Celebrating Christmas (Naga City Metropolitan Cathedral)

Yesterday was Christmas Day and it was all about fun, love, food, lights, family, togetherness and the best gift ever- Jesus! We spent it in a simple way and we were happy with it as long as we spend it together.

We didn’t forget to go to church on Christmas Day. We went to Naga City Metropolitan Cathedral as we know San Francisco Church will be so full.NAGA CATHEDRAL 4NAGA CATHEDRAL 6

This is how it looks on the outside:NAGA CATHEDRAL 7NAGA CITY CATHEDRAL 1

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So when we got home, I greeted everyone on Facebook with a picture saying “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Someone asked me yesterday that if Jesus is the reason, then why did Santa Claus become the center of Christmas? And things like why do we even have a snowman decor when Jesus wasn’t even born during winter? And proceeded to say how it is a Western influenced fake tradition, etc. etc. He probably asked this because it is what he sees everywhere and I also don’t agree about how Christmas has been turned into a commercialized and secularized tradition that most people have lost the meaning of it. I mean, why do we really celebrate Christmas? We celebrate it because when Jesus Christ was born, we were SAVED from eternal damnation because no amount of good works can wash away all our sins to make us acceptable in the eyes of God. This is the reason why we rejoice and “give  love on Christmas Day.”

So, what if Jesus wasn’t exactly born on December 25? What if we like to eat, drink and be merry this season? Or what if we make our kids believe in Santa to get them to be nice? That doesn’t make us bad people. That doesn’t exactly put us in the same category as terrorists now, does it?  But to say that we shouldn’t celebrate Christmas at all and calling people who celebrate it as gullible fools is overstepping the bounds. For the record, we do have free will. And we should all use it to however we see fit. You may not celebrate the season but really you cannot judge those who do. We should all be tolerant of each other’s differences because if we can’t be tolerant and respectful of other’s beliefs, we’d all be terrorists. And it’s not nice to call others gullible or fools just because their set of beliefs is different from your own. Remember, your truth is not the only truth. Who knows if what you know to be the truth is even the truth? Confucius said that “To know that you know what you know and that you do not know what you do not know. That is true wisdom.”

That said, I will continue to celebrate Christmas the way I want, and not the way other people think I should do it. Ho ho ho!

 

 

 

Published by Frances Roxas

My name is Frances Roxas, a certified Bicolana - born and bred. I have a degree in Journalism but I did not pursue a career in writing since life offered me instead jobs in government service. I settled with what felt comfortable and secure instead of reaching for a higher goal that might have taken me on a completely different path. Eventually, I plan to write more and find more avenues to showcase my love for writing and for self expression. Every life is a journey and I believe that there is always an opportunity and the time to do what we love and what makes us happy.

18 thoughts on “Celebrating Christmas (Naga City Metropolitan Cathedral)

  1. I suppose there is a lot of wobble room in how we all celebrate. To me the important thing is the object of our celebration. Jesus. I know that in my head anyway. It is too easy for me to celebrate “ME” in the getting and giving of gifts. It’s hard not to make it about me.

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    1. I know what you mean Gary, we tend to think a lot about what gifts to give and receive during the season, but the important thing is we know why we celebrate and to not be too caught up in all that commercialism surrounding Christmas. So hard to do though.

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  2. My children asked me about why we celebrate the birth of Jesus in the wintertime and I gave them the entire spiel about early, early Christian missionaries trying to help pagans transition from, well, paganism, to worshiping Christ. Since their already were celebrations during the winter solstice to celebrate the end of darkness and the return of the light and hope, joy and peace, it just seemed like an easy step to take. Christ IS the light of the world, after all. And His birth did bring light and hope to the world. Who cares when you celebrate goodness and light, right? Just celebrate it and spread it! 🙂 (I can’t remember where I heard that so I have no official source or anything.) Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks a lot for this wonderful insight Anna! I appreciate it. And I will also share this with people who are trying to pour cold water on the excitement we, and especially the children, may feel during Christmas. I think it’s really important that we celebrate the birth of Christ and we can do it simply or grandiosely as long as we are not losing the true meaning of why we celebrate. Merry Christmas!

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    1. I know right? I used to be like that when I was working and staying in Manila. Every December, I would bring two heavy bagfuls of gifts for my office mates/friends on each arm that I wrapped the night before till 2am! It was crazy.

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  3. You speak truth My Bicol Blog: yes Christian celebrate Christmas because of Jesus! A time to show love to all, a time to give, a time to laught, eat, and celebrate life, because God love us and did not let our souls stay in Hell, but He gave the best gift ever, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. He sent Light into the world, Jesus is that Light. Jesus said: “I am the light of the world: he who followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life”. (St. John 8:12). So we celebrate our love to God for the great things that He has done. ***jewelsforthesoul.blog***

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  4. Happy New Year! Thanks for following my blog! The Philippines, nice! I’ve never been to the Philippines, but I once had a Filipino friend. (Unfortunately we lost contact). I do remember one thing she introduced me to: Halo Halo! I hope you find my blog encouraging! I’ll check in on yours too, as I get the opportunity to do so.

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