Christmas is pretty much just around the corner and while this can be an exciting time for festive celebrations, it can be particularly sad for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are spending the season miles away from home.
Being in a foreign country can really make one feel lonely and this is the situation for numerous OFWs across the globe. Besides, not everyone can make the expensive trip back home in time for the holidays.
Still, living and working abroad is a necessary sacrifice that many individuals have to make to ensure that they can provide for their families.
If you find yourself in such a situation, the suggestions mentioned below will help you kick the blues away and have a more cheerful, meaningful Christmas season.
1) Send gifts to your loved ones.
As cliché as it sounds, it’s true that you become happier when you make others happy. So before the hustle and bustle of the celebrations, take time to shop gifts for your loved ones and send them to the Philippines ahead of time. That way, they get to receive the stuff in time for the holidays. To save on expenses, you may also send money to a loved one and then just ask for his or her help to buy gifts for everyone.
2) Celebrate with fellow Filipinos.
OFWs mostly have communities where they celebrate Pinoy-style Christmas parties wherever they are in the world. Ask around to look for one in your area and you’ll definitely not be as homesick as you expect to be.
3) Take advantage of the web.
Thanks to the internet, communicating with your loved ones have become much easier and less expensive than before. You can use Skype for real-time video chats or instantly check out new photos posted on social media. Gone are the days when you had to spend big bucks for phone bills or recorded cassette tape messages.
With these simple tips, you will be able to have a merry celebration this Christmas.