Saturday, December 4, 2010

CHRISTmas Countdown 04: Christmas Tree

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Many homes and commercial buildings in the Philippines put up a Christmas tree soon after the All Saints Day/Halloween celebrations (around November 3), and leave it up until the 6th of January. I usually do so,but this time of the year,I was a little late. We have just put up our barely decorated Christmas tree today, so our living room will have a touch of Christmas during the visit of my friends Tess, Raffy and Ate Margo.

Decorating a Christmas tree (an evergreen coniferous artificial tree we have for years ) is part of our family Christmas traditions. We make sure that having the Christmas tree in our living room will help us feel the true meaning of Christmas by just looking at it. We hope that the Christmas lights and the Star(from the Nativity) atop of the Christmas tree will make us remember that the lights and star represent Jesus Christ,the Light that will brighten our home.

This year, I added another decoration which I didn't have to buy - the holiday cards I have received and kept in drawers over the years! Well,not only was I able to make a good use of the holiday cards in a whole new way,but I also was able to make the Christmas tree more centered in Jesus Christ!

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