Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Of An OFW

I'm sure that by this time, many Mommies are now busy preparing their last minute shopping list for their "noche buena recipes" as well as their long list of families, friends and god children who will be the recipient of their gifts for Christmas.  There's no doubt that Christmas is the happiest season of the year and there's no better way to celebrate it other than having a Christmas dinner with your family especially with your kids.  Opening Christmas presents from our loved ones beneath the Christmas tree is truly a happy feeling that couldn't be trade in for anything else in this world. Christmas is for family.  As we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us not forget that a family is the perfect gift that we had received from God.

As you maybe aware, I won't be home this Christmas.  It was my choice, as I prefer to be home next March for some very important reasons.  I was home last October for my vacation and a one week vacation to Bangkok was my Christmas gift to my two kids.  We had a blast! From this very moment, I can still recall their happy faces when we explore the city of Bangkok.  I could still figure out the sparkle in their eyes while we visit the various attractions and shopping malls around the area.  We really had fun and swear to be back again for another vacation.

Now that Christmas is just around the corner, I couldn't help wiping the tears in my eyes as I would be celebrating alone on a cold December.  There will no noche buena, no gifts to open and no Christmas songs to hear.  I would be working on those days and spend Christmas just like another ordinary day.  I am staying in a Buddhist country and Christmas is not being celebrated here, not at all.

How would I celebrate Christmas?  Perhaps just like any other typical OFW.  Attend to work, make myself busy so as not to entertain any sad thoughts.  I will celebrate Christmas right here in my heart where Christ and my family resides.  I will celebrate Christmas with happy thoughts that one day, I would be reaping all the fruits of my labor.  One day, I will be home and will celebrate every occasion with my loved ones.  

For now, I will just content myself hearing their voice over the phone,wishing them well and hoping that we could be together next Christmas.

As parents, we have choices to make and that is to assure our children of a bright future.  To give them the best that life could offer and to make them realize the value of hard work.  The best gift that I could give to myself is knowing that my kids are happy and comfortable and seeing them growing up to be responsible, God fearing and loving individuals.

For me, it's priceless....

26 comments:

Allan said...

That is one of the hardest part of being an OFW. You cannot just go home on special occassions. I know your family understood that.

reese said...

one of the pains of an OFW, when the happiest season is to be celebrated by the whole family an OFW is away from her loved ones
i know you can cope and survive this one

Aileen said...

You remind me of those times when my dad was also an OFW...it's hard during these celebrations to be missing someone...harder still for the one who has to be away. Merry Christmas sis and may you find joy even when you're far away from the ones you love. They are never far from your heart

Mys Laguitao said...

I miss my cousins. All working so hard and far away to provide for their family. Reading something like this makes me sympathize with you and appreciate what I have even more.

Pinay Ricamora said...

Christmas is for the family, but sometimes we are torn if I would be with my husband and kid or with my Mom who is far away!

Pinay Ricamora said...

It is important not to lose the reason why you are working abroad! I know it is for the bright future for the kids... I am sure that all parents want the best for their kids!

aby ♥ said...

i can feel your sadness. your sacrifice is worth it. its for your family.. :)

Icahbanjarmasin said...

Happy Christmas 4 all..from INDONESIA with smile.

Dominique Goh said...

Being together with family is indeed precious. I'm sure your kids will love to see you again in MArch.

Mommy Maye said...

Aw... Though I am not far from my family, I can feel your pain. Don't worry, your sacrifices will never be wasted. I can see how you raise your children well even if you are away. For that, I admire you.

Merry Christmas!

max said...

its sad to be alone when the family are together every christmas, i have OFW cousins who feel the same

sanna said...

Your kids will miss you too. But they will know that you are a great mom because you will do the difficult things just to give them the best life.

Maan Laxa said...

Like the others above, I admire you for sacrificing a lot for your children's future. I truly wish you happiness this Christmas. :-)

Lady Anne Abit said...

I feel you! It's my 4th Christmas away from home, it gets harder every year! Hopefully, I can spend the holidays in the Philippines next year.

Olga said...

Somehow I still feel a bit of your sadness though you are trying so hard to be positive about everything. I admire your strength and your willingness to sacrifice so much for your children. Have a blessed Christmas! I do wish you'd be blessed tremendously so you won't have to spend another holiday away from your loved ones.

venessapaula1@gmail.com said...

I truly salute you. OFWs are the veins of our country actually. Wishing you the best. I bet your kids will grow up well and truly proud of their mom's sacrifices

tondo girl said...

same here. i will not be with my family this Christmas. I will miss my Paskong Pinoy back home.

Michelle Villarta-Cabanas said...

As I mother and an ex-OFW, I know the pain of being away from your children. But I'm sure they are bright children and they know the reason why you're far from them and i'm sure they're even more proud of you for being strong for them. :-)

Jellybelly said...

That you're doing this for your children's future must give you some comfort. Hopefully you'll be home next Christmas.

January said...

I hope you will still have a Merry Christmas even though you're away from home.

Rosemarie/Gven-Rose said...

I can relate.. my Nanay once an OFW celebrating Christmas is kinda sad.. now, that she is home for good we always celebrate Christmas with the whole family

anne lei said...

Merry Christmas to you and to other OFWs around the world. Though your far away from your family, I know they pray for safety and good health.

Farida said...

OFWs are considered the modern day heroes because of the many sacrifices they do for their families!

Adventures on Planet Mom said...

It's sad but thank God for technology. We can do skype or video conferencing now so you don't have to feel that lonely.

Cintamuni said...

Im sure youll be alright. Have yourself a merry little christmas anyway!

Jhari said...

I totally feel what you're upto lately. I've been away from home for almost 2 years now. And that means 2 holidays. I cried the other day after talking to my parents on the phone. But today, for Christmas Eve, we talked over skype and I'm really thankful for the gift of technology. I hope you feel much better now sis. Happy New Year!

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