There’s truly one meaningful, straightforward question that is hanging on the vine as all Christians worldwide, irrespective of nationality, race, color and culture, ready-up to embrace, share and celebrate the meaning and the spirits of Christmas, and yes, New Year.
Among them are the thousands of thousands Overseas Filipinos who, by now, throng the various international airports all over the world to take their flights heading home. And yes, all of them plan to give their loved-ones a touch and scent of luxury this Yuletide Season.
Certainly, those who are moneyed will plan to luxuriate their Yuletide Season celebration as this period of the year enables them to billboard their status and advertise their net worth, and there’s truly all manner of stuff at hand to do it: Say, spend a week with loved-ones in Turks & Caicos, or in the Maldives. Slip into the hot-pool and swim with pleasure for glorious fun and health. Then, be served with mouth-watering Italian and French gourmet with crisp linens, fine bone China, fresh flowers from the garden while posting every single thing about this event on Facebook and Instagram! But, is it really about money? Well, yes! And certainly, No. Money can buy quality and craftsmanship and service: There is luxury in the rooms of breathtaking beauty, of rare finds in the forms of vintage and antique collections, generous swags of fabric and joyful garden baths, flawless crystals and supple leathers.
But then, there are people, too, who would rather opt to do something with the quality of experience beyond the grasp of money. About the experience of a thing like the memory of a nap with someone special in the nest of fine dried grass on the farm; with the afternoon sun dappling warmly through the branches of Acacia or Balete tree while enjoying a friendly talk with old-friends never chatted ‘in blood and flesh’ for so many years. Or perhaps, just looking for the time to think! Time to be with yourself. Time to be with your family. Much more, time to do nothing. Just to find a way to translate whatever moments we claim for ourselves into luxurious experiences.
And as the spirits of the Yuletide Season fully engulf us, it is truly a luxury to clearly understand that each day is really all we can count on. That we need to learn what it means to take nothing for granted — neither the durability of love, nor the resilience of health nor the real meaning of happiness.
And the best idea to luxuriously celebrate this Christmas, and yes, New Year? Well, make the most of what you have and what you get. And there is no other way to make it more luxurious but to share your time, most of all your love, and just be thankful for the love.
(J. Nava Cruz, an OFW, is a freelance writer/documentarist and a published book author in the Philippines. Presently, he’s working on the nitty-gritty of his ‘Quo Vadis, Filipinos?’ documentary script and book journal.)
PARTNERS FOR CHANGE. Undersecretary Joel B.Maglunsod and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac, together International Labor Affairs Bureau OIC Director Mary Sol D. Dela Cruz, meet with the group of repatriated workers from Saudi Arabia who sought assistance in claiming their unpaid wages and benefits from their employers.
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