5 simple ways to celebrate Christmas without going broke-A A +A
Sunday, December 15, 2013
'TIS the season of giving and sharing but how do we make it meaningful without stretching our budget so much?
Power cost have recently increased. Fuel prices have been going up from time to time and another fare hike is looming. Here's five simple things you could do to celebrate the spirit of Christmas without breaking the bank.
Spend time with your family
Yanny Sidra, a call center agent, filed her vacation leave for Christmas months ago to make sure that she would be able to spend the annual occasion with her family in Tarlac. Being employed in a call center company in Metro Manila is demanding, she said. They opt to stay in the office and answer calls even though others were exchanging gifts and having their Noche Buena.
“Ilang buwan ko silang hindi nakikita dahil hindi ako nakakauwi dahil sa trabaho ko. I always take advantage of the Christmas day para bumawi naman sa kanila,” Sidra said.
The best way to show your loved ones that they mean a lot to you is through time. Your presence is more than enough.
Keep the distance short through technology
Most families now are away from each other because some of the members have to relocate within the country or even abroad to provide for the family's needs.
Allan Valenzuela, an overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia and a father of four kids, always make it to a point that he is geared with fast and reliable internet connection. His family does the same. They use social networking sites to keep in touch with each other especially on Christmas day. They eat Noche Buena all together via Skype video call.
“Nakabukas lang ang Skype buong araw para kahit papaano parang kasama ko pa rin sila tuwing Pasko. Malaki ang naitulong, kahit papaano nakakabawas ng lungkot at kahit malayo nagiging masaya pa din ang Pasko," he said.
Valenzuela added, "Malayo man parang malapit na din."
Keep it simple and appreciate
Christmas does not always have to be glamorous and extravagant.
Mary Rose Perla, a highschool student and a daughter of a farmer said, “Hindi ‘yung masasarap na pagkain ang nakahain sa mesa naming tuwing Pasko dahil hindi naman kami mayaman. Pero alam naming na pinaghandaan, pinaghirapan iyon ng tatay ko sa bukid. Bata pa lamang kami tinuruan na kaming mag-appreciate ng mga simpleng bagay."
Perla also said, "Simple man pero masaya pa din kami kasi alam naming ‘yung hirap na pinagdaanan para kahit papaano may nakahain sa mesa naming sa Pasko.”
It’s always the thought that counts!
Audrey Cristobal, an event organizer, uses her creativity talent in personalizing her gifts for her loved ones and also for her clients. For her loved ones, she would write a letter in every gift she is giving away telling why she chose to give him/her that gift. For her clients, she uses her first impression towards them in choosing gift.
“It’s not always just the material things, I always show them kung paano ko sila nakikilala. Mas natutuwa sila, nata-touch. Sa mga clients ko, dahil natutuwa sila lalong dumadami ang clients ko, inirerefer nila ako,” she said.
Never forget the reason behind Christmas, Jesus Christ
The birth of Jesus Christ is the main reason why we have Christmas every year and remembering that he is the center of everything on that
day. Without him, we don’t have Christmas. Go to church, greet him happy birthday and pray sincerely to really feel the essence of Christmas! (Sunnex)