In fact, the Belen had been the center of attraction in Christmas decorations during my childhood days. I can’t forget that moment when Tatay Doroy brought home a simple cardboard Belen that we had to assemble together.
Times, however, seems to have changed.
Today, one would not miss the Christmas tree complete with lights, glittering Christmas balls, and the gifts beneath it in almost every home. Santa Claus is also a permanent fixture in many homes. But not the Belen.
Oops, it seems we’re also guilty of this lament, not because we forgot. The set we kept was already damaged and when I had the time to do some Christmas shopping, it was already hours before Christmas Eve.
To make up, I am sharing this YouTube video produced by the children of St. Paul’s Church on the Christmas story that I found thanks to Istorya.net:
- Christmas Eve 2011: The Best Yet (inbetweencolumns.wordpress.com)
- Jesus, the failed Messiah? By Fr. Shay Cullen (hronlineph.com)
- Why I Believe in Santa Claus (markamerica.com)
- Stories behind some Christmas traditions (seattlepi.com)
- The History of Christmas (islamgreatreligion.wordpress.com)
- Christmas Reflections (kittypalmer.wordpress.com)
- A Christmas Carol Got Christmas Wrong (manonmona.wordpress.com)
- Christmas is for everyone, even atheists (atheistdave.wordpress.com)