Sunday, December 4, 2011

December is....

For me, December is:

1. The best season in a year.
2. The happiest month because of series of family affairs, best time to have reunions and the time where we all have parties almost everyday.
3. The busiest season of all. Shopping left and right, traffic jams, Year-end and Christmas Sale everywhere.
4. The new June. Many weddings happens in December.
5. 13th month and Bonus pay out.
6. For Philippines, nice weather. Not too hot, not too cold.
7. Where majority of Pinoys go out to hear mass for "Simbang Gabi". Simbang Gabi is a long time Filipino tradition where people go out early in the morning to attend mass as early as 4am.
8. Season for hot and delicious puto bumbong and bibingka.
9. Season where almost all streets are lighted with different colors and festive designs.
10. People are more generous. Hope Baby J's Ninongs and Ninangs will have gifts for him. hehehe.
11. You will shop for gifts for your friends and love ones.
12. You'll buy a new dress or shoes for yourself.
13. Is the month I can file a long leave and have fun bonding with family.
14. Is where colors where Red, Gold & Green can be seen everywhere.
15. Christmas Carols.
16. Is the season you double or triple your coffee, tea and frappuccino consumption just to get that collectors edition of Starbucks, Coffeebean, Seattle's Best or any Coffee calendar/organizer.
17. Your telephone bill will increase because of txt messages and call you will make especially during the 24th, 25th and 31st. If you get through the UNLI promos of leading telco's, then you're lucky!!!
18. You'll not be too guilty if you eat sweets big time!!!
19. The best reason to skip diet and exercise!!! Yey!
20. You'll attempt to contemplate and think if you have been good, better and wiser before the year ends and will check if you have accomplished at least two from last year's "new years resolution" list.
21. Time to start your NEW "New Year's Resolution List for 2012" ^__^
22. You'll get drunk Big Time from at least one of the many parties you'll attend.  (This one is a BIG NO for me now coz I'm still exclusively breast feeding! ^__^)
23. Is our wedding anniversary month.
24. Is my birth month!!! Yey!!!
25. Above all, December is the time of the year we celebrate CHRISTmas. The day Jesus Christ was born.

I can write and add more but will limit it to 25 reasons...wala lang. kasi Dec. 25 is Christmas. hehehe (babaw!)

Well, December or Christmas season has been so commercialized that sad to admit, majority of us loses the true meaning of the season. Santa Claus seems to be the main character when in fact, it should be JESUS. :-(
As I heard today's preaching from the service at Victory Galleria, it helps me wonder and indeed inspired me to write about the "COLORS OF CHRISTMAS" (that's the title of this month's series). The first color is GREEN which means LIFE. And through God, one can have an abundant LIFE of
1. Healing
2. Growth
3. Freedom and
4. Promises/Heirs
5. Relationships
6. Strenght
Wow!!! Imagine these! Amazing right?

I'm excited to hear the next week's color which is RED.

Also want to share what I found from "The Mom Blog". This is so nice and will try to include this on my daily Bible reading:

How do you keep Christ the center of your Christmas?

Luke 1:26–33
Who told Mary that she would have a baby?

Matt. 1:18–21
Why did Mary and Joseph name the baby “Jesus”?

Luke 2:3–6
Why did Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem before Jesus was born?

Luke 2:7
Why did Mary lay baby Jesus in a manger?

Luke 2:8–11
To whom did the angel announce the Savior’s birth?

Luke 2:12
What was used for a cradle for baby Jesus?

Luke 2:13–14
Who joined the angel in praising God?

Luke 2:15–17
Where did the shepherds go after the angels left?

Matt. 2:1–2
How did the Wise Men know that Jesus had been born?

Matt. 2:7–10
Where did Herod send the Wise Men?

Matt. 2:11
How did the Wise Men show that they knew the young child was the Savior?

Matt. 2:13–15
Why did Joseph take Mary and Jesus to Egypt?

Matt. 5:6
Jesus Christ taught that we will be blessed for seeking righteousness. Spend at least 10 minutes reading scriptures or scripture stories.

Matt. 5:9
Jesus Christ taught that we should be peacemakers. Be a peacemaker in your family by not arguing with others.

Matt. 5:16
Jesus Christ taught that we should be good examples to others. Set an example by choosing the right.

Matt. 5:43–44
Jesus Christ taught that we should love our enemies. In your personal prayers, ask a blessing for someone who has been unkind to you.

Matt. 6:3–4
Jesus Christ taught that we should help other people. Perform a secret act of service for a member of your family.

Matt. 7:7–8
Jesus Christ taught us that our prayers will be answered. Volunteer to say the family prayer.

Matt. 7:12
Jesus Christ taught us to treat others as we would like to be treated. Write a letter to someone who is far away, such as a missionary or grandparent.

Luke 17:12–19
Jesus Christ praised the leper who thanked Him. Write a note or draw a picture to thank your Primary teacher for what he or she has taught you.

Mark 10:13–14
Jesus Christ showed that children are very important to Him. Show your love for a brother, sister, or parent by reading a story to him or her.

Matt. 22:37–39
Jesus Christ taught us to love our neighbors. Work with your family to do something nice for a neighbor.

John 13:34
Jesus Christ told us that we should love one another. Show your love to your parents by helping without being asked.

Isa. 9:6
The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ is a time for joy. Write in your journal the feelings you have for Him.
will take the recommendation of reading the whole Christmas story in Luke 2 on Christmas day.

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