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The morning air is turning cold, Christmas carols are being played, Christmas lanterns are being sold along the roads and in the stores...indeed, Christmas is in the air!
It is again the time of the year where you scoured all thrift stores for gifts for family and friends. You have your own Santa list of "who's naughty and nice" and you are up to your elbows what to give, what to buy and even how to wrapped it. Alas, it seems the house is not yet ready for the festivities because there are lot of things to do and fix before we can set up our Christmas trees and lanterns. Here are some tips to set the stage and prepare our homes for the holidays. Through these tips, you will feel less overwhelmed and enjoy the Christmas festivities more.
Declutter your house
- Rummage through your closets and remove all clothes that you are not using anymore. Instead of letting the moths feast their way through your clothes fill up a large thrash bag with all the clothes you no longer need and give it away to charity or if you want to be enterprising, you can have a garage sale and sell all your used items for a meager amount.
- Schedule the general cleaning of your house for 1 whole weekend. Start from the bedrooms, then towards the living room, the kitchen, the bathroom and finally in your yard. Always keep on hand a large thrash bag so you can stack all the garbages & thrashes you find as you work your way in each room.
- The following week you can allot this time for changing your bed linens, replacing floor mats and hand towels. You can hang new curtains or freshly laundered curtains on your windows. Now, your house looks and smells good, ready for the Christmas festivities.
- Choose a good location for your Christmas tree. It is best to place it near a plug socket to avoid stepping on or trampling with the cord wires. Avoid overloading socket and risk of fire by using only 1 socket extension lead per socket and never plug an extension lead in another extension lead.
- Check your Christmas tree trimmings because most of those are still in good condition and you don't have to buy new ones.
- In the Philippines, Christmas won't be complete without a Parol or Christmas lantern and a Belen or a tableau representing the scene at Nativity. These two are staple Filipino Christmas symbols. Have much fun putting up the Parol and check if the light bulb is still working. If it is not, buy a led light bulb because leds emit more lumens per watt than incandescent light bulbs. Your Belen will stand up more if illuminated with led fairy lights. Fairy lights are super small but incredibly bright and are just perfect for your Belen miniature.
|Parol symbolizes the star that guided the 3 magis to the baby Jesus:; Image from Clipart Library|
|Puto bumbong best paired with salabat or ginger tea; Image from Dreamtime|
Christmas time all over the world is a season of sharing, loving and giving. Advance happy Christmas everybody!
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Till next time. God bless.