|Yanthy ready to open book number 25 |
on Christmas Day.
So, on the day before Christmas, we prepared our simple version of a Birthday Feast for the Birthday Boy, Jesus. We went to Mass on Christmas Eve. Yanthy (our eldest son) opened book number 24 in our Christmas countdown and read the prayer for Christmas. We lighted the candle on Jesus' Birthday cake, sang Him a Birthday Song and Yanthy blew on the candle. We feasted on the food that we prepared and opened our gifts to each other.
|Jesus' Birthday Cake|
|My parents with their grandsons.|
The following day, after eating some more of what was left from our Noche Buena and resting a bit, we went out of the house excited to begin a new Christmas tradition for our family. We have prepared some brown bags which we stuffed with some goodies for the street kids that we will see that day on the road. This was inspired by our common experience whenever we travel and our car is approached by beggars in the streets. I thought that instead of giving them coins when they go to our car on Christmas day, I suggested to my husband that we prepare brown bags for them.
My husband and eldest son liked
the idea and so we prepared and packed our brown bags. We decided to put food that won’t easily spoil
so it’s up to the kid if he/she will eat it right away or not. We packed a juice drink, cookies and some
sweets. We also put a stampita or a
picture of Jesus/Holy Family inside the brown bag to remind these kids that
these are from God and that it’s Jesus’ Birthday. I told them that since we are preparing a
Birthday Feast for Jesus, might as well prepare “loot bags” for kids who are
close to His Heart, the poor kids on the streets. I told our eldest son that it’s like showing
love to Jesus and being kind to the Boy Jesus Himself when we do these acts of
kindness to the street kids who most of the time go hungry. Our eldest son must have been so inspired
that when a family friend gave him money as his gift (or aguinaldo), he said that he will give his money to the street kids
who will knock on our window. That made
me one very happy and proud mom. At four
years old, he was generous enough to empty his pocket (literally) for the poor. I hope and pray he would not lose that virtue
of generosity and self-sacrifice until he grows older.
|"Loot bags" from Jesus' Birthday Party.|
We drove along Katipunan towards White Plains and Green Meadows area and saw some beggars/street kids on the road. At first I thought, we would not find street kids easily. I was surprised when as we started giving away to the first few street kids that we saw, more street kids rushed to our car window and begged for bags of goodies. The brown bags we packed were wiped out in minutes. I thought deep inside that we should prepare more brown bags next Christmas so we could bless more street kids.
|Posing in front of Meralco theater.|
|My boys enjoying the carousel ride at Eastwood City, Libis.|
|The giant Nativity scene at Meralco Paskuhan Village, Ortigas.|
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given... And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6