A time of giving and receiving — not of begging

Posted on December 21, 2010


Nothing’s wrong with a Christmas greeting — except when it’s scribbled at the back of an envelope and left at our doorsteps by people we barely know: postmen, security guards, bill collectors, name them! It’s my mom who slips in the customary “pamasko,” a monetary Christmas gift as understood in the Philippines. If I had my way, I would write them back a note saying, “Merry Christmas, too!”

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving — not of begging. This season, may we recover the true meaning of a gift — something we can wish or even pray for, but is best to be left to the giver in the end. Whatever is given, we should gratefully receive. 

May we not be needy, but generous and grateful people this Christmas season.