The holiday season is often marked with its trademark rush – shoppers hustling through their lists trying to get everything done before Christmas Eve, and passengers crowding bus stations, airports and other terminals to get home in time for “noche buena.”
But it's not the same for everyone. Every holiday season, thousands of people work tirelessly just to make sure everyone else can celebrate and feel the yuletide spirit.
Among the “Tagahatid Pasko” is Carla Dominique Diego, who works in the gift-wrapping section of a leading department store. Since the onset of the Christmas season, she worked longer hours to accommodate all the customers.
"During the Christmas season, a lot of people have their gifts wrapped,” she said. “It just makes me sad that I can't even take care of my gifts for my own family because I'm too busy wrapping gifts for other people.”
Wait staff are also one of those who tirelessly work overtime during the Christmas season to allow others to celebrate the festivities with their loved-ones and friends.
Jerico Gonzales, who works the night-shift at a restaurant, says that the holiday rush makes its more challenging for them. "It's Christmas, but I can't even be with my own family," he said.
"This is our way of expressing our gratitude to the people who help us make Christmas happen in our own homes – be it the grocery clerk who makes sure the shelves are well-stocked, or the gift-wrapping teams who work until midnight at department stores, or the toll booth operator who works overtime just so everyone can come home in time for Christmas,” said Czypionka.
"Sharing the joy of Christmas is more than gifts; it's about being there for others,” Paule said. “There is no joy like seeing the smile on the face of others because of something that you have done. And that for me is the priceless reward of what we do."
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