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“Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled! Joyful, all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem!” (Charles Wesley)

Most people from all walks of life from Christian nations know the Christmas song “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. Charles Wesley, the brother of a famous English preacher and father of Methodist Church, John Wesley wrote the lyrics. As I hear and listen to this song in private, I imagined an orchestra consisting of hundreds of angels playing different musical instruments such as strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussions. The joy on their faces reflect the glory that comes from the newborn baby, with adoration and veneration to the King of Kings.

They are all dressed in gleaming white linen surrounded by stunning brightness with flickering reflections of rainbow colours coming from precious stones such as amethyst, ruby, topaz, beryl and the unique deep blue colour of lapis lazuli. Their voices permeate to one’s soul which brings comfort, joy, assurance and hope for those who are still on earth. The sound of their voices releases denseness that makes one float in the air defying the natural law of gravity towards the earth. Soft music that releases heavy burdens into nothingness.

The time of celebration is here once again. Putting up and decorating our Christmas trees, lighting extravagant lanterns with dancing lights, buying all sorts of Christmas decorations and attending endless Christmas parties. Christmas plants and flowers bring so much beauty in this joyful month of celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. No one really knows the exact date of the birth of Jesus Christ, scholars believed He was born in Spring. Some of the favourite plants to celebrate the most awaited date of the year are: poinsettia having both bright red and green leaves (flowers are leaves on the plant); holly is the green plant with pointed leaves and red berries which represents the everlasting life of Jesus Christ; chestnut is an edible nut which develops within a bristly case which may be roasted or boiled and Blue Ridge fir is the most common tree used for Christmas decorations. We all know that the true meaning of Christmas is more about Jesus and less of the presents, gifts, bonuses and holiday shopping sprees, although, now as we know it, it seems to be the other way around.

Christmas in London

There are so many things I missed the first time I celebrated Christmas By Gilda Pineda Dionela away from home. As I walked along the pavement, I missed the fabulous Christmas lanterns that lined on the major roads and streets in the Philippines. My favourite “bibingka at puto bungbong” (a selection of Filipino rice cakes) were nowhere to be found. Not to mention missing my family. It was Christmas, and it must be a joyful time. Everyone whose families is away knows what I mean, and I don’t have to rub it in. One thing I missed almost every day is the sunshine. Daytime seemed elusive and tantalizing during the season. Nevertheless, I refused to look for things myself couldn’t find in London but enjoy what was here for me to appreciate. God knows our location every second of each day because He has a purpose for us.

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