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Christmas crash course: Because celebration doesn’t have to mean costly

‘Tis the season to be giddy over sales and unending Christmas parties! Beyond the glitz of this time of the year is the reality of budgeting. Dealing with the limited power of our pocket should never stop us from celebrating Christmas with some pop and fizz. Here’s a rundown of practical and fun ways to celebrate our favorite holiday. Welcome to your Christmas crash course!

  1. Movie Night – Enjoy the cozy pajama weather by staying at home cuddling with the whole family inside the bedroom while watching your all-time favorite Christmas classics like Home Alone or even a film on the Nativity story. Each family member can bring their favorite snack as food for sharing.
  2. Family Sports Fest – Burn all the weight you’ve gained during the parties while enjoying each other’s company. You don’t need to be a pro or an A+ athlete. All you need to do is to have a competitive spirit while playing common and fun family sports like badminton in the street or in your garage. Whatever sport that is, what matters is that you enjoy the company of the fam bam.
  3. Christmas Light Tripping – Christmas has always been the most dazzling time of the year and thanks to people’s unending creativity, we gain free passes to the most brilliant Christmas experiences in the country. Enjoy some dancing and blinking lights while spending time eating, exchanging stories, and cracking jokes with the family. Some Christmas lights displays to look forward to are: the Ayala Lights Show; Tangub City, Misamis Occidental; Pototan, Iloilo; San Fernando, Pampanga; and Tarlac City.
  4. Dawn Mass or Simbang Gabi – Nothing beats the timeless tradition of waking up at the crack of dawn, heading out in jackets and Christmas weather outfits, enjoying the brrr on the way to church, and hearing Mass with your family and loved ones. After Mass, celebrate some more with a puto bumbong (steamed glutinous rice), bibingka (rice cake), and hot chocolate breakfast.

Our list of ways to celebrate Christmas could go on and on, but what matters the most is not the way we celebrate or the budget we allot for the celebration – what matters is knowing the true reason for this season, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. So there goes your Christmas crash course. Let this be our way of wishing you the best Christmas yet with your whole family!

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