As someone who loves the Christmas season (who doesn’t, right?), I’m not going to lie, it gets harder and harder every year because #adulting. First, you want to finish all your pending work before the year ends, meet clients, buy presents for your family, friends, cousins, clients, boss, your nephews, nieces, your trusted hair stylist—and making sure you don’t miss anyone from your list. You deal with the Christmas rush (a.k.a. traffic). On top of that, you want to wear your favorite holiday sweater but you can’t because the weather hasn’t cooled down a tad bit. Now before you call me a Grinch here, I am here to help you out in staying positive and making sure you feel that Christmas spirit. Here are five fun and easy ways that will guarantee you’ll feel the Christmas spirit in no time:
- Play Christmas songs – Is that Jose Marie Chan I’m hearing from a distance? Heck yeah it is. The easiest way to feel the Christmas spirit is to play Christmas songs! I have a bunch of Christmas songs I listen to. From Santa Tell Me and Last Christmas by Ariana Grande, This Christmas by Chris Brown to All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey and 8 Days of Christmas by Destiny’s Child. I still have a few classic favourites but these are my forever jam. Christmas songs are just light and never fails to make you reminisce about your favorite holiday memories. How about you? What are your favorite holiday songs?
- Watch Christmas movies – I am a complete freak when it comes to Christmas movies. It never fails to put me in a festive mood. I know all the lines from Home Alone 1 and 2 (try me lol), I love re-watching Jack Frost, and Christmas with the Kranks never fails to crack me up because duh, who wants to skip Christmas?
- Dress for the occasion – I don’t know about you but I looooove dressing up for the holidays. Time to bring out those Christmas sweaters, red/green/silver dresses for all those Christmas parties. It’s the one month of the year you can dress looking like a Christmas ornament or a fruitcake packaging and no one will judge you…I hope.
- Do something festive – this is entirely up to you. It can be helping out your mom put up the Christmas tree, bring out those Christmas-themed plates, etc. I personally love going to the mall to buy presents for my family, friends, nieces, nephews, clients, etc. The large crowds doesn’t really bother me. It’s all part of the Christmas rush that I learned to accept, haha! I also personally love helping my mom out in preparing dishes for the holidays (a.k.a. slicing stuff and washing the dishes lol). It’s the easiest contribution I can give when everyone’s busy during the holidays, haha! Can you guys relate?
- Spend time with your family – The holiday season is all about spending time with your family. I always get asked why don’t I try spending my Christmas somewhere else—and the answer is always “because my family is here.” I’d like to think that we have the best Christmas celebration in The Philippines. Us Filipinos are genuinely nice and hospitable. There’s just a lot of positivity around the holidays and I cherish every minute of it. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I went to a bunch of different SM Supermalls. I went to SM San Lazaro, SM Manila, SM North Edsa, SM Aura Premier and SM Mall of Asia. I was impressed to see these malls doing their own spin with different Christmas themes. I personally love SM Mall of Asia because it’s only 10 minutes away from our house (I always tell this to my friends when they think Cavite is too far lol) and they offer something different and exciting which is the Grand Festival of Lights. Now on its 9th year, this much buzzed-about holiday parade features a one-of-a-kind Christmas story featuring Santa Claus and his magical friends. It sure did bring out the kid in me! They start off the parade by distributing balloons to the kids (how cute is that!). Come 5:30pm, they unveil the parade with a red curtain (this happens at the North arcade and finishes to the South Arcade of the mall). I was really impressed with the floats, the costumes, the lights and how everything was seamlessly put-together so well. Couldn’t help but observe random kids watching the parade! Seeing them smile made me so happy—a true testament that Christmas is really for the kids. I’ll make sure to invite my family next weekend!
SM Mall of Asia’s Grand Festival of Lights is a free parade showcased the every Saturday of December. Next will be on the 23rd and 25th. Merry Christmas everybody!
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