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Hope never fails us
The times we live in
are uncertain but so were the days when Jesus was born. Bethlehem was a
place subdued by Greeks, Romans and Muslims at different points in its
history and was at that time under the rule of Herod, a man known for
Generally, people led
very simple lives and lived under the shadow of their rulers. They were
hoping for a saviour who would release them from poverty and oppression.
Who would have known
that the saviour they were looking for would come in the form of a
helpless baby and that the gift he brought was not only for them but for
all generations to come?
Today, as we rise to
the challenges of a world in crisis, let us
remember the eternal
hope that is ever before us, and how it comes to
us in ways the world
does not recognize. It often comes as a still, small voice reassuring
us that we have a God who
holds all things in
His hands. Let us hope and rejoice that our Saviour lives not just in
the past, but is with us as we face today and tomorrow!
May the God of hope fill
you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow
with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
See our woven paper doves hanging in
our branches? Here's a video that will show you how to make
it for your own decorative purposes!
This is a paper craft handed down from
generation to generation in some Philippine families. It's
usually made out of banana leaves. Oftentimes the weaving
method featured is used for boiling rice, natively called "puso".
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Once the "ber" months roll in, we sometimes feel a
rising panic at the thought of all the preparations, shopping, parties,
traffic and crowds that come with the season. It would be helpful to plan
to have the most memorable Christmas ever without spending or stressing
1. This time is for family! Get out your
calendar and block out the days you want to spend with your
family. Stick to it strictly even if you get invited to last
minute parties or get tempted to work overtime just to impress
spending quality time with your loved ones, don't just spend time
watching a telenovela or movie but as much as possible, have
an interactive activity such as playing cards or board
games or better yet telling stories of the blessings of the past
3. Have a time for peace and quiet. Amidst the
hustle and bustle of the season, recharge by going by yourself
to some place conducive to pleasant thoughts. Thank God for
another year of life and meditate on how He wants you to
approach the new year. Read Jeremiah 29:11 and pray for all
your plans to be led by God's Spirit!
4. Serve the most impoverished in your neighborhood.
Jesus, whose birth we celebrate said "whatever you did for one
of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
(Matthew 25:40). How delighted He would be as we give this
gift! Aspire to give hope to those who have lost theirs by acts
of selfless deeds of kindness.
5. Dress the house up in lights!
This year, instead of the old Christmas decor, make your own!
Cut out easy to do snowflakes
(see this video) or make paper
doves (below) and put Christmas lights on them to add sparkle to
Celebrate the Advent Season with special traditions!
Make an advent wreathe
(click here to know how)
or make a Countdown
Calendar! The calendar can be filled with daily activities you
can offer to God as your gifts for His coming! Example of
things you may offer to Him is to serve your parents one day and
say an encouraging word to someone sad on another day.
Try a new recipe and cook it together with family and
friends! This is quality time you will remember for
years to come and the best reward is the afterward tasting
Gather friends and family for a memorable video!
Write down interview questions for your oldest relatives to
preserve these precious stories for generations to come. Gather
the children for their own presentation. On Christmas eve,
watching this video can be your reunion activity.
Christmas carols around a bonfire until you run out of
songs to sing!
Read the Christmas story to your children and
if you would like their imagination and creativity to flourish,
act it out in a play and let them participate.
Here's an easy way to make a Christmas like no other. Instead
of putting the gifts under the tree, why not hide them and
make a map for the recipients to find it.
your whole family with a retreat. Join church-based
events or make your own. You can also integrate a time to be
spiritually recharged during your family reunion by having the
family, including little children, write down blessings they've
received and collecting this in a yearly scrapbook for all to
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Papemelroti Christmas Products
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Holy Family figurines
in several designs and styles
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Christmas Gift Bag -
This delightful card pack has 47 Christmas
trivia, sayings, suggestions, quotes and more. Comes with a colored
kraft bag with matching gift tag for your greeting! Only P39.75 / $1.14 each.
New Year Planners and Wall Calendars -
with a variety of
designs to suit your personal style!
perfect for company giveaways to
clients as well as personal friends (Please order these items in November).
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