Farewell 2010

December 31, 2010.

The last day of the year.

As unbelievable as it may seem, such is the case. And all we can do is live it as best we could.

I would have said, “it seems only yesterday”, but it sounds as if that statement has gone through a lot already and is rather full of scratches and burns and I don’t wanna add to that.

But as is the case, it seems to me that this year, 2010, went by quickly but, definitely, not without a trace. In fact, too much have happened that the list will be too long if I did try to make one – a list which would most certainly include the massive oil spill at the Gulf, the hostage taking at the Quirino Grandstand, and, on a lighter side, the election of the first bachelor president of the Republic of the Philippines, Noynoy Aquino.

All of these events combined to make 2010 rather colorful. And, if I may say so, worth remembering. But as I’ve said, it is the last day of the year. And tonight, at midnight, two things are gonna happen at once: the closing of one colorful year and the opening of a new one.

So, let’s all bid 2010 a joyous farewell and welcome 2011 with an optimistic outlook!

(By the way, I can only hope that when 2011 comes, all of us still have the same physical structure – to mean, no lost fingers and such.)

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Questioning Christmas

Why do you keep Christmas?

If you are one of those people who celebrate Christmas for what it is supposed to be celebrated for, then you’d say that you are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ into this world. But that in itself is questionable enough. We’ll get to that later.

First, we need to set a very important premise: you believe in the Holy Bible. That would be a given if you are celebrating it for the birth of Christ.

If, indeed, you believe in the Bible, doesn’t that mean that you are supposed to follow it and live according to it? However, nowhere in the Bible can we find any instruction telling us to celebrate the birth of Christ.

And, maybe, it is for good reason.

If I have read and understood correctly, God sent his only begotten Son into the earth to save mankind. Which, inevitably, means that Jesus Christ had to come, had to be born, to the earth because man can longer be saved without the Saviour.

Now, if you look more closely, if you are celebrating Christmas for the birth of Christ, then you are inadvertently celebrating the sins and sinfulness of man.

Think about it.

In the Case of Choices

See, if the world ran simply straightforward, there’d not be the existence of choices. Nothing would ever be difficult, no complexities, everything would just lay there in front of you waiting for you to go ahead and move on to the next step.

But, apparently, that’s not how it works. From the beginning of time, if you believe in the story of creation presented in the Bible, man was presented with choices. According to the story, a certain serpent made Eve decide to partake of the fruit of knowledge. That is easily the first wrong choice man made.

There was that time when we only had simply things at hand – we only had to choose which candy to buy, what game to play this time, which toys to play with. But, then again, we all had to grow up from that stage. Then, somewhere, sometime, somehow, someone tries to talk in front of you speaking of all those things about choices! Then, that person would also try to warn you about not making the wrong ones and sometimes would cite his experiences and speak of the repercussions of the so-called “bad choices” that that person ever made!

That’s when you start thinking about them and try to start looking at the possibilities even if you are really just seeing them in your very own personal inner mind theatre. But that period comes to pass, like a seven-day wonder. You only get to go back to them when the time comes when you are actually standing in front of a forked road in the so-called “crossroads of life”. Then, you suddenly wish that either for everything to go back to the time when everything was simple enough or for time to stretch for you so you get to have more time to think about everything.

What if Adam and Eve never had a bite of that fruit? What if there was not the deceitful serpent? What if they simply chose to bask in the glory and richness that was the Garden of Eden? Maybe, we’d never have to go through these things. Maybe, we would all be in the Garden of Eden simply enjoying the splendour that is right in front of us.

The Story of Christmas

According to Wikipedia,

Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The date is not known to be the actual birthday of Jesus, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived, the date of the winter solstice on the ancient Roman calendar, or one of various ancient winter festivals. Christmas is central to the Christmas and holiday season, and in Christianity marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days.

But according to other literature, Christmas, the way it is celebrated these days, is a rather twisted tale. It tells us that Christmas actually originated from the ancient pagan feasts. The church was already getting worried about the number of followers because a lot of people were attending pagan worship celebrations because they were festive and, therefore, attractive. This pushed the church to set Christmas on around the date of this pagan celebration to try to stop people from becoming pagans. Also, according to the story set in the Bible, Jesus Christ couldn’t have been born on winter because of the setting of the environment given in the tale – sheep staying outside in the night.

Now, this should put Christmas in a rather controversial position. Or so I think.

According to the Roman Catholic Church, a lot of people today are already forgetting the “true spirit” of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ. They are saying that people are turning to Santa Claus as the star of Christmas and this is absolutely wrong because it should be Jesus. Then again, Christmas have become too commercialized and I can fairly well say that a lot of business establishments are looking forward to this date due to the sheer amount of possible income from the decors to the gifts.

Now seeing as this isn’t actually the birth date of Christ and we are celebrating something that originated from the wrong things, how exactly should this date be approached?

Though, apparently, these days, a lot of things are very much uncertain. Maybe, the best thing we can all do is take a step back and try to look at things from every possible perspective and decide whether or not what we are doing is really something that we should be doing.