall, go shopping girl. 😉

    Btw, about tagging, no pressure Sash. Ok din na di mo na gawin, just give me smile lang.

  • kakalungkot nga ano?there`s always lacking..
    pwede ka na yatang maging santa claus ng bayan ngayon?haha!

    offline din ako for 3 days,She,kaya naghahabol,hehe.

    Have a great week ahead din!
    hugss!

  • Sasha, I have a post about that thought too.

    Every year, I always say that Christmas seem more difficult than the other year. Now this seems truer than before. Hay, I feel sad, even we are not in the Christmas-sy mood yet. It is not the expenses but the prevailing mood around us. Parang spreading virus yata.

    Hope you will have a great week, Shasha :)

  • Oops, sorry about the spelling of your name, have kasi a student named Shasha (Elysha) :(

  • I think it’s just new set of people…more busy, and less money.

    I’m not for decorations, but I do Hannukkah. It’s fun.

  • rHo

    mas lalo naman dito sa paligid amin… parang di ko pa feel ang christmas pero sa loob ng bahay namin, laging masaya… kaya araw-araw pasko! nyahahaha!

  • Merry Christmas! We set up our chrismas decors a month ago.

  • MeL

    Medyo na-fifeel ko pa lang ang Xmas dito sa Manila bukod sa malamig tuwing gabi. Hehe. Pero I agree na maraming ways para ma-feel at ma-celebrate natin ang Christmas kahit walang masyadong pera at mga dekorasyong nakasabit. For me, as long as kasama ko this Xmas ang family ko at mga mahal sa buhay, ok na sa akin yun. :)

  • Can’t really feel the Christmas spirit. In Malaysia the hype isn’t that great yet unlike Pinas.

    But I’m hoping to feel it soon!

    (:

  • lalo na dito sis, walang ka spi-spirit…I understand, ibang lahi sila :)
    Patugtugin mo na lang yung kanta ng apo “tuloy na tuloy pa rin ang pasko” :)

  • how sad talaga. 1 FM radio here they played xmas music since Nov. 1st … i have been listening ever since. :-) . i listened also sa mga tagalog pero ‘to nga halos iiyak na, lalo wala ang asawa ko sa pasko … sa Pinas siya mag xmas & new year.

  • ann

    Naririnig ko yang 168 na yan kay MIL lagi. Isasama raw nya ako ryan pag-uwi namin. Mall ba yan?

  • Uy nakapag-DV ka na pala at 168. mabuti ka pa, pero mahirap talaga Xmas ngayon. sa haus nga wala pang decors wala kasi laging tao, sa gabi lang nagsisiuwian.

    ***
    binyagan mo na opis namin, mare. sayang kung naabutan lang nina ate nalen at kuya doms noh?

    ***
    celebrating Xmas without much money involve?
    yung mga old toys ni ponks cguro sa Jollibee ang bagsak nu’n tapos yung mga old clothes and books naman baka sa charity.

    tapos mg X’mas decors na gagawin out of recycled materials, di ba tipid. hehehe

  • well, nagpapatugtog na rin ako dito sa office kahit mahina lang hehe…

    dadaan na naman ang paskong kupas wheewww

  • The only reason I celebrate Christmas is to honor it as a Catholic celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Otherwise, it’s all a bunch of commercialism to me. But that won’t stop me from buying gifts to a dozen people I don’t like or care about.

  • pam

    well, me..hindi pa gano..maybe because i miss my relatives. haha. gusto ko na silang makita. xD

    kami, simple lang lagi ang celebration. di ganong magarbo. hehe. basta we’re together, check na yun. take care. :)

  • kami we have minimal to no christmas decors these past years kasi tinatamad kami hehehe. pero ngayon kumpleto, lights on the window, the tree, wreaths, etc, kasi mapilit ang kids. after all, christmas is for the children :)

  • The past is way livelier than now since people tend to focus on other stuff rather than the true meaning of Christmas

  • FT

    sis!

    20days na nga lang xmas na! dati-rati dyaan sa atin eh ramdam na pagpatak ng ber…

    d2 lang kami sa bahay magccelebrate..secret lng pagcelebrate d2. 😀 kalungkot…actually nung august pa ako nagpatugtog ng xmas songs para kako pagdating ng xmas di na ako malulungkot. bka magwebcam ako sa xmas..kita tau.

  • She,Thurs pa lang tom,haha! diba?ako tuloy ang nalito :)

    marami akong meetings this friday,wala munang lakwatsa,hehe..

  • sarap nang may DSL ano?one to sawa hanggang gabi :)

    have a good sleep,She! Ill see you later!
    muahh!hugggss!

  • ahh,oo nga,kasi,Thurs na ngayon as in midnight na ganon?hehe,nangulit din dito :)

  • Aw She, i feel you.

    Not a single house in my hood has a Christmas tree, not even ours (yet!) It’s pissing me off because I couldn’t put it up yet, magiging issue lang between me and the mister..traditional sila masyado…this coming weekend pa lang pwede mag decorate.

    anyway, I agree with you, that Christmas isn’t about decors or gifts…but still, those are the images associated with it…mahirap burahin sa isip ng tao.

    kung ang mga world leaders din sana marunong i celebrate ang totoong Christmas, hindi malungkot around..you know what i mean?

  • Maayong pasko!!
    :-) ang lamig lamig kagabi :-)