Welcome the Season

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

We welcomed the 2nd year of School in a Backpack with a new life season: We are now officially in the USA!

In celebrating, my family went to 2 events: indoors for Breakfast with Santa at Camp Ta-Ti-Yee in Lakeside, AZ, and outdoors for Winter Wonderland in one of the neighborhoods of Snowflake, AZ.

Our ANNIVenture was filled with warmth from loved ones and the spirit of merry-making around us… the season of joy, hope and love is truly upon us! As we countdown to 12 days til Christmas, here are some simple things we experienced over the weekend you and your kids can also enjoy together:

1. Wake up early and make hearty pancakes for breakfast.

Breakfast with Santa is organized annually by LIONS CAMP TATIYEE, the only organization in Arizona that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to spend a week away from home in the White Mountains of Arizona enjoying activities and meeting new friends.


2. Sing some Christmas carols.
(video by Tugz)


3. Talk about wishes and dreams… while in pajamas!


4. Decorate your tree (especially if you haven’t yet!).


5. Watch a Christmas play.


6. Make a new friend…
(selfie taken by Tugz)


7. And reconnect with an old one!
(selfie taken by Tugz)


8. Support local by shopping local.

Winter Wonderland is a community pop-up bazaar organized annually by a local wife in Snowflake, AZ and held at her home’s front yard.

… Better yet, get creative on your Christmas gifts and go DIY!


9.Write a letter to Jesus — the Reason for the season.


10. Have yourself a delicious cup of rich hot cocoa.


11. Il dolce far niente! Declare a staycation and just hang out.


12. Whisk yourself away to your own vacay-wonderland!

School in a Backpack is ringing in the season! My son, the dude behind #schINAbp, celebrated his 7th birthday on 12/10/2017! We’re giving two families-of-4 each a gift:

  • 2d/1n staycation in one of the premiere spots in Metro Manila.
  • 2d/1n vacation in one of Philippines’ top holiday provinces.

All you have to do is spread the Christmas cheer with us for the next 12 days!

  1. Take a photo of you and your kids using our list above.
  2. Post your photo on your Facebook timeline and include in your post “I’m dreaming of a nice staycation/vacation via http://bit.ly/2AAjWos”
  3. Tag School in a Backpack and 5 of your parent-friends on each post, asking them to LIKE our fb page too.

If you’re feeling extra generous, please greet my 7yo son a happy birthday 🙂

We’ll draw two winners 7 days after Christmas using the app rafflecopter, and announce the winners through the comment section on this blog post… so make sure to check in!

From my family’s new home to yours, a heartwarming Merry Christmas, and an adventurous New Year!

Disclaimer: Participants must complete at least 7 days. Contest will ensue if there are at least 7 participants. If winners do not respond 7 days after New Year 2018, prizes will be forfeited and will not be redrawn. For participants in Luzon, MM Philippines only.

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