Holidays

How I Prepare For Christmas With My Family


Growing up, my parents never really used to celebrate anything, no Christmas light or tree, even birthdays were hardly celebrated and I never got any gifts. In fact, I used to say that my parents would probably have been forgetting my birthday if not because it was always a public holiday.

So for me, it is very important to celebrate everything from the little milestones to birthday and the festive season. If you go around everywhere is beginning to look like Christmas and I just finished decorating my house and I have noticed that as my children are getting older they are beginning to appreciate Christmas even more.

When I am preparing for the festive season the first thing I do is to create a budget for spending and have a plan. Everybody knows that December and January are very very tight months so I always make sure that I am not overspending because it is Christmas or because the year is about to come to an end.


The next thing I do after having a budget is to shop as early as possible, if you live in Nigeria then you would know that things get very expensive by December. In fact, most traders and vendors will tell you that the reason their goods are expensive is because it is December. The best bet is to shop for everything you need as early as possible.

Christmas season can also be a very season because you have friends and families visiting from far and wide so don’t get overwhelmed instead enlist the help of your kids to make sure everything goes smoothly and you don’t over stress yourself.

My kids look forward to Christmas every year and I have noticed that it really helps us bond and talk about everything that has been going on. It is also a period to plan ahead for the new year and set out plans you would like to achieve. Relax and enjoy the season with your family. Merry Christmas!!

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Gifts To Get That Special Man In Your Life This Father’s Day


Would you agree with me that fathers don’t get celebrated enough i mean mother’s day comes twice in a year but father’s day comes only once, Lol. So on this wonderful day where we get to celebrate those wonderful husbands, fathers, brothers and friends in our live we usually wonder what we can possibly get them this fathers’ day.

Lets look at this suggestion on what to get this special men in our lives on this day specially dedicated to celebrate them.  

  • Shoes: This is usually a good gift idea because practically every man likes a good pair of shoe. Take a shoe from his rack, check the size and good buy him a lovely pair of shoes. Better still take him along with you have him pick out a pair he likes and pay for it. 
  • Watches: This are also a very safe choice for men. While not all men are particular about shoes, some actually cant do without their watch. Make sure the person you are buying it for actually likes watches.
  • Cufflinks: This works very well especially if your man wears corporates a lot. Get a beautiful pair of cufflinks for your man to go with his shirts.
  • Shirts: This are also a very safe gift to buy because every man especially a working class man has shirts in his closet. So why not buy him a shirt.
  • Native Wear: You really cant go wrong with native wears get him a beautiful guinea material and give his tailor who already has his measurement and surprise him with it. Top it off with an agbada. I am sure that would put a smile on his face.
  • Football Jersey: Practically every man in Nigeria is a football fanatic so why not order him a customised jersey from his favorite football club. That would definitely make his day.

You can also get him a cologne, treat him to a spa day or if your husband is a bookworm buy him a book. The truth is you are the one that knows what works best for the man in your life, hopefully I have helped you to come up with a perfect gift for that special Father in your life. 


Remember Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, so lets take our time to celebrate them this father’s day. 

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Papalettes!!

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