It didn’t seem like Christmas. There weren’t too many lights or Christmas trees, and the lanterns looked dim and grim. Children no longer pass by at night playing tambourines and drums, and singing Christmas carols. It looks like one of those ordinary days. The sadness and bleakness of it all, though, is only highlighted and underscored by the fact that it’s five days until Christmas.
I wonder if Christmas forgot about us this year. Too many things have happened over the past few months that maybe we do not have enough to celebrate with, or there’s just no reason to celebrate at all. “Pasko na naman” no longer heralds the coming of the season, but has become a sort of warning. Christmas is that time of the year where we spend bonuses on bills. It’s that time of the year where one’s 13th month pay goes to 13 inaanak‘s. Worse, with all the tragedies and calamities that befell the nation, there is no stable beam on the roof to hang a parol on.
The Scrooge in me goes “Bah, humbug” on every Christmas party I have to attend, but the child in me wonders where Christmas went.