Dear CFC USA Family:

Through the years, Christmas time has always been my favorite time of the year.

As a young child, I was excited for Santa Claus (aka Daddy Jet and Mommy Myrna), the board game gifts from Ninang (Godmother) Pacita, the new, crisp, good smelling Christmas money from Ninong (Godfather) Nestor and many more gifts.

As a youth, I was mesmerized by the Christmas decors at the Jets home and the COD display in Cubao, the Christmas music (Johnny Mathis’ Winter Wonderland and Ray Conniff’s Jolly Old St. Nicholas) and festive lights everywhere.

As a teen, it meant Christmas vacation and fun times caroling from door to door, Kris Kringle and parties left and right with friends.

As a young, single adult, it was Noche Buena (puto bumbong, kakanin), the gatherings and reunions with close family members, long lost relatives and friends.

As a newly married husband, it was the shopping for the perfect gifts and best deals for my loved ones in my long Gift List.

As a married Dad, it was my turn playing Santa Claus to my daughters, excited to see them open their gifts and more gifts…

All these reasons are great reasons to be excited about Christmas, because the season is about fun, family, merriment and…LOVE. Yes, LOVE that came down from Heaven. LOVE that took human form. LOVE that was born in a humble manger with barn animals and shepherds as its first visitors. Through the years, it became clearer that the reason for the season is LOVE spelled J-E-S-U-S. True God and True Man. Word made flesh.
May these seasons of Advent and Christmas prepare us to open our hearts and hands to respond to LOVE by loving more God and neighbor and putting MAS (more) of CHRIST this CHRISTMAS and beyond.

Finally, let me be one of the very first to greet you, my beloved CFC USA brothers and sisters in Christ a most Blessed Christmas and a 2016 filled with God’s love, peace and joy!

In Christ through Mary,

Bro. Toffee Jeturian

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