I so love Christmas… the happiest time of the year! Christmas tree, decors, “cold” weather, carols, gifts, bibingka, Christmas parties, Christmas bonus, Noche Buena. I love everything about Christmas, except one -- Christmas Shopping!
I despise it! Especially, because it’s too difficult for me to shop for gifts for women. Obviously, not for my girlfriend, but for my inaanak, sisters, mom, and lola. I even remember 2 years ago, I was still in SM Makati 20 minutes before their closing time, on the 24th of December, buying a gift for my lola! That was literally a last minute shopping! And, I had the biggest smile in the world when my last gift was wrapped with ribbon and placed under the tree!
This year, Christmas shopping was a breeze. I beat my personal record, and finished my Christmas shopping by December 21th. Yes, I finished it all 4 days before Christmas. Mission Accomplished!
But ironically, I’m not ecstatic. It feels different, so different! Of course, I’m glad I’ve finished my annual shopping chores. But it’s just so damn weird that I finished it early. And it feels sad. So sad.
I miss braving the crowd of Glorietta and Megamall to find those last minute perfect gifts on the 23rd and 24th of December. I miss analyzing for days the best gifts to give to these women. And most of all… I miss the persons who should be receiving the gifts. The 2 persons that I lost this year. My mom and my lola.
But life goes on. It’s Noche Buena on the 24th! Sadly, there are now two empty seats in our dining area. 10 less gifts under the tree. Two less persons in the family portrait. Two less laughter and voices on Christmas eve.
But hey… I shouldn’t be sad. It’s still Christmas! And guess what…. while we are having our intimate Noche Buena at home, they are having an even grander party up there with the celebrant himself. Awesome! And of course... I should be happy for the 2nd life, and that I'm still celebrating Noche Buena with my family.
Have a blessed Christmas!