Few more days from now, it’s Christmas again – another tough moment for me and for those spending the holidays far away from home. This year, I’ll be on-duty, a regular 12-hour shift the same thing I had back in 2009. It’s quite a challenge to beat this supposed to be “family day” especially in a world where Christmas doesn’t exist at all. But this should not stop us from celebrating the season because for me, we can find the true meaning of Christmas, wherever.
Last year, it’s so fortunate that I had my annual vacation in time for the holidays. I spent the season of course with my family, relatives and close friends. Spending the season with people close to your heart is truly unmatched. I had the traditional simbang gabi, putu-bungbong along the street, and even the “libreng tsaa” still exists. I also had to beat the Christmas rush, traffic, endless shopping for gifts for my “inaanak” and dine out with friends while listening to those non-stop Christmas medley. I would be missing the children’s carolling and of course the “noche buena” with the whole family – things and moments that I enjoy every season but of course not this year.
The excitement of being in a foreign place isn’t so great especially during the holidays. But there are countless ways to make the season as happier and meaningful where you can still have at least the same spirit even you’re miles away. Each individual may have unique ways of spending the holidays the same way I have which I’ve been doing for the past years of being away on Christmas. This time, I have listed down some stuff that could help me spend the holidays far from home.Read More