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Being someone else’s Santa: A guide to giving back this Christmas

by MyProperty.phPublished: December 11, 2017Updated: December 11, 2017

Children are caroling, lights are twinkling and bells are jingling! Indeed, the atmosphere is delightfully filled with oh-so-Christmassy feeling!

With the holiday break approaching and with most of your Christmas shopping and decorating already done, you probably can't help but let your mind drift to your Christmas bonus and how you plan on spending it, and whether your loved ones and friends will get you the gift you've been hinting at all year. But let's not forget that Christmas is not just about receiving but giving too.

Aside from family and friends, there are so many people out there who could use a bit of compassion, especially if they don't always to feel lucky most of the year. Why not try to be like Santa this year and focus on sharing the blessings you’ve received all these years? We have a few tips on how you can improve your holidays by doing just that.

Treating your family to something special

Go big with a furniture set

Being someone else’s Santa: A guide to giving back this Christmas
Mediterranean-inspired living room

If your Christmas bonus would allow, a new set of furniture to replace your worn-out living room set or kitchenwares would surely paint a million-dollar smile to your Mom’s face. This holiday is the best time to splurge on big purchases since brands tend to offer holiday sales to hit their target before the year closes.

Shopping malls and bazaars will all be packed during this season, so why not give online shops a go? Some websites offer exciting deals and discount coupons for first-time buyers, and even deliver the item right to your doorstep. 

Redo an old recipe or try a new one

Being someone else’s Santa: A guide to giving back this Christmas
Christmas inspired cookies

Don your little apron and be your family’s Santa Chef! This holiday, do away with your traditional pastries and get crafty by adding some Christmas touches. Ever tried a pine-shaped cookie in place of round ones? What about finishing off that fluffy cupcake with festive toppers instead of plain white whipped cream?

Highly recommended is a new recipe to grace your family’s dining table during Noche Buena. You’ve still got a few weeks to practice, so fret not and start looking through cookbooks and watching Youtube cooking tutorials. The bottom line here is to say “thank you” through your cooking!

Bonding with friends

See the city’s holiday sights

Being someone else’s Santa: A guide to giving back this Christmas
Baguio City’s Snowy Christmas Village

This one’s not actually a tangible gift, but more of spending quality time with your friends this holiday season. It’s a gift for both parties, a fun way to celebrate your closeness. Explore cities that hold free concerts or witness interesting Christmas lighting events. Metro Manila always has these kinds of happenings, but if you and your buddies are raring to go a bit further, check out other Philippine cities like Baguio, Cebu, or Davao and see what holiday festivities they’re having.

Be thoughtful and choose gifts from the heart

Being someone else’s Santa: A guide to giving back this Christmas
Coffee Project’s Holiday Travel Journal

Your real friends definitely deserve a spot on this list. Show them they’re a real treasure by sending them a handwritten letter or by giving them small, handy gifts they can use at work. But don’t just give them random items; consider their interests and go from there.While planners, journals, perfume and accessories are your go-to choices here, consider make-up sets, travel kits or sports gear as well.  And remember, it’s not the cost of the present but the thought behind it.

Giving back to your community

Share what you can

Being someone else’s Santa: A guide to giving back this Christmas
Children with their gift boxes flash big smiles

When it comes to helping the less fortunate, what counts is not the amount of your donation, but your willingness to give. Be a blessing to others by donating money, toys, clothes, food, and letters or cards to orphanages, the homeless, and even our heroic soldiers.

Want to go the extra mile? Immerse yourself more in the spirit of giving by volunteering for non-government organizations or charity foundations. Call your friends and even family members and ask them to donate or volunteer with you. Who knows? This might just become your family tradition every Yuletide season. 

Get involved in Camella’s MerryGalo Christmas promo

Being someone else’s Santa: A guide to giving back this Christmas

In the competitive world of business, what probably warms the heart of the common Filipino more than strategic sales and discounts is the knowledge that some companies do care. During this season of giving and sharing, it’s good to know that even businesses that are profit-oriented in nature not only try to drive sales, but aim to give back as well. 

Big brands in the Philippines often run Christmas promos as a means to give back to those who are in need. A recently-launched promo, which has sparked interest online, is Camella’s MerryGalo Christmas promo that  fosters both consumer and community engagement. And it’s a promo where you can give and receive, too: homebuyers are automatically entitled an entry in the raffle draw, and their chosen beneficiaries get to win the same amount as that of the winning homebuyer. By liking and sharing the beneficiaries’ soon-to-be-released videos, netizens can likewise win exciting cash prizes!

Read the full mechanics of the promo on Camella’s Facebook Page or click here.

Image Sources: Genius Kitchen, Snipit Online, Pinterest, Samaritan’s Purse, Blog of the Boss

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