It was a Sunday and it was supposed to be our bonding time with two of my dearest friends. We planned to watch a movie that day but then something came up in their schedules so it ended up with me going solo window shopping and drinking coffee at our favorite coffee shop.
Upon arriving at the mall, nature welcomed me with their refreshing colors of red, green, and yellow. The mall was having this Plant and Garden Fair right outside the entrance. So I did not waste any second to capture the beautiful shades of nature. Flowers like poinsettia flooded the area. This flower is also called "Christmas Flower" because they bloom in December. It is popular in red color although there are a variety of colors of this kind.
I was also attracted to this tiny christmas-tree-like plant. Just perfect for the season. As we all know, one of the Christmas symbols every home never misses is the "Christmas Tree". The pine tree, unfortunately, does not grow much here in the Philippines except for the colder areas like Baguio City and Tagaytay. In replacement for the real one, we opt for a plastic pine tree instead. But to some who are creative enough to use our local resources, settles to have a unique, native Christmas Tree.
Others may go for Bonsai Tree to have a more Asian feel. But to countries that have winter season, plants and trees that remained green all year have a special meaning for them.
As my eyes wandered around, I noticed two baskets filled with some kind of a hairy fruit. Rambutan is in season nowadays and it is very timely for this kind of weather. It is said that this fruit is high in Vitamin C, which we all know can counter common colds. The seller allowed anybody to have a taste of it first to reassure the customers of its sweetness. Red is the typical color of rambutan although it could also be in yellow and orange.
Inside the mall, vibrant colors of red, green, and yellow were all over the place. People were very busy buying gifts, availing the holiday bargains, and enjoying the company of their loved ones. There is no denying that the holiday season is here.
But why the colors red, green, and yellow? Is it because of the red poinsettia or rambutan? Or perhaps the green pine tree with yellow ornaments around it? Santa wears red.. Even Rudolph's nose is red! Do these colors have deep meaning to you or are just feeling them skin-deep? For me, red signifies blood which Jesus shed to save us from our sins. That is how big His LOVE is for us. On the other hand, I was amazed with the thought that pine trees remain green all year round even during winter time. This should give people HOPE to have an everlasting life if we only believe in God's promise to us in John 3:16. Lastly, yellow is psychologically the happiest color in the color spectrum. It simply means HAPPINESS!
Let us enjoy the Christmas colors this season and reflect on the deeper meaning that this may serve as a reminder to everybody. So here's wishing you RED, GREEN, AND YELLOW the whole year through! Happy Holidays!