It's that time of year again...perhaps many have used this phrase and if I may given time to sort through my blogs, I may have used these words as well. Prattling my way again to your heart as I give out my sentiments for the season when love abounds and is manifested so well with giving. But not just giving, giving with flare. Gifts have been the vital representation of this.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Above are words of Khalil Gibran and it couldn't explain gift-giving any better. However, for me giving gifts became more of a task, a daunting one as I may stress out. What used to be a joyous expression of my appreciation for the love and support was getting harder to accomplish.
I make it a point that whenever I gift someone for Christmas, my personality, the vain essence of who I am is reflected on the stuff. But adding to that checklist is considering what I haven't given yet (for those I annually give gifts), or would they like my gift. I guess you can tell how paranoid I am.
After all, isn't gift-giving an echoing of Jesus Christ's self-less giving of Himself to the world?
So, giving gifts isn't just some tradition, it's a matter of love and giving of yourself. As a mom, as a family, we practice this and we do come up with list as early as November. My kids would even post their Christmas wishlist on the door of the fridge.
Thus, I have come up with certain wish lists that would definitely make my life easier for Christmas, and taking giving gifts to the next level.
MY CHRISTMAS WISH LIST FOR 2015
I need a lot things in my life right now, so I can truly say I'm comfortably happy and my family too.
We've just finished renovating our kitchen so here are some of the list that would make my kitchen spic and span:
SM Home has these furniture which I definitely would love to have as a gift, or maybe what I can give my parents for their new condo unit.
Though, I'm not requiring for all these to be handed to me this Christmas, I'm keeping my heads up, I have a lot of relatives and friends you know...hehehe.
CHRISTMAS 2015 GIFT IDEAS FOR MY LOVED ONES
Major, major pondering when it comes to giving my kids what they would love to open up on Christmas.
Good thing SMSupermalls was able to come up with a DIY list on their site.
For my eldest son, what more can I say...
For my Dana (she's diabetic), who needs to be more active and thinks of joining her school's badminton team.
For my Danica, who loves to bake and dreams of opening up her own cafe when she grows up.
GIVING BACK TO OTHERS THIS CHRISTMAS
Selflessness is very much felt when you give but does not expect for anything in return. I would always tell my kids how blessed they are compared to others, who even find it hard to have decent meals and clothing, more so on Christmas.
Together as a family, we often save up for my kids' teachers, best-friends and even children in Sunday schools or orphanages.
To give back to my kids' teachers, I would often whip up something and box some baked goods I would bake with the help of my daughters.
Though this year, I opted to give differently, like Christmas baskets but on a different scale.
I may opt to give more of the electric airport to my dealers (we own Water for Less, Purifying Water System) and regular customers but will add a personal note in calligraphy.
For the past couple of years, we've been giving coloring booklets and school supplies to our church's children's ministry (Sunday School). This year my husband and I decided to to something even better.
We will buy a lot of these cute and hugable red Teddy bears. We not only give one to the children we support in our church, we also give one to a kid under a certain charitable institution supported by SM Cares Program.
For more info, check out the SM Cares Bears of Joy campaign and know how you can take part in the season of “gift-ing”here.
Isn't that a nice tip to giving someone a gift.
What's more, to show that SM really value Christmas Gift-giving, they have come up with Merry SM Christmas campaign to help us put Christmas shopping for gifts a notch higher.
“For more updates about this year’s “Merry SM Christmas” campaign, visit SM’s official Christmas microsite (https://www.smsupermalls.com/merrysmchristmas2015) and follow its official social media accounts at Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/smsupermalls), Twitter (https://twitter.com/smsupermalls), and Instagram (https://instagram.com/smsupermalls/); and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber (http://chats.viber.com/SMsupermalls). Shoppers can actively share their holiday merriments inside the SM Supermalls by posting their photos on social media and adding the hashtag #MerrySMChristmas2015.”
More gift-giving tips, especially to your foodie friends, on the links below
BEST GIFTS FOR FOOD LOVERS
Gift Ideas for your Foodie Friends and Loved Ones