Archive for December, 2010

Preparations for Christmas

December 24th, 2010

It’s one day before Christmas and I think I had everything in my checklist accomplished so I’m ready to celebrate it! Now, I’m done wrapping all the gifts that I want to share to family and friends this Christmas season. It makes me happy to spend time shopping for gifts and wrapping them with beautiful christmas wrappers and finally send them to kids and special members of the family… it brings joy to my heart and makes my christmas complete.

Aside from gifts which some of them I acquire a month before Christmas, I also make it a point to prepare and complete all the stuffs, ingredients, etc… for “noche buena” a week before Christmas. I wanted to avail of the “Mall Sales Promo” which it usually runs 2 days before Christmas but I just can’t take too much of the holiday rush that sometimes will spend almost the whole day in the malls.

Home Christmas decors are also part of my preparations… the house needs to be in a Christmas atmosphere so family members and friends who come to visit for Christmas feels the spirit of the occasion. But most of all the big preparation that is found at the last of my checklist is “myself”, did I prepare myself to be worthy of celebrating the commemoration of Christ’s birthday? How did I prepare myself?

Well, I know I’m not doing a great job in preparing myself yet… but at least I believe that this is the best I can give as my presents to the celebrant… and that is to create a ripple of generosity this Christmas.

A Happy Christmas to all!

The “I dos” of Marriage – wedding of a lifetime

December 18th, 2010

Today, I witness how the young and lovely bride say her “I dos” not just in front of the many witnesses and to her groom but most specially in front of the Lord. It is a music to my ear when she sweetly utter the “Yes, I do” during the early part of marriage rite.

For me, this is the part where the bride needs to be 100% aware and sincere of her answer and this is the beginning of a new stepping stone of married life. A wedding of a lifetime does not only mean expensive gown, cakes, entourage, flowers, foods and venue, but the real essence for it to be a lifetime wedding is the sincerity of the couple in answering their “I do” in front of their family, friends and to the Lord.

The priest who represents God will ask the couple to join their right hand and express their intention before God and His church, the church stands for the people who witness the occasion. I remember the important questions are as follows which should be clearly answered “Yes, I do.” by the bride and groom themselves:

  • Bride, do you take your groom here present, for your lawful husband according to the rite of our holy Mother, the Church?
  • Do you give yourself to him as his wife?
  • Do you accept him as your lawful husband?
  • Groom, do you take your bride here present, for your lawful wife according to the rite of our holy Mother, the Church?
  • Do you give yourself to her as her husband?
  • Do you accept her as your lawful wife?

My cousin who is the groom is a very lucky man to have finally get the “I do” of a very lovely and young lady who now become his wife. As the one who bind them with the cord of married life, I wish them all the best of being together as a couple and soon raise¬† beautiful kids and be happy family with God at the center of their relationship.

This wedding is the featured occasion.

Christmas Party in black and white

December 17th, 2010

Christmas party which is usually held annually is one of the highlight festive activity during the holiday season. We can attend as many christmas party as we want, from simple gathering of friends at home to a big gathering such as a company’s christmas party. And this year’s party excites me because of our theme which is a black and white christmas party… it is indeed very fun! Everybody is beautiful with their black and white attire. So from decorations, attire up to the the table cloths and linens… should be all in black and white.

I observed that most of the attire are black dress with white shoes and jewelries, others wear white dress with black shoes and jewelries while others also wear a black and white dress. I just love to see all 200 of us looks stylish, elegant and beautiful.

It’s indeed a different christmas party look for me, but of course since our main theme color is very neutral, the decorations can mix with some reds and greens of christmas to look it more festive. In general, it’s a one festive, stylish and elegant christmas party I ever had!

The essence of Gift Giving during Christmas

December 15th, 2010

It is so gratifying for a co-officemate to drop by your desk and greet you a Happy Holidays and hand you a christmas gift. It makes me ponder of how beautiful this people are who thinks beyond themselves and share their blessings to others. The act of generosity is very precious during this season of the year, even how simple the sharing of gifts are, the act gives a smile in one’s face and can also create a ripple, because if you receive something, you feel like you have to share something too.

The spirit of gift giving during christmas for me is to spread your blessings and make the people you love and care fo happy. The word “Christmas” itself is the essence of why we have to give during this very special occasion, because it is with Christmas that Christ himself extend his unconditional love to all of us.

I can party all night, eat and drink all night during this holiday but I wish not to forget that to be generous especially to this very appropriate occasion makes my holiday complete and meaningful.

A happy christmas to everyone.

My Christmas Tree

December 3rd, 2010

Christmas is in the air once again and the thought of it makes me festive and everyday starting the first week of December seems like a busy day always… preparing things for the upcoming parties, scheduling lunch and dinner with friends, shopping for christmas decors, and foods to serve during the occasion and most of all the gift giving.

All these activities are very popular once a year and that is during the Christmas season. Decorations will never be complete without the christmas tree at the corner of the living room where the whole family will gather and exchange each others gifts.

I dream of a 7 ft christmas tree full of christmas balls and different colors and sizes of decorations all over it.¬† But I think it’s not yet time for me to have it yet, so I settled with our old 4 ft christmas tree which the family used for over 5 years. I know my christmas tree is still beautiful especially with lots of gifts underneath that we can share to everybody.

Hhhmm… Maybe I can also try a live christmas tree someday. :) Merry Christmas!

A black and white theme for christmas party

December 1st, 2010

When I heard a month ago that the company’s Christmas party theme for this year is “black and white”, I just simply nod and said to myself, it’s very easy to look for an attire then…

But barely two weeks before the occasion, I started to panic because I find it difficult to choose and look for the best black and white attire that I think will fit me best… I shop from one mall to the other… and rummaged almost all the boutiques for almost the whole day and to my surprise, I can’t find any! Until it took me almost 3 days before the party to find the black dress I like, finally. So, it’s not easy after all…

Here are the tips I carried with me while shopping for the best attire that I can think of for a black and white party theme:

  • Choose from the option of having a plain black dress or plain white dress, or combination of the two colors – I settled with a black dress for me to look petite.
  • Look for a modest dress yet elegant
  • Match the fashion jewelry with the dress – if I chose black, so my jewelry should be pearl, or white.
  • Match my bag and shoes
  • Finally, exercise and have fun by hopping from as many fashion boutique destination as possible so you can have lots of options and can even compare prices.

Looking forward for a fun-filled Christmas party!