Part of the typical Christmas celebration in the Philippines is visiting the house of relatives to spend the occasion with them. Our observance of Christmas this year is far different from the traditionalÂ one for we spend the day at the wake of my cousin Cecil. Kids may be present at the place but they were quiet most of the time. There was no Yamaha Recorders to fill the house with music. It was a very sad Christmas Day not only for us but for my aunt and uncle who lost a daughter four days before Christmas.