11.17.2013

Sleeping Through November


The house remains bare of anything Christmas.

The walls white with specks of dust and empty promises; cobwebs hanging in random corners with their own story to tell; the breeze mysteriously creeping indoors through half-opened jalousie windows. The air a little colder; the cold as defined by the Philippine weather; the cold not cold enough to make me want to wrap even a thin blanket around myself. And yet it is November. Or at least my calendar tells me so.

In my country, the Christmas season begins in September. The sunny tropics is unmindful of the magical transition from summer to fall in the western world; I can only take a peek of it through Facebook pictures and the blogs of those who get to bathe in those autumn leaves. Not even Halloween and Thanksgiving are part of the Filipino culture, although some are free to join the fun should they wish to do so; and All Saints’ Day isn’t even a time for celebration. All that we look forward to during these months is Christmas. But here we are in mid-November and my senses have not awakened from their August slumber.

“You should hang these,” my mom told me as she showed me two of the medium-sized lanterns she bought recently. I smiled at her gesture of finally letting the Christmas Spirit enter our home. But the smile did not last; it was slowly washed away by the bittersweet realization that things are never the same.



Originally posted at http://www.teckler.com/en/Irenewrites/Sleeping-Through-November-173761

29 comments:

  1. Irene, so touching... especially the last line that Christmas would never be the same... I have different reasons but Christmas will never be the same for me again either.... maybe we can make it better one day....:-)

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  2. So lovely. It's a shame we don't get to experience fall around this part of the world. And Halloween is a lot less exciting here in Singapore. That's why at this time of the year all I look forward to is Christmas. Hope you have a good one :)

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  3. Life finds its own reasons to live and flourish. Wish for good things to happen, all your wishes will come true... in time.Here is wishing you a visit from the Santa. You may hear a chime just as you are about to fall asleep :)

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  4. I can understand they can never bee the same again, but life would make the reasons for the beautiful moments again, despite how hard it is sometimes to imagine or visualise it at some particular moment. Hug:)

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  5. Very well written Irene. Good luck to you. Hope for the best.

    xoxo
    Janika

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  6. I love Christmas but only for a couple of weeks. I get tired of things so easily.

    /Avy

    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

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  7. Things will never be the same again for a lot of people. My heart goes out to them. Take Care sweet Irene. Love and hugs to you. Glad your family is all safe.

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  8. Those last line rings my heart, of course, not everyone gets to share the joy of festivity.... I only hope for recovery

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  9. Christmas is a beautiful festival but it differs to people to people in the way they celebrate.

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  10. I have a hard time believing Christmas is at the door already. It's a beautiful time of the year but for some, depending on our memories and past, it can be a painful time. May God help you see the beauty of Christmas Miracle Irene. Stay well and may soon you find peace.
    marie

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  11. loving your story as usual. and i jst cnt believe that Christmas is just around the corner, then New Year is approaching. another year will come & 2013 will be memories :"(

    x
    sartob

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  12. Christmas--and other meaningful events--has a way of changing with time. It's not the same for me, either, for other reasons. I also remember living in a warmer climate where it just didn't feel like holidays to me. Makes me appreciate winter more now. :) I hope you will be able to find the joy in the season. Thanks for stopping by my site!

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  13. lovely :)

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  14. This was so beautifully written!
    And I know what you mean about your calendar having to tell you that it's November because it sure feels like we've only just begun 2013!

    Hayfa
    www.londonloafers.com

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  15. Beautiful images that complement your words perfectly !!!

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  16. Some say... every cloud has a silver lining... I hope next year will be much better...

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  17. Beautiful and touching. It can be hard to get into the Christmas spirit when you're going through hard times. I hope things get better!

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  18. it's pretty much the same in Indonesia. when some parts of the world covered in pretty colors of changing leaves, we still get the heat - right before the rainy season come. but despite all that, this is a beautiful place too, isn't it? i hope you're feeling better.

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  19. nice pics!
    thanks for stopping by the other day ;)

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  20. Lovely post, Very nice blog you have :)

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  21. I hope this Christmas will bring something special for you :) Nice to hear the fact that Christmas starts earlier at your place :)

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  22. I always love your written. Lucky you, you can feel the earlier Christmas, I really love Christmas.

    Chic Swank

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  23. Beautiful writing. I have always loved Christmas, but as I've gotten older I have found there to be something bittersweet about it too. Maybe it's just part of growing up. xx

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  24. dear Irene, things are never the same and MUST not remain the same! Change is the motto of nature and there is a promise of new foliage in the fallen leaves. The weather may become very cold during Christmas time but the candles we light then remind us to be warm within.
    -Portia

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  25. You write beautiful, I wish I can write like you c:
    I hope you are doing alright as I read you are from the
    Philippines! Have a wonderful early Christmas! Xx

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  26. great post dear.. ^^
    Btw would u mind to follow each other?
    missdjoen.blogspot.com

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