In this episode, the Today on Campus barkadahan talks about Christmas traditions that we all appreciate as Pinoys. What do these traditions show about our values as a nation?
TRADIOLOGY – study of traditions
PASKOLOGY – branch of tradiology that deals with Pinoy Christmas traditions backed up by observations
TOP 5 PINOY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
This season is a very challenging situation to celebrate Christmas because of the physical limitations, all the more for people who have been in unfortunate circumstances. How can they celebrate? I’m excited with the idea of missing these things that make us feel the Christmas season (e.g. caroling, exchange gift, etc.). This thought got me thinking, how can we still celebrate Christmas even without depending on all these things, even amidst the challenging situation we are in? This season is an opportunity to highlight the true essence of Christmas.
The “tunay na diwa ng Pasko” is not about traditions. It is about the event that happened. It is about the Savior being sent to us. That message – that we can celebrate in the middle of the crisis, is exactly the message of our faith which says that there is a reason to celebrate because God is in control and He came to save.
Although we love the traditions, it is ironic that the disappearance of these traditions robs us of the joy of Christmas. How can we celebrate Christmas when it is anchored on these things that can disappear? The lesson we can learn from our current season is that the joy and spirit of Christmas is not dependent on our experience and our feelings. We should know the fact that the joy of Christmas comes not from the traditions and not based on what we feel. The joy of Christmas should come from the truth that during the first Christmas, the reason to celebrate was already set on stone when someone came to this world to show the love of God to us.
We celebrate the celebration instead of celebrating the Celebrant.
“Anong sama man ng PAST MO, dahil kay Jesus pwede kang mag-celebrate ng PASKO.”
It is a time to have a different way of celebrating Christmas. If we know the WHY and the WHO, the HOW will follow. It may look different, but the spirit is the same because the message of God did not change – which is He loves us and He came to bring us back to Him.
We are not cancelling traditions, we all agree that traditions add joy to our celebration of Christmas. However, we will experience its true joy when we realize where these traditions come from. Experience the joy of Christmas first hand by knowing the message and what happened on the first day of Christmas day. Let the joy of Christmas overflow in our hearts so we can also pass on this joy and hope to others.
Today on Campus is hosted by Dave Estrera and Jello de los Reyes. In this episode, the hosts are joined by Daryll Reyes and Renjo Almario.
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