Category Archives: Occasion

Thank You for All the Christmas Gifts

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Theresa

We are always on the receiving end of gifts. And we are more than thankful for the blessings coming our way from family, friends and other people who or who may not know us. Despite 2020 being a tough year for everyone, there are people who go out of their way to help and share their blessings to others. I’m truly happy for that.

Sharing some of them here to show how much we appreciate them. Thank you!!

SunnyHill Cakes (pineapple and mango) from my former editor.
Christmas gift package from my daughter’s employer.
Excellent products from my H’s friend.
Vitamin C supplement from our niece.
Maschibog’s Homemade Premiums from my long time friend and D’s ninang.
Sushi bake and baked spaghetti from our niece.

May all our families and friends thrive, happy and healthier this 2021 and beyond! I’m also claiming more job opportunities for all of us.

Meantime, while we are waiting for the vaccine to help ease the health crisis, let us stay safe and follow health and safety protocols for everybody’s sake. Cheers!!

Virtual Toast for the Holidays

Despite repeated warnings by health experts, many continuously violate the health and safety protocols of Covid19. We have seen people posting on social media big gatherings of family members with their relatives and friends outside their home on Christmas Eve.  

Face to face parties outside the immediate household is prohibited this holiday season. Listening to the warnings of experts can save our lives and those of our loved ones from being infected by the virus. By staying safe and healthy is the best gift we can offer those who are dear to us.

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On New Year’s Eve, please do not invite your relatives and friends from any physical parties. There is too much at stake if you hold an activity outdoors. Why not invite them to a zoom party and toast virtually. People are doing this worldwide. I think virtual party is more fun and does not require you to dress up and prepare a lot of food on the table. Let’s be patient please. We have been in this situation for several months now; let’s wait for a few more until the vaccine reaches our soil.

Even with the dramatic turn of events, let us claim a better 2021 for everyone.  Happy holidays and please stay safe.

Let’ have a virtual toast for a healthier life in 2021!

Alternative Gifts To Celebrate the Birth of a Baby

From tiny clothes and cozy blankets to soft toys, people love to bring or send presents for new babies. It’s hard to resist these adorable items, but offering a gift to another member of the family could be a welcome alternative. Here are some ideas of what to give in honor of the baby.

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Something for Mom

A typical new mother is exhausted from around-the-clock feedings and perhaps feeling a little less like herself. Something specifically for her, such as a spa or nail salon gift card, will give her the occasion to pamper herself. Another gift card option is one for her favorite clothing store. After months in maternity clothes, she’ll most likely be ready for a new outfit. For the mom who needs some encouragement, a book of short inspirational quotes or meditations may be just what she needs. 

Something for Siblings

If the baby has older brothers or sisters, they may feel jealous and overshadowed by the noticeable focus on the newborn. When siblings receive special attention from friends and family members, they may be more inclined to celebrate the new little one. Bringing the older child new toys or games can make them feel noticed and appreciated. Cookie bouquets are another great option for young children and bigger kids, since they are fun to look at and delicious to eat. 

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Something for Dad

The father of the new baby might just be the most overlooked family member. He may not want to admit it, but a first-time father can feel hesitant about his new role and wish for some guidance. A parenting book just for dads can make him feel more prepared and connected. Even an experienced dad might like a journal to record memories of the baby’s early life from his unique perspective. 

Providing gifts for the many needs of a newborn is one way to support the family, but it’s fine to change things up. Bringing presents for the baby’s family members can convey encouragement for them in their very important new roles.