The Coming of the Ber
September, October, November, and December. Otherwise known as the months of ”ber.” Usually, it is at this time that people begin to feel the holiday spirit: Christmas carols beginning to be played in the airwaves, the weather starting to get cold, and so on. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but it is also during these months that people find more reason to be happy, or at least find reason to pick their moods up. Why? Because Christmas is coming.
With the exception of those whose religious or personal beliefs do not recognize Christmas, most Filipinos celebrate this joyous event. Over the years, it has been proven time and again that even in the midst of all our country’s problems, the Filipino always finds something to be thankful for. Even for the poor who have no shelter or food, the gift of life is given much thanks and praise. Indeed, this is a country that always finds the “silver lining in every storm cloud.” During the Christmas season, this becomes much more evident, and who can not feel even the slightest tinge of happiness amidst the festive mood in the air? During Christmas time, even when people have no money, there is always something still to be thankful and happy for.
The coming of the months of “ber” is not just about the advent of the Christmas season. It is another opportunity for each one of us to be thankful for whatever we have and to find deep in ourselves the true meaning of contentment. As December draws near, let us all try to rediscover the true meaning and symbolism of Christmas – that no matter the problems in life, there will always be salvation in the end.