Courtesy of soulahh
My good friend Mae Paner, aka Juana Change, has come up with a new video for Christmas 2011 which celebrates the joys, hopes, wishes, heartbreaks, longings, sacrifices and the altogether diluted (but still perpetually positive) innocence of children and the youth, all wrapped up in the spiriit of the holiday season.
Take the time to watch the 8-minute video above to absorb a slightly more different take on Christmas straight from the mouth of babes (and tweens as well). Back in the day, mine was simpler, more routine (albeit engagingly monotonous in a way), but significantly special because of lesser complexities and stress-inducing variables in life that make each December 25 worth looking forward to.
Nowadays, with all the advancements and evolutions in our so-called lives, things have become either high-tech blessings in disguise or low-level indices of happiness in its truest sense. Sure, we have nearly done away with the staple (and hand-flipped) Hallmark Christmas Cards and replaced them with Facebook messages or e-cards for quicker sending of greetings and what-have-you. But at the same time, the complete loss of physical contact (especially for families subdivided by the need to work abroad) and the ever-growing animosity between family members have led a lot of individuals to just go through the motions of uttering a holiday greeting and wrapping gifts that are more mandatory than well thought-of.
Be that as it may, it is never hard to propel ourselves back to the more essential nuances of Christmas. Aside from remembering that it is – first and foremost – the birthday of Jesus Christ, let us take the time and effort to reach out, express a more sincere disposition and become a heartfelt blessing to someone else for a change. It doesn’t matter if the recipient is a loved one, a friend, a mere acquaintance or a complete stranger. The act doesn’t always have to earn brownie points. Because deep inside, the real reward awaits. It can be plain happiness for some, and it could also be life-altering for the rest.
Let me take the opportunity to greet all of you, my dear readers, a most meaningful Christmas.