In Mexico it is of huge importance but shadowed by the bigger event, the Virgin of Guadalupe Day that just proceeds Christmas. That is the day the Mexicans celebrate their faith along with their culture and it is impressive.
For Furthur, thanks to our crew member Sam, Christmas in Coron has taken on a more Christ like mode, that of giving back. Last year Sam arranged for us to visit an impoverished family with eight kids who lost their meager home and most belongings in the typhoon. We brought clothing, food and building materials and helped them rebuild their home. The personal rewards for this gift were astonishing- i found the true meaning of Christmas.
A few days before Christmas i arrived at Puerto Del Sol and was warmly greeted by many old friends. I was asked to play music at the neighboring resort, Al Faro, for Christmas Eve. We had a great time with a group from all around the world, some even danced to my music. The next day was a busy one for the dive cente. i joined them as a dive guide leading three dives. My holiday dinner was two ham sandwiches i brought along, eating them under warm sun between dives was a proverbial feast. I was given a group from Sweden who had not penetrated a wreck and were a bit apprehensive, the plan was for me to take them on the outside of the ship if they were not comfortable. When we reached the opening i motioned to see if they wanted to enter and they did, we took it slow and easy, not going to deep into the ship. They surfaced ecstatic over the dive and the next one we went farther into the ship. On the surface they were all so happy as was i for sharing that great experience.
So ended my sixth Christmas away from home and all the traditions i loved and so ended my first Christmas thought i would be alone. The people i shared the day with are new friends, always a blessing. The gifts of this Christmas were the best ever, the joy of helping friends, sharing the music i love and opening new windows into the world of diving for great people. After two days of diving and a great party i crawled into my bed a blessed man, sincerely wishing, Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night.