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....