With social distancing measures remaining strictly in place to ensure public health and safety, it appears we will indeed be celebrating Christmas a little differently this year.
Yes, even if we won’t be able to hold grand reunions and big salu-salo with loved ones as we usually do, tuloy na tuloy pa rin ang Pasko. If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it is to make the most of every moment.
So, there's no reason to skip exchanging gifts with family and friends, you just need to be a bit more creative.
Here are three ways to make this much-awaited Christmas tradition meaningful and enjoyable, whether you’re celebrating in person or virtually:
1. PREPARE A “SANTA’S GRAB BAG” FOR THE FAMILY
First things first: ask all participants to prepare a generic yet thoughtful gift.
Then prepare a “Santa’s grab bag.”
It’s easy to make: just get any bin, and place in it all the wrapped gifts! Make sure the gifts are unlabeled and generic-looking to make the contents hard to guess.
Each person gets to pick a gift from the “grab bag."
What makes this activity exciting is the possibility of getting a completely unexpected gift!
Make sure everything is sanitized!
2. PLAY VIRTUAL SECRET SANTA
Take this fun Christmas tradition online by doing virtual bunutan with the help of an online generator—look it up!
Don’t forget to have all participants send in their wish lists through email or a group chat, or even through online file collaboration for those who are more tech-savvy.
Then following traditional Secret Santa rules, participants have to send their gift to their recipient’s house without letting them know who it’s from.
3. EXCHANGE GIFTS AT YOUR FAVE LOCAL RESTAURANT
Of course, an intimate get-together in person can still be held as long as all the participants make sure to follow social distancing and health protocols to ensure everyone’s safety. These include limiting close contact, wearing a face mask and a face shield, frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing, and more.
Book a table or two at a local restaurant that you and your friends and loved ones miss; bond and look back on the crazy year that was over good food and drinks.
As they say, Christmas is a season of giving, and it’s a given to present those dearest to us with meaningful gifts. This year, consider also giving back to members of our local communities, like a favorite or go-to shop or restaurant, who were affected by the prolonged quarantine period.
Globe myBusiness encourages the public to support local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the Gift Local initiative.
Globe myBusiness recently unveiled its thematic video, above, which captures the joyous spirit of Pinoy Christmas–one that is best spent with the family and by touching the lives of others through meaningful gifts.
Through Gift Local, get a chance to be one of the 5 weekly winners of PHP1,000 worth of GCash credits from now until December 11, 2020, by simply buying from or dining at any local merchant or business. Don't forget to always observe proper safety and social distancing protocols!
To find out how you can participate and submit your entries, click here.
No matter where and how you choose to celebrate Christmas this year, remember that it’s always the thought that counts. And it doesn’t matter whether the party is online or offline—Pinoys will always find a way to throw a memorable celebration that feels just as intimate and meaningful.
This year, #GiftLocal and shop from and dine at local businesses to help them recover from the effects of the prolonged quarantine.
In doing so, you’ll not only have something great to give loved ones, but you will also help rebuild and recover businesses affected by the quarantine in your own way.
Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-108338 Series of 2020.