Friday, December 28, 2018

The Aftermath of Blogmas and Festivities


A recap of sorts!

ICYMI, I participated in Blogmas during the first 12 days of the month!


My thoughts about it would be.. it's a lot of fun. :) I'll definitely do it again next year, but I'd probably start planning as early as September. Writing it all in November was good and all, but I know I can plan better. December is truly a busy month, what with people to meet and gifts to buy. 

In a way, doing this Blogmas thing made me reflect on the season. I knew I was going to be drained if I wasn't careful; this goes both ways with budget and time. It's good to keep in mind why we celebrate Christmas, after all. It's also to be expected that people will be bombarding social media with family pictures and all the gifts they received. But to focus entirely on these earthly things can easily lead to comparison and isolation. 

In a way, social media allowed us to share instantly all the things that goes on in our lives, and so in the receiving end, we have our minds that perceive and give meaning to what we see online. And it's different for everyone, depending on their circumstance. I'm fully aware that not everyone is happy on Christmas day, for whatever reason it may be. I have my fair share of always hoping that some day my sister can celebrate Christmas with us. But there are many factors that come in to play, and there are things that simply just have to wait. 

When we focus on what we already have, when we remember Jesus, it gives us peace and joy, knowing that whatever we have right now is a blessing, all given by grace. Looking to Jesus as the truest essence of Christmas. And we have a future that is eternal and secure, which nothing and no one can take away. We can continue to hope. 

 Isaiah 9:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

So I hope dear reader, that whatever your circumstance, there'll always be reason to rejoice. Even if it's the smallest of small things. 

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I'm doing my best to tick off as much bullets as I can on my list of to-do's while on my holiday break. It's a much needed one, as I haven't taken a leave since June. This is my reward for going through all those months depending on weekends and holidays. I hope I won't have to do the same again for next year; it can be tiring. :") unless, another trip comes up God-willing.

One thing for sure though is that I'm going to keep writing and writing until it makes sense. It feels good now to just write because I have time; time to reflect, time to put into words all the thoughts in my head, and time to appreciate everything. 

2 comments

  1. Glad you enjoyed doing Blogmas! It's a huge commitment and it's great to see people finishing it. It's great that you got to reflect the season a bit, especially with thinking about why we celebrate Christmas. We need to reflect on the good and realize that everyone might not be on the same boat. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas. Happy new year!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. I know that festivities are over already, but still: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! <3 Blogmas was fun; I'll most probably do it again this year

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