Christmas has always been and will always be a special time for Filipinos wherever they are around the world. There is a special excitement and warmth that we feel in our heart as the season draws closer to “the” day!
For the thousands of Filipinos living and working overseas, Christmas becomes even more significant as we experience months and years away from home. Here are some short tips for you on how to spend the season.
- Say thank you. To start, give thanks for everything that you have in life. Christmas is a time of thanksgiving, so go ahead and be grateful for all those blessings. Thank God, thank your family, and thank your friends. Pray. Say thank you, thank you, thank you!
- Go visit home. For most OFWs, Christmas means going back to the Philippines. If you have the means, go and celebrate with your loved ones back home. But plan ahead so that you can make every moment spent with you family count. Stick to a set budget by carefully planning gifts, travel, entertainment and expenses for the big day.
- Reconnect. If going home is not in the books, then take some time to communicate with the people who are near and dear to you. Make a quick call, send a message, or even write (as opposed to digital messaging) and send a real Christmas card!
- Be someone’s Santa Claus! As they say, it is better to give than to receive. And what better time to start giving back than Christmas! If you can’t go back to the Philippines during the holidays, then why don’t you consider volunteering for some charity work? Perhaps help out at an orphanage, or provide your services for a senior home. Make someone else happy this Christmas.
- Take it slow. Sometimes it can’t be avoided: you have to work—and we mean work—during the holidays. It’s a common thing for OFWs. We suggest this: just don’t push yourself too much. Don’t overwork. And work or no work, learn to appreciate the little things in life. Pause. Be happy. Breathe. Smile. Repeat. Let the spirit of love and thanksgiving take root in your heart.
- Immerse yourself in the season. If you are able to get home, make Christmas memorable for your loved ones by giving them some unusual and unexpected treats like going on a short trip, day tour or on a show. The experience can be something for them to cherish and look back on for many years and even all their lives.
But if you do have to stay overseas, then try attending local Christmas events (most places hold events at the city plaza). If it snows where you’re at, try skiing or skating for a change. If you’re more of the shopping type, then go malling with friends. ’Tis the season to be jolly… so make the most of it!
If you follow these tips, you can sail through the holidays happy and content.
Have a great Christmas! Hohohoho!
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