Christmas is indeed the “most wonderful time of the year.” Especially if you’re going home for the holidays after spending a few years away from your families, it’s about to get merrier with these activities that you can do, or places that you can visit while you’re back in the Philippines:
Get into the spirit.
As early as September, you can already hear Jose Mari Chan and Mariah Carey songs playing everywhere! But one more way to get into the spirit and enjoy it as a family – you can start by putting up that Christmas tree. My family always make it a point to put ours up together every single year. Not only that, we also get to reminisce on our favorite holiday memories from the past years that could be fun for the balikbayans to catch up on too.
Try DIY gifts.
Just thinking of the people crowding the roads and malls in the “season of giving” is already a struggle. How about you consider DIY gifts? There are now a few cake and brownie recipes that you can try online (some don’t even require baking!). Since food is something that everyone enjoys, it’s a no-fail gift idea that can save you from multiple trips to the mall.
Even if we’re still a few months away and with the Yuletide season being one of the busiest times of the year, it’s best that you start planning that holiday getaway with your families as early as now. There are a few Christmas attractions that you can enjoy without breaking the bank such as visiting Pampanga for their annual Giant Lantern Parade Festival, enjoying the cool breeze at Tagaytay or Baguio – there are a lot of budget-friendly airbnbs out there, or be amazed by festival light shows in Makati City.
What good is Paskong Pinoy without the puto bumbong and bibingka? Even better: you can now enjoy it in many different ways: there’s the puto bumbong cake from Lia’s Cakes in Season in Pasig, bibingka waffle from Catabolic Café is Maginhawam or if you like it the old-fashioned way, you can find it everywhere – closest to churches, best enjoyed as breakfast after Simbang Gabi.
If you’re the type who prefers to avoid all the holiday chaos and stay indoors, you can always spend it in the comfort of your homes with your families – whip up your favorite snacks, go on a movie marathon or just enjoy catching up on all the lost times spent away.