Simple Celebration

Hello everyone. How are you all doing? I’m sure that most of you are still busy with the parties and reunions that are happening throughout this holiday season. I do hope you get to spend Christmas with your family and those dear to you.
We had a simple Christmas celebration. The whole family, along with my brothers and their family, spent the day at Manila Ocean Park. It was fun and we really had a great time. The last time we were able to spend time together was last year so we were really looking forward to spending Christmas together.
It may be tiring but we definitely had fun and we hope that we get to spend more time together as often as possible. Our schedule was full that day, we get to go around the premises and see shows including the Sea Lion Show and their Symphony Evening Show. We weren’t able to go and browse through the different stalls that sell souvenir and gift items since there were a lot of people and we didn’t have the time for it. We just passed by most of them and caught a glimpse of some of the items that they were selling. My son wanted to look at some of the music instruments that a store was selling such as a compact keyboards and a mikey way guitar but we weren’t able to do so because there were a lot of people and we feel that we wouldn’t be able to shop properly because of it.
It actually didn’t matter that we arrived home really late because we all had a great time and we were able to spend Christmas with our family.

Tips on Saving Money on Christmas Gifts

It was after yesterday’s mass when we were reminded that Advent season starts next week. My son was particularly excited because aside from the fact that Christmas is just a couple of winks away, the start of Advent season means we will soon be attending the Simbang Gabi (also called ‘Night Mass’ or Misa de Gallo, which is a series of nine-day dawn masses that would usher in Christmas). Aside from attending mass with us every day, he also looks forward to the different activities that our church has lined up for the community. We have, as a family, been going to these novena masses for years now and this year will not be any different. We plan to complete the nine-day novena masses just like the previous years. And since we cannot attend the dawn masses (which are normally celebrated at 4:00a.m), we would attend the anticipated mass which is every 9:30 in the evening.

Speaking of Christmas, have you started with your Christmas shopping yet? If you haven’t, I suggest you begin planning now. Things can get pretty hectic as Christmas approaches and when one is pressed for time, it is most likely that he will make some ‘costly’ mistakes when it comes to buying gifts.

If you are, however, still waiting for your Christmas bonus or 13th month pay, then you can begin buy making a list. Yup, be like Santa – make a list and check it twice! If you want to make sure that you don’t forget anybody and that you will be able to give the right gifts for them, then you should make list of what you need to buy. Your list will give you an idea of how much you need to aside. Creating a budget is important (you most definitely do not want to overspend since there are other things that you need to spend on during the holidays).

There are various affordable but unique gift items such as planners, character shirts, personal care products including bath oils, simpson shave brush and body scrubs that are available both from your favorite local stores and from online shops. You can also choose to create your own personalized gifts. Don’t forget to look for coupon/discount codes online. Subscribe to newsletters of popular online stores so that you’ll receive updates on when their products and services will be offered on much lower rates. You’ll be surprised by how much you’ll save if you keep these tips in mind.

On Holiday Break

I was hoping to get some work done online before midday but it seems that my brain is still on holiday break; it refuses to cooperate no matter how hard I try to find the motivation to create a blog post. Anyway, the holidays has been quite busy and tiring although we just stayed home during Christmas day itself. We were able to complete the Simbang Gabi (a nine-day novena mass celebrated in preparation for Christmas). It was held every 9:30p.m.; which means we are usually home by every night. We would usually go to bed past midnight since we would still have snacks after attending mass. It can really be exhausting after awhile especially since we also have to wake up early everyday. I really need to catch up on my sleep if I want to be able to start functioning properly in the next few days.

On another matter, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, looking at the different family photos that my friends posted (especially those that were taken during their Christmas celebrations), when I realized that we didn’t have any photos for this Christmas. Yup, no family photos for this Christmas. I don’t know why we didn’t think about taking a photo of our simple Christmas celebration. I guess we were just too tired, I don’t know. But it’s still not too late, right? We can still take some photos once we go out this weekend. It’s still the holiday season so there’s still a lot of opportunities to take some family photos.

Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and that you were able to spend it with the people that you value most. Merry Christmas, everyone!