Five simple ways to make Christmas memorable without spending a lot-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
CHRISTMAS Day is fast approaching and Filipinos do not run out of ideas on how to make this annual celebration extra special. Two months before Christmas day, most people are already busy shopping gifts for their loved ones.
Teresa Dar, wife of an Overseas Filipino Worker and a mother of two said, “Malapit na ang Pasko, kaya ito namimili ng kaunti, mostly para sa mga bata. Isang beses lang naman kasi sa isang taon ito.”
Teresa was at Divisoria on a Saturday, savoring the weekend by scouring the alleys of the different malls in the famous cheap shopping haven for her kids, godchildren, nieces and nephews.
Nowadays, Filipinos are more budget conscious. They choose to spend their hard-earned money for their basic necessities.
Lilibeth Ortega, 24, a call center agent together with her friend Carissa Mae Santos, 25, were in the Divisoria, conservatively shopping stuff for their loved ones for Christmas.
“Masarap mamili dito lalo pag tight budget. ‘Yung kaunting pera mo maraming mabibili.” Lilibeth said.
“Sa hirap ng buhay ngayon dapat mas praktikal na tayo. Kahit hindi na mamahalin. Sabi nga it’s the thought that counts. Mahalaga lang mairaos.“ Carissa added.
Lilibeth and Carissa are both single but they stand as the breadwinners of their respective families.
Carissa said, “Like me, my parents don’t work anymore, I have pamangkins na sinusuportahan ko. Etong pagsho-shopping ko para sa kanila ito pero sobrang tipid lang, as in.”
For those who are really in a tight budget but still want to practice the sense of giving this coming Christmas season, Divisoria is indeed the place to be.
Of course everybody is pressured to spend to make their loved ones happy on Christmas day. But how can we really make them happy without spending too much money?
Courtney Carver, a known author of several books on living more with less, shared her useful tips on how to replace some of the material things under the Christmas tree with presents that matter more.
“Have a season of experiences.” Instead of buying kids gifts, let them have,experiences to remember. Spend a portion of their gift money and bring them to an amusement park like Star City or Enchanted Kingdom or maybe to a local perya, or in a pyro-technique show or bring them in a public park and have a picnic with them. There are so many ways to experience Christmas that will give them joyful, lasting memories better than a toy made up of plastic.
“Shop early.” Avoid panic buying. It would be better if you would shop way head of time, like, right now. Prepare ahead. The nearer the Christmas, the more expensive goods can be. Have a shopping list to avoid unnecessary items and overspending. Check out bargains such as Divisoria, Greenhills or your local tiangge. At those places, you can buy more for less.
“Turn off your TV.” Check it out, it is the season of advertising. Ignore their messages unless you want to feel bad about yourself and your lack of money to buy those beautiful items. Grab the remote control, put the TV on mute especially during commercial breaks. Better yet, don’t watch TV.
“Help others enjoy Christmas.” Look into different ways to give back during the season of giving. Have you been to a hospice? Have you donated to the victims of recent floods and earthquakes? Involve your whole family in a charity work.For teenagers, give your mom a day-off from the chores and do them for her.
“Focus on the senses.” No to senseless consumerism. Enjoy the breeze of the yuletide season. Christmas is not about material things. It is the season of love. Make the Yule more memorable for your loved ones. You do not always have to spend a lot. (Sunnex)