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Photos during the Light a Tree Christmas Festivities at Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, Philippines
12 Poems (Haiku) for the 12 Days of Christmas
Christmas time is near...
Love in the air warms cold hearts....
Smiles are now all free!
Looking at the stars
Listening to Christmas songs
I remember home.
Angels fell in love
With the child of a virgin.
They sung him praises.
He was born in a manger
He died for our sins.
Lantherns lit the streets
Christmas carols fills the air
Joy is all around.
Mistletoes in place..
The Christmas tree standing tall
Thank God for our home.
Ignore the price tags
We don't need expensive gifts
God is all we need.
You're the Lamb of God
You're the Perfect Sacrifice
I don't deserve You...
There are souls starving
Hungry to know their purpose...
Show them what love is.
There's someone out there
Who needs food, clothing, and time...
Go out and reach out!
Dear God, I'm thankful
That you healed my broken heart
Before Christmas ends.
Don't stop giving love
On December 26
Everyday share love.
An explanation to the tradition of displaying Christmas Lanterns and singing Christmas Carols
When you start seeing lanterns displayed and started hearing songs about a holy night, a red-nosed reindeer, and silver bells, you know that it's Christmas time once again. But why many countries around the world announce the arrival of the yuletide season through the tradition of lanterns and carols? In my opinion, it is a homage to the way the announcement of the birth of Jesus was told in the bible.
The following verses are taken from the Book of Luke (Chapter 2:13-15):
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
In the above verses, we can see that angels singing praises announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds. The angels sung the first Christmas song and this is what we continue now.
On the other hand, in Matthew 2:1-2 we can read that the wise men from the east were led by a star to Jerusalem where a new king was born. All the lights and lantern decoration we are seeing now, is a homage to the star which led the wise men to the young Jesus.
However, the beat of the modern music and the vibrant colors of the modern designs have taken much of our attention away from Jesus. We can observe that most of the Christmas songs we hear now are no longer about Jesus. We have songs about a snowman, bells, reindeer, and other pop culture icons. The Christmas Lanterns had also evolved with the times and comes in different shapes and sizes. As we use our creativity and artistry to give more color to the holidays, let us not forget the true reason for the season.
I hope the 12 haikus was able to describe what Christmas is all about.Remember always Jesus. He was a prince but he gave up his seat in heaven for while so that he can live on earth and take the punishment meant for us. That is LOVE. So this Christmas, share the LOVE!
God bless us all!
© 2018 Paul Balagtas
Paul Balagtas (author) from Philippines on August 11, 2019:
Thanks Taro...But be excited first for Christmas 2019... :)
Taro on August 11, 2019:
Great collection of Haikus. Makes me excited about Christmas 2020.
Paul Balagtas (author) from Philippines on November 26, 2018:
Thanks Mark for the comment. The peace,generosity, and joy should be seen daily....
Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on November 26, 2018:
Nice group of poems. You ended it perfectly.
Paul Balagtas (author) from Philippines on November 25, 2018:
Thanks Ms. Susan and advance Merry Christmas to you as well....
Susan SJ on November 25, 2018:
This is beautiful. Merry Christmas in advance :)