I love learning traditions in different countries when we travel! And the most memorable so far is the strange, fun and funny Catalan Christmas tradition of having El Caganer (“The Pooper”) & Caga . . .
TALA Ornaments from @loveclarisse_ Look Like Mini-Parols
If you aren't Filipino, you will first ask me, "What is a Parol?" I did an unboxing on my IG because I was really happy with it's packaging that had very minimal plastic plastic and high . . .
Decorating with a 5YO Makes for a Not-so-perfectly White Christmas
If you saw my earlier post about Creating a White Tropical Christmas and even our Christmas Decor in Berlin, I was able to totally curate our Christmas decor all these years to white and gold. Now . . .
How to Pack Glass Ornaments With Reused Giftwrapping Paper
The amount of waste produced during Christmas is staggering so I want to share some ways we reduce our waste after opening Christmas presents! Even though our building recycles, we know that not . . .
How to Put Up Christmas Lights Tangle-free & Simplified
Say bye-bye to tangled Christmas tree lights! I learned about this technique from a book called Real Simple Solutions. This is a great book that I bought in Jakarta many years ago when we were . . .
Where to Find A Modern Parol While Living Abroad
When we were living in Berlin, we wanted to hang a Parol. It's a very iconic Filipino symbol for Christmas! A parol (/pɑːˈroʊl/) is a Filipino ornamental lantern that . . .
Toddler-Friendly White Christmas in the Tropics
I originally wrote this post in December 2018 on my Minimaluxe website, but I'd like to transfer it here since we use it every year as a basis or guide for when we decorate here in Manila. WHITE . . .
Good to Know Guide: Buying a Real Christmas Tree
Buying a real Christmas Tree for the first time was not as smooth sailing as we thought it would be, especially because we were on a tight budget and we don't have a car. I asked several Germans for . . .
Gold Christmas Decor Theme
We finally had our Christmas decor up a week before Christmas! And just in the nick of time too! We had a hard time getting a real Christmas tree and until I had a Christmas tree up, I didn't have the . . .
Christmas Candle Carousel
For me a Kerzenkarussell or candle-carousel is like a small, edited and modern version of a Christmas Pyramid. I find both these the candle-powered carousels so pretty and enchanting that I wanted to . . .