Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday Musings

The year 2013 will soon end...and I suddenly think, where did all that time go?  In fact, it's more like...where did all those years go?  Like the song Sunrise, Sunset in the musical Fiddler on the Roof (with a little twist)..."I don't remember growing older...when did I? Wasn't it yesterday, When I was small?"

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Pros and Cons Of Being Offline During The Holidays

This Christmas 2012 is probably one of the busiest holiday season ever for me.  It's weird because there are only a few relatives left here in my area, so except for the usual family gatherings on Christmas and New Year's eve, we have nothing planned.  However, there were so many other activities both at work and our volunteer organizations, invitations from friends for baptisms, weddings and other gatherings, that I found myself tired at the end of each day with no energy left to go online.  Or maybe because I am back at work and it now entails traveling (driving) a total of 40 or so kilometers a day. This situation should have given me a lot of stress but wonder of wonders, I actually did not mind not getting my daily 6-10 hours online fix.  Oh wow! I am not addicted to the internet!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Progress Report: My DIY Christmas Gifts

Here's what I have done so far.  I have four glass cozy designs and I have done 3 of each one which is far below my target of finishing 2 a day.  What can I say?  I think I am the only unemployed person I know who is always running out of time.  So if I can't make this on time for this year....there's year?

There is only 7 days more till Christmas and I am only halfway through. And there are so many activities and events this coming week like 2 weddings, meetings and parties (I know...excuses, excuses) that I don't think I will have enough time to finish 3 sets of 4 each. Oh well, it's a good thing that all of my relatives will be spending Christmas out of town, so that gives me more time for the New Year, I mean :))  

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Simpler Christmas

The Christmas season is here again and with it comes the year's most excessive consumerism ever. The buying frenzy begins on Black Friday (for those in the U.S.A) and continues all season long.  It's also the time for racking up credit card debt and getting all stressed up with decorating, parties, shopping, spending etc,. etc., etc...Arghhhh!

Christmas isn't about presents...Jesus was born in a manger bereft of even the most essential physical comfort, so why has the celebration of His birth turned into so much materialism, and the gift-giving and decorating part have become so important that the essence of Christmas becomes secondary?  Last year, my family and I have decided to cut back on our Christmas decorations.  We did not put up our big tree, instead I got a table top tree which we decorated with LED lights which uses less electricity.  It was enough to put a fascinated smile on our little girl's face.  We will use it again this year adding ribbons and small balls.

Like last year too, we will have more Belens (Nativity sets) around the house and an Advent wreath which we used during the 4 Sundays of Advent.  We will not put any outdoor lights except for a small lighted Christmas bell and we will be donating our big Parol (Christmas Lantern) to the parochial pre-school of our parish. 


As with the more simple decorations, we have also decided on a no gift Christmas. In other words no buying gifts for people who don't need them, that includes ourselves.  Instead, we will share what we have like donating used but still good clothes, shoes and toys with others in need. Personally, I am making my own little gifts for close friends and giving away things that I have accumulated through the years but barely used.  There are other things we can do that will give the season more meaning, for example:
  1. Volunteer in a Christmas feeding program
  2. Spend more time with family, create Christmas memories to last a lifetime
  3. Share your home with orphans or abandoned children
  4. Prayer cards or offer masses
  5. Help family or friends by providing them with a service you can give like babysitting, run errands, etc
  6. Donate to worthwhile charities
  7. Adopt a family and give them a happy Noche Buena
  8. Give food/toy packs to children living in the streets
I'm sure there are still many other things we can think about but the point I am trying to make here is that people celebrate Christmas for the wrong reasons.  Isn't it time to focus on Jesus?  It is His birthday after all.

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    DIY Gifts For Christmas

    It is just a few more weeks till Christmas and without a regular salary, this holiday season will be a little different from last year's celebration.  But this is not the first time that our family will have a simple Christmas...we experienced this in the late 70's when my brother had his accident and we were financially drained. However, just like then, we will not be any less festive or joyous because the essence of Christmas is love...and we have plenty of that to give around and to share.  We will be putting up our Christmas decorations starting tomorrow and our Advent wreath will be ready too. The only thing we will be missing out on is the requisite gift-giving...which is really unessential and can be dispensed with in relation to the true meaning of Christmas.  Besides, our family practice is to give each other meaningful tokens on special occasions...nothing big but something that is well thought of and not given for giving's sake.  For needs, they can get these anytime and when I was earning...even their wants too, if I had the budget for what can you give them that they don't already have? 

    Still, gift-giving has it's merits since gifts have a role in showing appreciation and gratitude. I have some really good friends who must be remembered this Christmas if only to thank them for the love and support they continue to give me and my family.  For them, I decided to make...crocheted glass coaster cozies.

    I can do 2 of these cozies in one day, so more or less, I can have about 50 pieces to give away...what do you thinK?  Would my friends like it?

    I also have these difficult to find albums like The Gypsy Kings  and Carole King In Concert that I know my friends would like to have copies of :)  In fact, some have already put their names on the list.

    And so, this is my DIY gift project for Christmas and I will update this blog with the finished products.  Wish me luck!

    Tuesday, December 25, 2007

    The Meaning of Christmas

    Today is Christmas Day ...a few more hours and it will be a day of the past. I went to hear mass at 11 AM, having overslept after our noche buena celebration which ended at about 2 AM. As I listened to the sermon, the words of the priest struck a note because he talked about something which I needed to hear.

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