***Note : This post is related to Mitch's I heart the 'ber' months.
Okay, so it's SEPTEMBER! The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was I greeted my roomate a chirpy, resounding
Oh no, not actually resounding. I'm not that feisty early in the morning. But sure I made an effort to let everyone know that today is the official start of the yuletide season.
Yes. And I'm not exaggerating!
I'll bet my paycheck for this month (just kidding) if you won't hear the radio stations playing ♫ silver bells... silver bells...♫ OR ♫ you better watch out... you better not cry...♫. And you better watch out for those colorful, twinkling christmas lights flooding the streets and dandy christmas trees everywhere.
We are all excited about christmas, aren't we?
I'm excited too! It's my favorite time of the year, apart from my birthday of course. I'm excited about the parties, gift-giving, the midnight shopping and all those nonstop trip to the mall coz you forgot to buy someone a gift or you're looking for that perfect dress. It's chaotic but fun. And this year, I swear (like I always do in the past) that I'm gonna buy presents earlier to avoid the rush. I have 10 godchildren and it requires a huge amount of time to figure which one's for whom. The body size, shoe size, what do they like, male of female, etc, etc... Trust me, I've gone into considering these aspects when buying gifts.
Reminder to SELF : Have a LIST. It's a must!
I've been wanting to complete the Misa de Gallo. Here's a small trivia : Misa de Gallo is a nine-day dawn masses that start on December 16. This novena of masses is very important to us Filipinos. It's sacrificial on the part of the church-goer coz the mass starts at 4AM. In some parishes they would have it as early as 3AM. Going to church this early, for nine consecutive days meant to show your devotion and faith in God, as well as to heighten anticipation for the nativity of Christ. Popular belief has it that once the devotee is able to complete the nine days, his/her special wish will be granted. So be sure to make a wish on the first day and stop being a sleepy head on the following 8 days.
When I was in high school and college, I could easily complete the Misa de Gallo. But when I started working, I could hardly keep up at getting up early and trying hard not to fall asleep at the workplace. That's what I meant by sacrificial.
Hopefully this year I will be able to complete it. There's a sense of fulfillment in there and a bit of nostalgia when I try to remember the good old days when I used to do it with my family.
So, Merry Christmas everyone!