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Loving relationships and human connections nourish the spirit. This Christmas, I hope you cherish your elders by giving them the gift of time. But don’t stop there though. Look around you and see who among your family members and friends need your presence in their lives. If it is within your power to do so, go visit and spoil them by doing active listening. You may probably find that you are receiving more than you’re giving. Watch Oliver and learn ❤️ The Gift of Time A friend of mine posted this in her Facebook timeline a few days ago. It is important to remember that not everyone is looking forward to Christmas. Some people are not surrounded by large wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. For many it is their…

Most of us can’t be bothered to make personalized Christmas gifts. Daily life takes up so much time as it is. And what if you’re all thumbs, have zero creativity, and lacking in imagination? Well, move on then and stop reading this post. But if creating things appeal to you, you are willing to experiment, and you do have the time to make stuff, then continue reading. But first watch this video of Oliver making something for his be(a)stie. Personalized Christmas Gifts Did you ever have someone make something for you for Christmas? This topic reminds me of that ugly sweater that Darcy’s mother knitted for him in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Priggish Darcy’s sweater was uglier than this cutie’s. Actually, these days you can find crafty people or companies who can make personalized gifts for your loved ones. Just surf the internet and you should get loads of search results.…

In this digital age, a handwritten letter is almost an anachronism. So this Christmas, why don’t you send your selfies with a handwritten note, or even better a handwritten letter, to your nearest and dearest? Watch the video to see how Oliver and Angel made this into a fun mini-event. You can also go to Refresh Those Good Old Christmas Memories to see how vlogger Oliver made old Christmas balls pretty again. Handwritten Letters I remember visiting a childless aunt and uncle once. They were in their 80s and you could see that they were not expecting visitors. But they were so happy when we dropped by unexpectedly. After serving us some food and drinks, she very excitedly collected the Christmas cards that arrived in the last couple of weeks. One she particularly liked was a card from a nephew who lived in the US. He had sent a Christmas card and…

It’s the week before Christmas and we at Boysen would like to share some Christmas cheer. Let’s start with this first video about refreshing those good old Christmas memories. Do you remember those happy times that you shared with family when you were a child? Why not give them a fresh twist and relive those joyful moments? Oliver is a vlogger and he has achieved some success with his crafty DIY videos. With more and more people wanting to do more for Mother Earth, many of us are starting to move away from consumerism. Dress up your home with family Christmas heirlooms or hand-me-downs. If they look antiquated instead of antique, don’t despair. You just need a little creativity to make them shine like new. Christmas memories don’t need to stay in the baul. Christmas Videos We’ve got more Christmas videos in our archives. They are just as relevant today as…

You veer towards a certain interior style and you also have preferences as to the Christmas decor you’d like to see in your home. Sometimes these two things come together but sometimes they don’t. Take this quiz and see what Christmas decor would jibe with your interiors. Not that it really matters of course because what really matters in merry ho ho hos is the celebration of love and thanksgiving with your loved ones. But take a break and have some fun.

Dear Readers, Your Let it B team wishes you a very Merry Christmas. This is the best Monday ever, don’t you think? We hope you are where you want to be now, ideally at home with the people you love. If you had noche buena last night, let it be an easy-breezy morning for you, unless the kids are up and about and won’t let you sleep another wink. Thank you very much for being part of our adventure this year. Before it comes to a close, we’d like to summarize the many things that have happened this year, and the plans we have for 2018. The People Behind the Blog Your Let it B team is composed of two people. There’s artiste extraordinaire Almira, whom I fondly call Mirz. She’s young, fun, with graphic design abilities that belie her age. And there’s me, that someone who has been “talking…

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ― Peg Bracken How would you like to spend an intimate date with your special someone without having to brave the Christmas rush? No need to travel bumper-to-bumper to go to a restaurant. No need to elbow your way into an overcrowded establishment that is more often than not so noisy as Filipino restaurants usually are. Why don’t you do something specially romantic and prepare a divine dinner date at home together? You can really stretch out the anticipation as well as the time together – from discussing and deciding on the menu, to buying the ingredients, to cooking and baking, to setting up the table, to sharing the meal prepared with love. Prepare appetizers and side dishes beforehand, chill the wine or beer or poison of your choice, and while the main course is…

SM Home started with their Christmas preparations early, and came up with four holiday hues: 1) Classic Charm, 2) Contemporary Luxe, 3) Modern Opulence, and 4) Pretty Whimsical. Here are some living room paint ideas from Boysen based on the holiday hue Pretty Whimsical. Bring into your homes the Pretty Whimsical wonderland with these quirky pastel ornaments from SM Home in baby hues of blue, pink, yellow and green. They’ve got sugar-coated dessert ornaments like gingerbread, doughnuts, ice cream cones, candies and popsicles. What Boysen wall colors would go well with Pretty Whimsical’s Baby Blue, Creamsicle, Cotton Candy and Chartreuse? Watch the video below and choose from the four paint colors we’ve selected for you. If you have children at home, then enchant them with delightful decors in the shape of a polar bear or a reindeer which can also serve as a night light for the younger ones. Spark their imagination…

Don’t you just love getting gifts, or giving them for that matter? What about those gifts that come wrapped oh-so-prettily in a unique way, that you know with just a glance that the giver took such great care in preparing something special for you? Nowadays when a busy life seems to be the norm, the art of giftwrapping is delegated to shopping mall clerks, family members or personal assistants who are good at this sort of thing. But here’s my challenge to you: why not do it yourself? With all the ideas and inspiration floating around in the Internet, I’m sure you’ll find something which you would find beautiful and congruent to your wrapping skill level. Have a Giftwrapping Party with your BFFs Watch the video. Invite your BFFs over for a giftwrapping party. A negative point would be you will have to wrap their gifts when they are not…