By Leslie Ann Aquino
Godparents usually give their “inaanak” gifts or money on Christmas Day as “pamasko”.
But a Catholic prelate reminded children who would be visiting their “ninong” or “ninang” on the said day that their godparents blessing is more than enough as this is what they should really seek.
“On Christmas day, the real aginaldo that you ask for is your Ninongs’ and Ninangs’ blessing (mano po),” Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said in a Facebook post.
“If they give you anything else, say ‘Thank you po’, but don’t forget to tell them that their blessing is more than enough. Iyun ang tunay na diwa ng pamamasko,” he added.
In the past, Fr. Carmelo Arada of the Manila Archdiocese’s Commission on Liturgy said the thinking that godchildren should seek their godparents during Christmas to ask for gifts should be corrected.
“It is as if the essence of the relationship with a godparent and a godchild is gift giving only during Christmas. The godparent must journey with their godchild for that person to be a good Christian, a good person,” he said that time.
Christmas, Arada said is also a time for reconnecting ties with loved ones and not just gift giving.
“We have to correct, through formation, that idea that you go to a person to gain something from the individual,” he said.
“It’s a way of reconnecting ties, rekindling relationships…I hope our primary reason for visiting them (godparents) is not to ask for gifts but to rekindle relationship,” added Arada.
That’s why, he said the best gift that godparents can give to their godchildren this Christmas is not material gift rather guidance.
“They are second parents to their godchildren, so the real role (the real gift and lasting gift) to their godchildren is to guide them in their lives,” Arada said.
“That’s also the reason why many godchildren go to their godparents to seek advice. That is the best gift that they can give,” he added.