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2005 Christmas E-newsletter

09 Dec 2005
Dear Friend,
The angel Gabriel said to Mary, "with God, nothing is impossible" (Luke1:37).
If you believe in miracles, you believe in Christmas! The first Christmas was such a miracle-studded event. As if the appearance of the angel Gabriel wasn't miracle enough, he announced the birth of 2 children, one to Elizabeth, a woman thought to be barren, and the other to Mary, a virgin.
Then more angel sightings! Fearful shepherds saw God's glory and heard the good news of great joy proclaimed from the heavens! At the same time, wise men also knew of Jesus' birth and travelled a great distance to find him (and they miraculously did - without GPS, cellphones or maps!). An obscure baby born in a manger amazingly became news of great significance even posing as a threat to King Herod. The holy family then escaped danger through the warnings in a dream. Christmas was one miracle after another!
To each of us, Christmas holds many meanings and memories but it should always remind us of miracles. Our God is a God of miracles, not only more than 2000 years ago but even until today. Let's fix our eyes on the light of Jesus' star so we can find the miracles that He is waiting to lovingly give us in our lives!
Newsletter Editor

In this issueChristmas Craft: Advent Wreath
Christmas Trivia
Visit the New Papemelroti(s)!!!
Red Tag Sale!
Books for Less: News!
Animated Cell Greetings/Cards
Good News for the Environment
Now Accepting Ukay Donations

New Products from Papemel

Christmas Craft: Advent Wreath

Start a heartwarming tradition with your family this year. Make a simple advent wreathe and light a candle for every week that passes. Each Sunday during one family meal, while the candle is lighted, have everyone share a blessing, it will make your season all the brighter! Remember to light the pink candle on the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

You may also say a simple advent prayer (see below).

How to make a simple Advent Wreath:


  • 4 short clear glasses (you may re-use old coffee containers)
  • 3 violet votive candles and 1 pink one (you may use all white if you can't find these colors)
  • wire
  • trimmings - you can use old Christmas decor vines, artificial flowers, leaves and vines, paper vines (see instructions below), ribbons, twigs, fresh flowers or plants.

How to make:

  1. Position the 4 glasses 6" apart from each other on a flat surface.
  2. Form a circle shape with the wire with a diameter of 12".
  3. Center the wire shape under the glasses (keeping the position of the glasses).
  4. Use your a ribbon or more wire to attach the glasses to the wire.
  5. Decorate the wire by attaching trimmings evenly. This is where your creativity is needed. Another idea: you may place your advent wreath in a wide brimmed pot so the candles are surrounded with live plants.

To make paper vines: Using green crepe paper, cut a 7" x 4 ft strip then twist until it looks like a vine. Cut crepe shapes (pattern after real leaves) and glue onto the crepe "vine". Since paper is highly flammable, be sure that the candles are short and safely within the confines of the glass.

Never leave the advent wreath candles burning unattended. Just light for a duration of th
e meal or while prayers are being said.Family Advent Prayer (we encourage you to make your own too!):
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your loving presence in our lives. We invite You to come into our hearts & into our home in a deeper way this advent season. May we wait upon You amidst this busy time, seeking Your voice always. Give us a spirit full of hope and anticipation for all the good You have prepared for us in the days to come. Fill our lives with Your love, joy and peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Christmas Trivia
  • Advent comes from the Latin words, advenire (to come to) & adventus (an arrival), and reminds us of Christ's coming into this world.
  • In Ukraine, a spider web found on Christmas morning brings good luck so many a Christmas tree there have artificial spider decor on them!
  • "Wassailing" was the term used long ago in England for Christmas caroling. It was an old English custom that was used to toast neighbors to a long and healthy life.
  • In ages past, kings and cheiftains used to give gifts in Europe but in Iceland, this tradition with regular folk only started a 100 years ago.
  • In America, where real pine trees are used for indoor Christmas trees, people are unaware their trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.
  • Frankincense comes from Boswellia trees which were found in Arabia, India and Ethiopia during Christ's times. It is a sweet-smelling gum resin that was burned on altars or cremations. Tradition says that it was presented to the Christ Child by Balthasar, the black king from Ethiopia or Saba. The trade of frankincense was at its height during the Roman Empire and was regarded as valuable as gems or precious metals.
  • President Teddy Roosevelt banned a Christmas tree into the White House because he was an environmentalist.

Visit the New Papemelroti(s)!!!
Just when you thought Papemelroti shops can't get any nearer your location, 3 new branches have all popped up right in time for the Christmas season! The first is Papemelroti Casa Susana in Alabang, opened June 2005. This branch is for the shopper who hates crowds. It's also a good place to just hang out as it's right beside a spacious Books for Less branch. Pick a book, order some coffee or hot choco and you're all set for some great
personal time. To visit, it's right beside the parking area in Madrigal Ave. see map online

Next on the list is Papemelroti San Lazaro, Manila opened just this November. It's got everything a Papemelroti buyer wants! Our newest items and ever popular products are available here in a very accessible location beside the mall entrance and National bookstore.

Just this week, a Papemelroti space is open at Gateway Mall on the 4th floor at the Everything Christmas Bazaar. We will be there 'til January 2006. Also there are other gift shops, toys and activity stalls. See you there!

Red Tag Sale!

Christmas decor, cute collectibles, overruns and more are now on sale! This red tag and yellow tag sale is only at our Roces branch! Red Tag items go for P15 each or 6 pcs for P50! Yellow tag items go for P25 each or P5 pcs. for P100! Hurry, a lot of the items have already gone!

Animated Cell Greetings/Cards Available

Have cellphone fun from anywhere in the world by clicking to international WAP site to download wallpaper, animated greetings, polyphonic tones, top OPM tones, Nokia themes and more! You can order for words of wisdom, prayers and inspiration every day!
Visit the New Papemelroti(s)!!!

Just when you thought Papemelroti shops can't get any nearer your location, 3 new branches have all popped up right in time for the Christmas season! The first is Papemelroti Casa Susana in Alabang, opened June 2005. This branch is for the shopper who hates crowds. It's also a good place to just hang out as it's right beside a

Good News for the Environment!

Thanks to your efforts along with other partners across the country, Haribon Foundation has reached the 1 million count for our campaign for a Total Commercial Log Ban and No Mining Policy in Natural Forests! What they plan to do with those signatures is to transform those 1 million signatures to 1million hectares of restored forest by year 2020! Haribon, along with other partners recently had a National Consultation on Rainforestation to start working on plans to reach this goal.
To find out more about this effort, contact Haribon Foundation. Tel. Nos.(02) 920-7430, (02) 433-3474
(0927) 760-0092 Website:

Books for Less: News!
Visit the newest Books for Less now open at 3/F Podium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave. It's just beside 7-Eleven! A new shipment has just arrived so BFL has a lot of great new books for you and your loved ones!
It's easy to find the book you need at Books for Less! Just e-mail or contact the TEXT Hotline at 630-9999 (no format needed). Remember BFL has FREE Giftwrapping! For other BFL inquiries, please e-mail or call 371-4539 for details. For branches and other information visit their updated website at

We are Now Accepting Ukay Donations!

Our yearly fundraising segunda mano sale preparations for Tahanan ng Panginoon's (TNP) urban poor communities is now underway! It will take place in January 2006 so we are now accepting all kinds of donations until the end of December 2005. Please label "TNP Donation" and drop at any Papemelroti outlet. Proceeds from this event will all go to the livelihood, value & spiritual formation programs of TNP. Thank you in advance for your participation!

New Products from Papemelroti

  • #7174 Colored Gift Cards for Christmas and all occasions P10/pack of 10 pcs.
  • Make your giftwrapping time short and earth-friendly with these #96 Christmas Miracle Kraft Bags in maroon and dark green colors. Features inspiring words for this season of hope. Comes in a variety of sizes and reasonable prices.
  • scrapbooks
  • Clearbook Covered Binders with our newest Papemelroti designs are P198/ $5.70 each.
  • #201-166 Metal Chimes with bronze antique finish. Available are 6 new designs including sailboat, fishes, balloon, and turtle. Price range: P280/ $8 to P450/ $13 each.
  • #212-1 Calico Fans are pretty as well as practical. Available in blue and bright pink. P29 / $0.83 each.
  • New Pillow Designs featuring the Teen Series "We're not supposed to be perfect" in hot pink colors.
  • More new boxes!
  • More scrapbook sizes and designs!
  • Get Kerygma Magazine's Dec. 2005 issue features "I, Why - discover your purpose in life" P50 / $1.43 and Real Living's issues featuring Condo Living.
  • More items at the shops!!!
*Please take note of the Item Codes if you wish to look up the items at our shops.

Papemelroti branches are located at: SM City North EDSA 9285828, SM Fairview 9393594, Ali Mall Cubao 9111267, SM Centerpoint 7161580, Glorietta II 8935477, SM Southmall 8064578, SM Megamall 6341270, Sta Lucia East Grand Mall, Robinson's Place Manila, 91 Roces Avenue 3751069/ 3742442.

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