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Simbang Gabi

Essay finalist in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 12 For most people, the word “Christmas” immediately evokes images of warm fires, giant pine trees dressed in multicolored lights, people warmly dressed, streets coated with snow, and snowmen standing at attention, ready for the first snowball fight of the season; at least, that’s how most movies typically depict Christmas. The Philippines, however, is a tropical country with only two seasons a year, the wet and the dry seasons. Therefore, it’s a positively frightening (plus preposterous) thought to have snow during Christmas! Instead, whenever I think of Christmas in...

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Six Simple Ways to Safeguard Your Advent from Secularism

The holiday rush seems to come earlier every year. Our family observes this phenomenon with a mingled sense of amusement and disgust. We share a mutual roll of the eyes at the glittering displays bombarding shoppers from the day after Halloween. Instead of “holiday spirit,” we find ourselves filled with a sense of sickness by the unbridled Christmas commercialism and the flood of Christmas songs on every radio station long before Thanksgiving. Even the premature downtown decorations have lost their charm in our eyes. These attacks on the heart of Christmas are a serious reality during Advent, especially when...

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