Celebrate in a different way
We asked the stars: Why should we celebrate Christmas this year after a string of disasters in the country?
We should continue to celebrate Christmas because it’s the birth of Christ. Let’s not be lavish about the celebration though. No expensive gift-giving; a simple dinner with the whole family and with friends would be wonderful.
GLAIZA DE CASTRO
It’s our tradition to celebrate. However, this year, we can mark the occasion in a different way—by focusing on the people who need more “gifts.” Other artists are doing just that through benefit concerts, gift-giving and other charity events. That would also help us … alleviate distress and remind us all that we’re still blessed.
Of course, we need to celebrate Christmas. The holiday spirit will give our people hope and encouragement to be positive. We cannot expect an extravagant celebration but simple reunions of families, relatives and friends should push through. These gatherings will remind us to inspire each other and believe that indeed tomorrow is another day.
For me, the true symbol of Christmas isn’t Santa Claus flying with his reindeer but the image of Jesus in a manger. We should all do well to remember that. We shouldn’t bring our spirits down even with the recent tragedies, but instead uplift it especially for the victims. One should not feel guilty if he is happy. He’d feel happier if he shares what he has with his fellowmen.
Yes, we all have to deal with the tragedies, but we don’t have to stop celebrating Christmas because of it. The manner of celebrating Christmas may not be as frivolous as usual, but Christmas continues, especially for the children. It’s sad if they’d end up as the collateral damage of the disasters. Us grown-ups, let’s spend our extra resources by giving it to the less fortunate. Bayani San Diego Jr. and Marinel R. Cruz
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