Ecclesiastes 3 already said it, there’s A TIME FOR EVERYTHING. To paraphrase it (and make it even more redundant):
to everything, there is a season. 🙂
And the Christmas Season? I say THIS Season is a time to SPEND a lot of cha-ching, cha-ching and some ba-bling, ba-bling! Ain’t that right, Jessie J? Hahaha!
Since last Thursday (December 15th — aha!), I’ve been spending a lot of time at malls. I know, I’m such a slacker when it comes to buying Christmas gifts that I wait for my 13th month pay before I even start crossing out names from my “Christmas presents checklist.” Ayun naaa!
Anyway, I’m glad to say that I’m ALMOST done with it. See? “Almost” being the operative word. Tsk, tsk, tsk. But still, progress IS progress, people! You can’t complain about that — especially if you’re one of the people I’ll be giving those presents to! HA HA HA 😉
But why am I rambling to the world again about my Christmas shopping spree? Simple — because it hit me. It hit me that I was able to spend THAT amount of money in just A FEW DAYS, which I tried earning for a few months — heck, even waited for A YEAR!!! It hit me that the amount I spent in a few days can actually sustain several families for a month (maybe). And thinking of that made me sad. And it’s making me crazy. RIGHT NOW. RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT I’M TYPING THIS!!! @_@
But wait. It also hit me that I spent “blood, sweat, and tears” not just for MYSELF, but for other people as well. Especially MY FAMILY. And I guess that qualifies as something that made me happy. Actually, “MAKES” me happy. Present tense. Bow.
Of course you can say that spending money isn’t really necessary when it comes to giving Christmas “gifts.” True. But you see, that would’ve applied to me before — waaay back when I was still a student… waaay back when I was still unemployed… and waaay back when the only “gifts” I ever gave my family were “I love you’s” and DIY stuff. Heehee. That’s why I made a promise to myself that once I start earning my own money, I’ll always give “something” to my family. Of course there are still the “I love you’s.” Hindi na tinatanong yun. But you know, let’s not be hypocrites here. Who doesn’t want receiving actual “material” gifts from time time, right? Don’t get me wrong. My family’s NOT pressuring me to give them “something material.” NOT AT ALL. It’s not them, it’s ME! Hahaha! But seriously, I hope you’re getting my point here. It’s all about giving back. Period.
So to my “Christmas presents fund”? Is it a BIG AMOUNT? Yes, at least for me. But is it still a BIG DEAL? Not so anymore. I guess sometimes, you just really have to look on the BRIGHTER SIDE of things! Besides, pera lang yun. Napapalitan, napapaghirapan (waaah!) But putting a smile on someone’s face and making them feel that you actually took the time to think and exert some effort to give them the awesome-est Christmas present you could ever imagine? That’s PRICELESS, man! Heck, that’s even HAPPINESS!!! 😀
So remember, spending MONEY won’t make you happy…
…but spending TIME — especially FOR and WITH those you love — will.
So this Christmas, make it a point to not just spend money, (seriously, don’t overthink it), but also “spend” a lot of TIME, EFFORT, and most importantly, LOVE for everyone you meet — especially for those who are very dear to you (i.e. your family).
(Moral of the lesson: Thy 13th month pay is ONLY meant for buying gifts, presents, and whatnot. So if you think that you can save some of it, well… THINK AGAIN. Mwahahahahaha!)
Happy Christmas everyone!!!
Hugs and kisses from your resident Lady,
Mikhaela Georgette xoxo
P.S: This video might just make you feel better (and give you “inspiration” along the way!)
Presenting… Jessie J featuring B.o.B. 😛
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