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Christmas decor ideas | It’s the most wonderful time

Sure, I like Christmas. But this year, I think the Christmas spirit possessed me. Actually, I found lots of inspiration from my job at Balsam Brands. My mind is flooded with Christmas decor ideas.

And so I decided to decorate a little bit more than usual. First things first – our 13-year-old tree looked so tired so I decided to retire it and got an 8-foot replacement.

Yep, our home has never been so Christmassy. Here are some Christmas decor ideas.

christmas decor ideas wreath with flowers gold bowDaughter Patch revamped the old wreath – she took out everything and glued red paper roses (from Dapitan Christmas Market) instead. She finished off with a nice golden sinamay bow.

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Six tiny tips for a disaster-free gift giving season

‘Tis the season of giving.

But not all of us have the luxury of time, so that we’re done gift-shopping as early as October. Or the luxury of wealth, so that we’re not constrained by budget. Or the gift of gifting, so that all recipients of your gifts jump with joy when they open the package.

I’m no expert in gift-giving either. I’ve had my share of tacky gifts, both as giver and receiver. So here are some small lessons I’ve learned through experience, or the experiences of friends, for a hopefully disaster-free gift giving season:

1. Regift with caution. if you don’t like a present, pass it on to another family member who might like it (cross your fingers, eyes and toes he/she doesn’t hit you with it, if it’s that tacky!), the house help (I find my ates just love it when I give them stuff), the friendly neighborhood mailman or street-sweeper. Or donate it to charity. I’m pretty sure the gift is not that bad and, somehow, someone in this big world will find some good use for it.

There are instances, though, when regifting is permissible – such as when you pass on to your niece a totally acceptable but so girlie gift that your son gets.

2. If you must regift, follow the cardinal rule of regifting – don’t get caught. Do not do it within the same circle of people from which the gift came. Well… unless of course you want the giver to know how tacky/unwanted the gift is. (But I find that kinda mean and so not-in-the-Christmas-Spirit… ).  Besides, the truth finds beautiful/amusing/shocking ways of letting itself out.

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Happy Holidays!

Every year, my husband, kids and I always spend Christmas in my hometown, Baguio City.

This year, most of my family were present – 5 out of 6 siblings plus our husbands and children. Total headcount? I’ve lost track, but  for sure my fingers and toes are not enough.

This is a late post. I am still on holiday mood, it’s difficult to blog when I feel this way. There’s so much bumming around to do. 😛

So, anyway…

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

May your celebrations be filled with moments of creating happy memories with family and friends.

Fab Holiday Finds – My Orange Tree and Lesson #585


It’s week 1 for the Filipino Mom Blog‘s Fab Holiday Finds meme. Everyone is invited to join – just share your holiday shopping finds, whatever they may be. More on the mechanics here.

This year I decided to make orange my Christmas tree theme. So yesterday, when my sis, niece and I went on a Divisoria expedition, I got some orange poinsettias and orange tree balls. I love the prettifying effect they had on my tree. Continue reading Fab Holiday Finds – My Orange Tree and Lesson #585