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CHRISTMAS/ PASKO/ WEIHNACHTEN

For me Christmas is LOVE, therefore CHRISTMAS (PASKO/ WEIHNACHTEN) is a day of love. However, in many families sometimes it comes to conflict, because all are tired and stressed out by the preparations and the pressure of expectation. Hopefully this not your case by this time!
Apparently most people suffer from Christmas because they experience the holidays as extremely stressful. This begins during the festive season. Mostly in european countries.

Men get stressed because they have a hard time with the Gifts Search, women put themselves under pressure because they want everything planned and organized, it will be a peaceful Christmas and all are under time pressure, because Christmas once again so unexpectedly fast at the door stands.

But we Filipinos we are contented of what we have, where we are and even just for a small celebration. The most important is we celebrated it together with our family with all our LOVE to each and everyone of us.

“Hindi kailangan ang magarbong handaan, naglalakihan at mamahaling regalo basta ang mahalaga ay sama-sama at buo ang pamilya! For almost 30 years na inilagi ko dito sa europa at sa bawa’t pasko na nagdaan sa buhay ko at sa mga darating pang pagdiriwang ng pasko, kuntento na ako na kapiling ko ang aking pamilya, my two kids, Ronald-Louis and Diana-Grace at ang aking kabiyak sa buhay. Marami nang nagdaan na mga magarbong handaan sa aking buhay, walang pinakamasaya at kuntentong pagdiriwang para sa akin kung hindi ko kapiling ang aking pamilya. Malaking pasasalamat sa Poong may likha sa handog na buhay, pag-ibig at pamilya.”

On the 23rd of December we went for christmas shopping at IKEA (SCS-Shopping City S├╝d) with our dogs, daughter Didi-Grace she drove us and hubby. Picture down here she found time to play with Riyadh and Riyanah (our doggies)!

DIdi played with Doggies at IKEA

Ang sama-samang pag palamuti ng tunay na “Fir Tree” o Christmas Tree – The Ultimate well known around in the city of Vienna the Christmas tree. Although I still do not know why “how beautiful are thy leaves” and its smells wonderful during winter season. But I know that a beautiful Christmas tree is the alpha and omega of a successful Christmas in europe. From purchase of tree and decoration this year we got the decoration stuff from IKEA. Something different for a change as what we have every year!
Picture down our christmas tree bought by hubby, which is not finish-decorating hubby is not yet through with it.

Decorating christmas tree

Here (photo down), this was last year with our son Ronald-Louis and of course with Dad. ­čÖé ┬áPicture down our christmas tree a plastic one, which is not finish-by decorating hubby is not yet through with it. That was 2 days before christmas.

We had lunch at IKEA Restaurant and while preparing the christmas tree at home hubby made “Turon” for merienda!

Lunch at IKEA and Hubby's Turon-Merienda

The reason why the christmas tree was not in time finished because we watched “Polar Express” from our files, every christmas season I love to watch it all over again ­čśŤ

Watching Polar Express and Christmas Tree not finish!

This was the last hours before the 24th of December, and yesterday (December 25) we sleep until noontime, puyat sa kapapanood ng film at home. Laze time for eveybody during christmas season, just at home… but happy.

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!

I Love Holiday season!
Specially the so called- shopping stress!
After a long day shopping, I cooked for lunch and dinner in one…lol…
chicken wings adobo and for dessert bake riceflour with vanille flavor in my turbo broiler!
It is such a very special feeling when this season of the year comes. Eventhough people says it’s only a stress when you mentioned shopping, cooking and preparing. For me I always had this special feelings and excitement inspite of those sayings. Friday, (December 7, last week) we did the christmas shopping, my daughter and I. Just the two of us. I enjoyed every minute and every seconds of the day with her along Mariahilfer strasse, where we did the whole shopping, the whole day. We ate somethig for merienda at KFC and had a break for a while. So wonderful day we spent together just mother-daughter bonding moment for christmas shopping!
By this time we took the U-bahn (Underground train), because with the car it’s too hard to find a parkplace at Mariahilfer strasse during this time. We are through around 7 pm. It was a wonderful time for both of us!
That was last week…

Several of the religious festivals during the Christmas and holiday season are celebrated with the exchanges of gifts, and the Christmas and holiday season thus also incorporates the “holiday shopping season”. This comprises a peak season for the retail sector at the start of the “Christmas shopping season” and a period of sales at the end of the season, the “January sales”.


Video was uploaded December 23, 2009 from my old WEBLOG!

HERE ARE SOME TIPS:
** Shopping early generally ensures the best selection as well as less frazzled salespeople and a more organized selection.

** Stocking a selection of nice but somewhat generic gifts can be a stress reliever for the rest of the year when you need gifts for teachers, hostesses, or other people in your life who may need small but nice gifts, and now is a great time to save on them!

** If you have kids and can shop without them, that may be the best option for everyone involved. Otherwise, you may want to incentivize their patience with a nice treat afterwards.

** Viewing the experience as ‘an adventure’ can make a shopping frenzy feel less stressful.