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You know that it is already Christmas when you hear carolers outside your house singing Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and all other famous Christmas songs known to mankind. I like caroling, I used to sing with the gang every night after school to raise fund for our small Christmas party. It's fun and you get to know the generous and not so generous people around the neighborhood. And no matter how big or small amount we receive from them (even if we receive none), we always end the caroling with the song "Thank you, thank you, ang babait ninyo (you're so kind), thank you!"
As the years go by, more and more carolers are forgetting that the real spirit of caroling is to renounce through songs that Our Savior is born. And that the essence of Christ being born is selfless giving and unconditional love.
I am not the Grinch who will steal Christmas. I love the Yuletide season, as a matter of fact, but carolers are starting to annoy me. Just tonight, I had several gangs of carolers and I discovered that they are actually one group but they decided to split up and pretended not to know each other so that they can raise more money. Clever, aren't they? I am more clever than them. After noticing their scheme, I talked to the leader and scolded them that what they are doing is not right. The kids went away after hearing a brief sermon. I hope they will not do it anymore.
Thank goodness they did not ran away while singing "Thank you, thank you, ang babarat ninyo (you're so cheap), thank you!"