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Emmie Z. Joaquin, Editor-in-Chief

Merry Christmas to all

greetings.3PEIt’s Christmas time again. Time to enjoy the company of family and special friends who are important to us. It is also the time when everyone, believer or not, openly shows their kindness and compassion, especially for those who are in need. Love, peace, joy and goodwill to all – this seems to be the universal message that makes the Christmas season extra special.

One wonders though, why this universal message appears to have its own start date and expiry date. Once the holiday season begins, many people become more generous, kind and understanding toward others. And yet, once the festive season ends, the majority goes back to the old habits that may or may not be less kind. But then, it is rather challenging to retain this outlook in all situations and toward those who seem to make it their purpose in life to behave in precisely the opposite manner.

One needs a strong character to be able to co-exist with others and still uphold the meaning of the Christmas message of love, peace, joy and goodwill to all.

As I grow older in years and wisdom, I believe that I must continue to learn how to understand and be compassionate to even the most despicable and spiteful. It is good for my health if I wish to live a happy and healthy life. Let us all remember the Golden Rule: “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” Then, maybe we can all enjoy the universal message that Christmas brings.

This Christmas let us all take time out from our busy schedule to appreciate all the good things in our lives and the wonderful people around us. Let us be grateful for friendships that are unconditionally given to us. That’s the best gift of all.

On behalf of my colleagues in the Pilipino Express – Rey-ar Reyes and Paul Morrow – Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat! Merry Christmas!

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