Christmas is fast approaching and at a time when a lot of our fellow countrymen still seem to be down in the dumps and financially not stable, a lot of people are not feeling the Christmas spirit. Some have even refused to celebrate because they feel the pressure to spend for a feast, gifts, and what not. However, Dr. Paolo Bellosillo believes that Christmas is so much more than that.
Doc Pao believes that Christmas should be a time where we commemorate the greatest gift of God to mankind, the birth of our Lord. After all, this is the epitome of love and generosity that has been given to us by God to share to those who have less. This should remind us that instead of spending on ourselves for a feast and getting extravagant gifts, we should be sharing to our sisters and brothers who are less fortunate than us. Christmas should be about the real meaning and reason for giving, it should be about how Christmas completes you as a person and finding a sense of purpose.
A Christmas feast is something that need not be extravagant; being together as a family or with friends should be more important than what you actually have on the table. Temperance is key. We are what we eat and as much as we love to eat, we need to ensure everything is in moderation.
For the Filipino, Christmas is the best holiday during the year. It starts in September and ends in February. However, disasters have struck the Philippines for several years now during Christmas season and amidst the despair and death, this country has survived together and moved forward as one nation. Doc Pao wishes that instead of seeing these disasters as a tragedy, we should feel blessed that God allowed us to conquer storm surges, quakes, and sieges. It takes a lot to break a spirit but thankfully, the Filipino spirit is not easy to break. We are a loving race and we have heaps of charity, love, service, and humanity.
This Christmas, Doc Pao will be sharing his blessings by providing food for the hungry, water for the thirsty, and medicine for the sick. He also plans to visit the Lord and have a dialogue with him. Lastly, he will be with his family enjoying a family meal cooked healthily so he won’t need to to worry about having an attack and visiting an emergency room on Christmas eve. Sounds like a plan to me.