Best Christmas Gift from Hubby

Hubby’s gift is the best gift that I received last Christmas. It’s more precious than jewelries and more beautiful than any material things. It’s a bible.

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Hubby knows that I am attending bible study every Thursday that’s why he gave me a bible in Tagalog version. I can’t remember when was the last time I read the bible. I have learned but have forgotten. Now, that I regained my spirituality, the thing is to keep on track. Have a devotion, read the bible everyday and get in touch with the hearts and souls of others.

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Our Gift

I am sorry if I keep on blogging about Tita Cora. She’s on my mind every single minute. As I have posted, I don’t know when I can get over her sudden death so please bear with me.

I only know few people who are as good-hearted as Tita Cora. She helped a lot of people and because of that many people helped her family back in this time of grief. They contributed goods and cash that my Uncle did not need to apply for loans or cash advances. We raised funds more than enough for her funeral and internment. The funds may not erase the pain we are feeling right now but because of it we were able to buy Tita Cora a piece of land on a private cemetery. That’s the only gift we could give her in return for all of her kindness, a decent funeral.

Losing her is very painful for the whole family but I believe this emotional suffering would end in due time. I know Tita Cora is now at peace with the Lord and she will always be remembered because of her good deeds. Her memories will remain in our hearts…forever.

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Gift Giving Protocol

I have received so many gifts and most of them are from Rhonnel. The best gift I have received is the Esprit watch from him. It is not extravagant but it is the very first gift I received from him. I am using it for 12 years now. It is older than RJ.With occasion or not, Filipinos love giving gifts to their loved ones. Receiving gifts from the ones we loved give us joy. Gift giving can be traced back to about the Romans. The Emperors present each other with good luck tokens. The gifts were originally evergreen branches, and later developed into cakes, to symbolize prosperity and sweetness in the coming year. The rest is history.

Gift giving varies among different culture. Would you believe that number plays an important role on gift giving?

Japanese regards to gift giving with highest importance. It is the Japanese’s way of communicating respect, friendship and appreciation. The word “four” in Japanese is “shi,” which is associated with the word for death so avoid giving gift in four.

If you are giving gifts to a Chinese friend, as in Japanese culture, it is proper etiquette to present gifts with two hands. Don’t give gifts in single or odd numbers for it implies loneliness or separation. Gifts given in pairs are highly appropriate as it equates good luck.

In Thailand, it is acceptable to wrap gifts in brightly colored gift-wrap and ribbons for Thais love bright colors. Three is considered a lucky number.

In Korea, generosity is viewed as a valued personal trait so whenever possible, present an expensive gift. Four of anything is considered unlucky.

It is important to consider their culture before giving gifts to our friends from other nation. Click here for more international gift giving protocol.

 

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