It's now 12.03 a.m. of December 26. The gifts have been opened, the food eaten, the gatherings finished. I could no longer hear merrymaking in the neighborhood. Everyone is probably asleep. Christmas is over, although according to the Catholic Church, Christmas lasts until the Feast of the Epiphany in January. Anyway, following the calendar, Christmas is over, and I think this merits a post-Christmas reflection.
This is my first Christmas as a yuppie. It felt good receiving that 13th month pay and Christmas bonus and shopping for gifts for my family and friends. It's empowering to know that the fruits of my labor are stored in something called a bank account, and more fruits will be added there as long as I spend wisely.
Compared to last year's, this Christmas is happier for me. I did not have much emotional baggage, unlike in the previous year. As the holidays were approaching and the weather got chillier, I did not feel a cold Christmas coming, but one that is filled with optimism and hope for better days ahead.
Maybe it's because I'm already working and I feel that I'm in control of my life that's why I'm filled with so much positive energy. I no longer want to dwell on sad and painful experiences. I've let most of them go, and I'm here, ready to take on the future. I'm looking forward to next year, and who knows what good things 2010 has in store for me?