CHRISTMAS SEASON IN SEPTEMBER

SHARE THE TRUTH

 3,303 total views

In the Philippines the Christmas Season begins during the “ber” months — months that end in “ber” — therefore, from SeptemBER to DecemBER. All these start as early as September 1, extending until the Feast of the Three Kings, making this the longest Christmas in the world. So, when you hear Jose Mari Chan Christmas songs played on the radio and in the malls, you know that it’s the Christmas season once again.

 

We grew up practicing this tradition but why do Filipinos celebrate Christmas this early? As a sociologist studying this phenomenon, here are some of the reasons I have come to discover:

 

IT HELPS US ANTICIPATE A HORIZON – time moves according to how we anticipate horizons. Anticipating Christmas from the Horizon of the BER-MONTHS allows us to open up to new possibilities in the spirit of HOPE. So what HORIZON does Christmas represent?  Answer: The Eternal God came to earth in the form of a man in order to save His own creation. Emmanuel (God is with Us) — “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; The virgin will conceive, and give birth to a Son, and will call Him Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14) — It’s a word written on countless Christmas cards throughout the centuries and sung in some of our most-loved carols. For those of us who are overburdened by the challenges posed by 2020 (most especially during this COVID-19 Pandemic) our early Christmas Celebration allows hopeful anticipation of a better life because God is with Us! Time flies when you’re having fun thus the anticipation of that Christmas Cheer just makes the remaining days of the year bearable.

 

IT CREATES A SENSE OF URGENCY – like in sports, countdown clocks create a sense of urgency (our 100 days Christmas countdown starts in SeptemBER 16), but it manifests itself in a different way, and the feelings it creates will be dependent upon every individual. In sports, when a team is slightly behind in the waning seconds of the game, their awareness of the time can help focus their energy and instill in them a sense of urgency. In avoiding the “Christmas Rush” our early preparations in the BER-MONTHS allow us to properly PLAN, PREPARE and PRIORITIZE.  Highly productive people take the time to think, plan and set priorities. They work steadily, efficiently and unceasingly and seem to go through enormous amounts of work in the same time period that the average person spends socializing, wasting time and working on low value activities. Having a sense of urgency certainly suggests speed, but it also brings with it a sense of commitment and an attention on what matters most. Too often, people mistake being panicky with being productive; having focus on clear objectives is necessary in order to turn that feeling of wanting to get things done into action that helps complete your Christmas Chores.

 

IT HELPS CALM OUR CHRISTMAS ANXIETIES – Christmas comes with high expectations of seamless, happy and picture-perfect family celebrations and gift giving opportunities, but not all of us are able to live up to these standards. Thus, the Christmas season that was meant to be a time of joy has become for many people a time of stress, anxiety and disappointment. So, by celebrating early the Christmas Season (during the BER-Months) a Filipino becomes proactive in his or her holiday planning that can turn an otherwise stressful Christmas season into an enjoyable and memorable one. Moreover, an awareness of time (during our 100 Day Christmas Countdown) allows us to calm our anxiety and maybe even accomplish a task: Say you know that you’ve got five minutes before the next MRT or LRT train comes, that might give you enough time to send that email you need to deliver. Or, if you’re watching your favorite TV show, you know that you have three minutes to go take a restroom break before it’s back. The “extra time” provided by our long Christmas Season in the end enables us to effectively manage our time, which eventually reduces our Christmas Worries.

 

Finally, IT GIVES US MORE TIME TO DO THE ESSENTIAL THINGS BEFORE CHRISTMAS – being lost in all our Christmas preparations — decorating, food, gift buying, etc. — might result in neglecting the “essentials” of the season. FAITH, FAMILY and FRIENDS must always characterize the Filipino Christmas Season.  Our long Christmas Season allows the faith and family centric Filipino society more time to reunite and be together. It is expected that Filipinos should spend Christmas with their loved ones, often going home to their respective hometowns. With many Filipinos living outside the country as OFWs or as immigrants, as well as those working in other cities (or provinces), the long Christmas season is an eagerness of families sharing time together. Filipinos consider “Being Home for Christmas” intently. Our long Christmas season gives us ample time to arrange how we will be devoting our Christmas holiday, from booking our flights to working overtime to save more money for “Christmas Aguinaldo”. Most of all, our long Christmas Season sets the atmosphere for giving, kindness, and affection for one another that will culminate on the dinner table during the festive Noche Buena on Christmas Eve.

 

In the end, by knowing exactly how much time we have remaining to complete a task, instead of stressing about it, we will be able to better allocate our time. In fact, a 100-day countdown also acts as a secondary motivator and reinforces us Filipinos to complete our Christmas tasks before the big day.

 

————————-oOo——————————

 

For any personal comments or suggestions, you may call 0917-4805585 or email me at [email protected].

Screenshot 2024-04-26 121114
ads
ads
2
3
4
previous arrow
next arrow

Veritas Editorial

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

President of Radio Veritas

Haka-haka lang ang kahirapan?

 5,404 total views

 5,404 total views Mga Kapanalig, ano ang isasagot mo sa tanong na ito ng Social Weather Stations (o SWS): “Saan ninyo ilalagay ang inyong pamilya sa kard na ito: hindi mahirap o mahirap?” Nang huling tinanong ‘yan ng SWS noong Marso, 46% ang nagsabing sila ay “mahirap” habang 23% ang nagsabing silay ay “hindi mahirap”. Ang

Read More »

Maliit na Kabuhayan

 20,289 total views

 20,289 total views Maliit man ang kabuhayan, ito naman ang pinanggagalingan ng yaman ng maraming pamilyang Pilipino. Ang small business, kapanalig, ay karaniwang source of livelihood na natin. Minsan ito na ang main source of income, minsan, side gig lamang ito para may pandagdag pang-gastos. Ang kasabihan na ang maliit ay nakakapuwing ay totoo pagdating sa

Read More »

Technical Vocational Education and Training

 30,528 total views

 30,528 total views Kapanalig, marami sa atin sa technical and vocational education umaasa para magkaroon ng trabaho. Tinatayang umabot sa mahigit pa sa 1.2 million ang technical vocational education and training (tech-voc) graduates at halos isang milyon na rin ang certified skilled workers noong 2023. Ang laking tulong ng tech-voc sa maraming pamilya. Dahil dito, nagkakaroon

Read More »

Paglago ng Artificial Intelligence

 19,304 total views

 19,304 total views Maraming inobasyon at modernong teknolohiya ang nagdadala ng malawakang pagbabago sa job landscape hindi lamang sa Pilipinas, kundi sa buong mundo ngayon. Malaking hamon ito sa mga bansang gaya sa atin na nangangailangan ng mas maraming trabaho at oportunidad para sa maraming mamamayan. Isa ngang halimbawa ngayon ay ang mabilis na paglaganap ng

Read More »

“Climate crisis is a child crisis”

 38,901 total views

 38,901 total views Mga Kapanalig, para maiwasan nang makulob ang ating mga estudyante sa mainit na silid-aralan tuwing Abril at Mayo, ia-adjust na ng Department of Education (o DepEd) ang darating na school year. Ang paparating na school year 2024-2025 ay magsisimula sa July 29 ngayong taon at matatapos sa March 31 ng susunod na taon.

Read More »

Watch Live

catholink
Shadow
truthshop
Shadow

Related Story

Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

AN INSPIRING STORY: DEAR SELF AESTHETIC & WELLNESS CENTER

 4,344 total views

 4,344 total views Each time I encounter an inspiring story, I take the time to share it for two important reasons. First, as means to learn or “benchmark” from it.  This type of story sharing can give us astonishing awareness into taking action and experiencing something that we may never have heard about; and secondly, that

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

CHRISTMAS PARTY PREFERENCE SURVEY

 2,481 total views

 2,481 total views Results on a Filipino’s Christmas Party Preference Survey was just released. This Survey initiated by Radio Veritas uses a stratified random sample of 1,200 respondents nationwide for a +/- 3% margin of error (gathered through a text-based and online data gathering process from an existing database of previous face-to-face on-ground interviews) the following

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

REFLECTIONS IN POETRY

 3,138 total views

 3,138 total views During the last couple of days, I have written some short reflections in poetic form.  As such, I would like to share them with you which I hope can help you in your day-to-day Spiritual Contemplation.   MEASURE SUCCESS not with Gold, But with the Friends within your fold. MEASURE SUCCESS not with

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

RYAN B. ANGELES: A TRIBUTE

 3,287 total views

 3,287 total views 40 Days since the passing of a dear friend, Ryan B. Angeles, it is only now that I found the strength to write this tribute.  I guess the pain of losing a very dear friend and confidant was something that I had to deal with before I could muster the courage to write

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

THE BEATITUDES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

 3,284 total views

 3,284 total views Blessed are those who “think before they click” for they shall be responsible users of social media. Blessed are those who refuse to spread fake news and propaganda for they shall be protectors of truth. Blessed are those who spread God’s Words through social media for they shall be agents of new evangelization.

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

A FILM WORTH WATCHING

 3,143 total views

 3,143 total views As we rekindle the richness of our Catholic Faith when we celebrated our 500th Year of Christianity in the country; Radio Veritas, Radio Veritas Asia and the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines recently held the Special Cinematic Screening of a Historical Documentary Film dubbed as “THE PILGRIM: 500 Years of Catholic Faith

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

THE JOYS OF CHRISTMAS

 3,043 total views

 3,043 total views After almost two years of Virtual Christmas Parties, this week I was invited to attend at least six “Face to Face” Christmas Parties for each of the universities and organizations I belong to.  So besides gaining those extra pounds from eating such sumptuous meals, I started pondering on the underlying motivation of why

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

CHRISTMAS GIFT PREFERENCE SURVEY

 3,215 total views

 3,215 total views Just recently, Radio Veritas (The Flagship Catholic Radio Station in the Philippines) released the results of a survey on the most preferred Gift for Christmas. This Survey uses a stratified random sample of 1,200 respondents nationwide for a +/- 3% margin of error (gathered through a text-based and online data gathering process from

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

DR. VINCENT BALANAG JR. UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL

 3,418 total views

 3,418 total views It was in total anonymity that I met Dr. Vincent M. Balanag Jr. at the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP).  My friend needed a diagnosis for the tumor found in his lungs and so we decided to go for a “walk-in” consultation since I do not personally know any pulmonologist at the

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

LESSONS FROM FR. PASCHAL

 3,189 total views

 3,189 total views Last October 13, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula handed to each of the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila their new assignments after the celebration of the holy Mass held at the Lay Formation Center Chapel in San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex in Guadalupe, Makati City. When asked how the Cardinal chose

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

THE ABCs OF FAITH

 3,054 total views

 3,054 total views Going BACK TO BASICS is stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles; and like in learning the foundational elements of language we too must relearn the ABCs of our Faith. Come to think of it, in our exposure to worldly pleasures, our lives have become so complex and cluttered, that we seem to

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

WEEP YET SMILE

 3,096 total views

 3,096 total views Weep for a nation fooled by its leaders; But Smile for its citizens who flight for the truth. Weep for a nation governed by graft and corruption; But Smile for its citizens on the side of Good Governance. Weep for a nation marred by Political Dynasties; But Smile for its citizens willing to

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

Be critical

 3,074 total views

 3,074 total views Be critical of your social media feed, For it becomes what you post. Be critical of what you post, For it becomes tools of misinformation. Be critical of what you might misinform, For it becomes agents of ideological change. Be critical of ideological change, For it becomes social action. And be critical of

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

AMP UP DANCE CHALLENGE FOR A CAUSE

 2,967 total views

 2,967 total views Is dancing your passion? Your dance moves could be the start of something meaningful. With Nattural Quality Corporation’s (NQC) AMP UP Dance Challenge you can turn your love for dancing into a social advocacy for a charity that helps underprivileged school kids receive educational tools for their blended education during this COVID-19 Health

Read More »
Latest Blog
Bro. Clifford Sorita

ONLINE EDUCATION SURVEY

 3,316 total views

 3,316 total views ONLINE EDUCATION SURVEY This Survey initiated by Radio Veritas uses a stratified sample of 1,200 respondents nationwide for a +/- 3% margin of error (gathered through a text-based and online data gathering process) the following information is indicative of the respondents’ experience of their ongoing online classes, inclusive of the dates covering October

Read More »

Latest Blogs

Scroll to Top