It is always been said that Christmas is always meant for children. And Christmas is always time for kids to prove to their mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, and grandparents that they were good. Santa Claus would always know who's naughty and nice.
However, life is difficult nowadays since everything is expensive. Not all people can have the best Christmas dinner of ham, spaghetti, fruit salad, cakes and all trappings of a traditional family meal. Petty thieves, pickpockets, drug addicts, and street children roam the streets for fast money.
They hijack the Christmas tradition of caroling just to earn money for something they need -- not food but a volatile substance called rugby. Sometimes they go for shabu if they managed to earn enough money. Some of these kids give their money to their parents for their own personal benefits while some are honest to goodness helping them survive the day. Many of them are putting themselves in danger because they risk themselves getting hit by cars and trucks. Holding on the railings of a jeepney is dangerous too. Other than that, they are also exposed to the harsh elements -- the sweltering heat and the noxious pollution.
For their part, its not easy to ask for money. As they always say, its better to ask for money than stealing. In my book, its still stealing because they are not providing service in return. Besides, no one asked them to sing for us with their beatbox and rap medley of "Christmas" songs. Its really "sirang plaka."
Some of them have the guts to say that "we don't have the heart because we don't give them money for their needs." We work hard everyday to earn money and they just ask for it as easy as that? I don't think so. I would prefer giving some of my hard earn money to an old or handicapped mendicant than to an addicted kid or a menacing kleptomaniac.
Do you still believe in the spirit of Christmas when some punks hijack the spirit just to scare the crap of ordinary people just doing about their business?
It's your choice...these carolers are more persistent that you give them money, not just one peso but atleast five pesos. Sometimes they seat beside you with their menacing look or innocent eyes. Once you give in to their demands, they keep continuing it once the Christmas is all over. On the other hand, some scums go to house to house to "carol" but they are really doing their reconnaissance work by checking out which household they want to steal something.
I'm no Ebenezer Scrooge but I say "humbug" to them!