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A Mindfulness Meditative Christmas to One & All

Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let your heart be light Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas Make the Yuletide gay Next year all our troubles will be miles away.

Once again as in olden days Happy golden days of yore Faithful friends who are dear to us Will be near to us, once more.

Someday soon we all will be together If the fates allow Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow.

So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

This is not OPM but I’ve been humming this tune for years. With the short but striking lyrics put together by Ralph Blane and the poignant original music composed by Hugh Martin, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” was “immortalised” by Judy Garland by once rendering it for Margaret O’Brien in front of a teary-eyed live crowd. Since 1943, this song hit the airwaves through various versions from remarkable artists such as Sam Smith, Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublè. Here’s the catch; a classic Christmas song that’s supposed to elicit merrymaking is famous across the globe for making people somehow sad.

Reality check, guys. Christmas is a yearly spell—and it only lasts a month or two the most. Filipinos are more into its noise and hoopla by starting early at the first entry of the ber-months. However, this period doesn’t make any sense if we don’t exactly know what it’s all about. As in, what it’s really all about…

In this December edition of our dG. Ledger (newsletter), I would like to welcome everyone to the Christmas season with all the love, laughter and thanksgiving not primarily for personal glory or family bonding per se but in celebration of Jesus Christ’s birthday—a silently humble nativity scene set on that most awaited night that future Christians of all sects will mark as the best time of the year to splurge on everything. Yes—to splurge. And, I expect you know what it means.

Secondly, I wonder what the other religions are doing during this time of the year. I’m embarrassed that I don’t have any idea whatsoever. Okay. I can probably assume that they have created their own festivities as a tribute to their own spiritual principles. In the Philippines, government and private offices have countered the excuse of worshippers of other religious sects that they are forbidden from attending Christmas Parties. Thus, the term ‘Christmas Party’ was altered to ‘Year-End Party’. Nice adjustment. Commendation to the policy reviewers and specialists.

No offense though but don’t you think taking away Christ from Christmas would pave the way for unity to unfurl over differences? Or, is this just a simple technicality (word modification) that God or Jesus wouldn’t mind? For as long as we know the real value of this party in our hearts, names don’t matter, right?

Hey! This might be a loophole for some atheists to butt in that they can still do good things even without believing in a God. Whoa! Hold your horses!

Too many arguments + a stressful season = Fake Happiness (or Genuine Enlightenment…using another perspective lens)

So, let’s simply solve this the Filipino way—LOL since YOLO. He! He! He! I mean…Ho! Ho! Ho!

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