These days, I see people doing their personal countdowns, leading to the biggest occasion that people look forward to this December (more important than my birthday on the same month, of course).
Is Christmas really just for the kids? It's one very debatable argument. Being in my twenties, I often hear about people comparing Christmas to when one was a kid, and now that they have grown and live with a professional career. Still, people shouldn't detach themselves from the core message that has always been imparted to everyone during this holiday: giving and sharing.
Dusit Thani had its third annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The theme this year centered on children as the hope for the future. The Christmas trees in the lobby of the hotel were created by the students of different schools, using diverse recycled materials. Making this annual tradition more meaningful this season, Dusit Thani will award a prize money to the beneficiary of the Christmas tree which garners the most votes this year.
Parents and students were present, all awaiting for the grand tree lighting ceremony. Dusit Thani's General Manager Prateek Kumar gave a wonderful opening remarks about the yearly tradition and how it has evolved through the years. "The Bag Hag" Ingrid Go, who was christened with her first hosting gig, was in support of the Christmas tree by his sons' school, Everest Academy Manila. Choirs from the different schools sang Chritmas carols throughout the entire event.
Taking a walk around the lobby, I saw how each tree exhibited its own touch of whimsy, artistry, and fun.
Chance encounter, I was able to see lifestyle columnist Bum Tenorio during the event. He was in support of the Divine Healer Academy's Christmas tree entitled, "Puno Ng Pangarap". The red tree is made of bamboo twigs sticked together into stars, with Christmas balls made of organic materials. As Bum narrated to me, if the school wins the prize money of the competition, hundreds of students from the school will be given to opportunity to continue with their education.
You may read on Bum Tenorio's touching article on the students of Divine Healer Academy on his column: http://www.philstar.com/allure/2012-11-18/867848/‘puno-ng-pangarap’
To vote for your choice Christmas tree, here are the mechanics.
It's not December yet but I already feel Christmas in the air from the sparkling lights, cool breeze in the morning, and the constant playing of Christmas songs everywhere. I don't need any subtle reminder as I know that November is ending and December is fast approaching. After my birthday during the first week of December, I look forward to spending the Christmas holiday with families and friends. Still, I hope everyone remembers to share and give as much as they can to people or families in need so that they may also enjoy a very Merry Christmas.