Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas spirit

Wondering why it's not really Christmas here in my blog? It is because Zürich does not make me feel so christmasy. Above is a picture of the Christmas lights along Zürich's Bahnhofstrasse, the main shopping street. You will ask probably what those ugly fluorescent lights are doing hanging up above the street. Well, those are the Christmas lights. The futuristic, space age variety.

There is not so much Christmas spirit here. At least not the kind that we have in the Philippines. Here, I really feel that Christmas is purely materialistic. The whole idea is just to rush to buy presents.

I really miss Christmas in the Philippines. I miss the noche buena, our family reunions, laughter all around, the Christmas lanterns, Christmas carols, the children singing....hayyyy....who would have thought I will miss the sound of children singing jingle bells and silent night out of tune? "Thank you, thank you, thank you very much, thank you! " or "Thank you, thank you, ang babarat ninyo, thank you!" (you are so greedy, thank you)

A few more days and I will be home! The good thing is I am sure there will be enough Christmas spirit left for me to enjoy!

3 comments :

e-souled said...

Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts: the gift of God to man—his Son; and the gift of man to God—when we first give ourselves to God.
Vance Havner

What can I give him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give him—
Give my heart.
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)

A Blessed New Year to you Cath!

Cathy said...

Esouled,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cathy

Joy B. Lojo said...

Hi Catha,

I hope you don't mind if I call you "Catha". I'm kind of used to it?

I know what you mean. I, together with my husband spent Christmas here in the US with my parents and brother and his wife. I missed the Christmas carols being sung by children, other Christmas stuff and the celebration "pinoy style". Well, I just want you to know that you're not alone.

Happy New Year to you and your family! Regards to Anselme! Hope to see you one day!

Joy Barachina-Lojo

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