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What makes Christmas special

Have you ever thought back to when you were little and remembered what made Christmas truly special for you?

As a kid I didn’t notice all the things that made Christmas so special.

Now, as an adult and parent, I see what made Christmas such a special time. It was all the little things my mother did at Christmas time.

My mom put so much effort into Christmas, to make sure my brothers and I had an amazing holiday. From handmade stockings, stuffed full of goodies to a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

One of the very special things my mother always does, that I never appreciated until I was older, is her delicately wrapped Christmas presents. Every year she spends hours wrapping gifts for her family, with ribbons and special keepsakes ornaments.

I, on the other hand, am not that patient. I throw that wrapping paper on or put them in gift bags. But there is something so special about the way my mom puts so much love into her wrapping, you almost feel ashamed to tear it open.

My mom also spends days making homemade candy for all her friends and family. Now I have joined in on that tradition and make sure all my neighbors, friends and family can enjoy the candy recipes my mom started many many years ago.

It’s funny how we rush through Christmas. We rush to wrap presents, we buy things instead of making them and we make it stressful.

I asked my mom what special memory she had from Christmas when she was little. She told me about how my granny would take hours delicately placing icicles on her Christmas tree. To me that is a special memory, her mother was taking the time to make the tree beautiful for her family.

So, I think we all should take more time to really make Christmas special. It’s not always about how much money you spend, but how much thought and time you spend to make it the best.

My mom truly made Christmas special and still does. Hopefully I can make Christmas as special for my kids as she did for me.

Dedicated to my mom Janice Webb, thank you for always making Christmas great!!

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My Favorite Holiday Looks

I know there may not be a lot going on this Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock your holiday outfits.

Whether it’s holiday looks for your family Christmas photos or just an outfit to slay Christmas at home. I have some hot looks for you this holiday season.

How cute is this outfit! This would be perfect for holiday photos.

This outfit would be perfect for a casual Christmas look.

How adorable is this outfit. Burgundy is a great color for the holidays.

This buffalo plaid hoodie would be a great look for all that Christmas shopping.

This burgundy and leopard top is seriously on my wishlist this Christmas!

Another top that is on my Christmas wishlist. Look at those sparkles!

Christmas graphic tees are a must have this holiday season.

This dress is perfect for all those Christmas parties!

Don’t forget about New Years! These looks are perfect for bringing in the New Year!

I hope you enjoy these holiday looks as much as I do!

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12 Days of Christmas Memories

Christmas is such a special time of year.  Spending time with your loved ones,  all the pretty lights everywhere and getting to make precious memories with your little ones.

This year Christmas may be a little different because of the pandemic.  All the things we look forward to every year have already been canceled.

Every year I take pride in making unforgettable memories with my kiddos. One year I actually made 12 gift boxes with a special gift inside each one, giving them details for a different Christmas activities.

It was a lot of work, but so worth it.

I would like to share our 12 days of Christmas fun so that maybe you and your kids can share in making some great Christmas memories.

1st Day- Grinch Night

On the first day of Christmas we watched the Grinch and made a grinch treat. Adding green food coloring to treats can turn them into a grinchy treat.

2nd Day- Polar Express Night

On the second day of Christmas we boarded the Polar Express. Every year I surprise my kids with Polar Express tickets and we load the car with Christmas snacks to go look at Christmas lights.

3rd Day- Snow ball fight

On the third day of Christmas we had a cotton ball snow ball fight!! It was a blast!

4th Day- Christmas Movie

On the fourth day of Christmas we snuggled up on the couch and watched a Christmas movie.

5th Day- Candy Cane Hunt

On the fifth day of Christmas I hid candy canes around the house and the kids had a blast finding all of them.

6th Day- Gingerbread Houses

On the sixth day of Christmas we made gingerbread houses!

7th Day- Snow Globes

On the seventh day of Christmas we made cute little snow globe ornaments for our tree. We made them from clear plastic balls, fake snow and miniature figurines.

8th Day- Frosty the Snowman

On the eighth day of Christmas we enjoyed a frosty treat (ice cream) and watched Frosty the Snowman.

9th Day – Christmas Picnic

On the ninth day of Christmas we made Christmas cookie cutter pizza and had a picnic by the Christmas tree.

10th day- Spreading Christmas Cheer

On the tenth day of Christmas we shared the Christmas spirit with others. We left cookies for the mail man, we visited a friend in the hospital and left a treat at our local redbox.

11th Day- Christmas Cookies

On the 11th day of Christmas we baked cookies for Santa, complete with flour all over the kitchen.

12th Day – Christmas Eve

On the 12th day of Christmas they got ready for bed with new pajamas and patiently waited for morning to arrive.

I hope you enjoyed these 12 days of Christmas memories and I hope these ideas make it into your family memories this year!

Merry Christmas!

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Acts of Kindness

Christmas is the time of year for giving. Unfortunately, we get so wrapped up in the wants and needs of our kids, that we forget to give to others in need.

Christmas can be a very hard time for some. Whether it is not having enough money to have Christmas, memories of a loved one lost at Christmas time or being alone for Christmas.

So I think it is important to remember those that are suffering through the holiday time. Just one act of kindness towards another can make this holiday so much better for someone.

*Send a Christmas Card

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With all the technology, we tend to forget we can still use the Post Office and send a card. It is so much easier to send a mass “MERRY CHRISTMAS” on social media, but it touches the heart more to actually receive a card. I try to send a Christmas card out every year with pictures of my family, but I too have been guilty of not sending Christmas cards. I received one card this year and let me tell you, it meant so much to open that card. To know that someone thought of me and my family enough to send a card, that is priceless.

*Box of Treats

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Sometimes the sweetest gesture is SWEETS. If you are going to be doing Christmas baking anyways, why not box some up and give to others. I personally like to make Christmas candy and package them up for my neighbors, and I look forward to the treats I get from them as well. Another sweet gesture is wrapping up some Christmas cookies for your local Post Man and putting them in the mailbox for them to retrieve.

* Donations

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There are so many families that won’t be able to have Christmas this year because they cannot afford it. I know that my husband and I have struggled in the past to make ends meet at Christmas and would have loved the help. So donating to local charities or even finding a family in need that you can help, can make some little kids Christmas a lot better.

* Let Someone know You are Thinking of Them

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If you know of someone struggling this Holiday season, just let them know you are thinking of them. Sometimes that smallest gesture can bring them out of a hole they have fallen in at Christmas.

* Just be nice

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Sounds simple enough, right? Well unfortunately there are many that make Christmas time a nightmare. I get it, we are all stressed, but spread a little holiday cheer instead of stealing Christmas joy like the Grinch. If I am a grouch and hate that I have to be last minute shopping, I will at least give you a smile and a Merry Christmas when you ram my basket. Even if I want to throat punch you.

* Visit a Nursing Home or Hospital

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There are so many elderly people in nursing homes that may not have anybody visit them on Christmas. Just a simple Christmas card and a Merry Christmas will lift their spirits and show them that someone does care about them. There is also so many in hospitals this time of year, so the same can apply to them. They may need some holiday joy to lift their spirits.

There are so many things you can do at Christmas to spread some love around. These are just a few things, the list goes on and on.

Just remember Christmas is about giving, not just to your kids and close family. It is supposed to be a time we all share with one another and show love towards one another. 

Merry Christmas and God Bless!

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Dealing with Holiday Anxiety

Christmas is really the most magical and beautiful time of year. It is also the most stressful. Between finding those must have gifts, crowds everywhere and juggling all the Christmas parties and activities. It can be a bit too much for those of us who suffer from Anxiety, heck I think it can be overwhelming for those who don’t suffer from Anxiety.

This year I have struggled to find my Holiday enthusiasm, and I Love Christmas time! I love the glowing lights everywhere, the ambiance of Christmas, and the way Christmas makes you feel like a kid again. But unfortunately I am not a kid anymore, and Christmas has become a stress overload.

I do not want to start hating Christmas because of the stress and anxiety of the crowds, money being spent and the amount of things spinning around me. I want to really enjoy this time of year with my family.

So I have compiled a list of some Holiday de-stressers.

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*Watch A Christmas Movie

I love sitting by a fire, with some coffee watching a Christmas movie. Okay, lets be realistic, I live in Texas and most days it is not cold enough for a fire and I am usually out of coffee. So I may not have that perfect setting while watching a nice Christmas movie, but I still like to snuggle in bed and find a great heart warming movie to watch. Find those types of Christmas movies that pull at those heart strings, you know where you sit back and think “well, I am so blessed”. I am not a fan of those love story Christmas movies, but hey to each their own, if that’s what you like. I LOVE the magical movies, you know with SANTA or even a hilarious Christmas comedy. So just sit back, relax and watch a Christmas movie.

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* Go look at Christmas Lights

Me and my family love getting in the car with some hot chocolate and driving around town looking at all the Christmas lights. When the kids were younger we could decorate the car with Christmas lights and tell the kids they were going on a Polar Express adventure. It sounds so magical don’t it? Well it usually ended with the dreaded “I’m Bored” and spilt hot chocolate all over the Polar Express. These days I do not put the added stress into it. We still get our hot chocolate but we just take it easy and just drive.

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*Bake Something

Okay so this is a little contradictory. Baking can be added stress, well for me anyway. First, I am terrible at cookies but I love to bake them, so getting them right can be a little stressful. Then you got that horrible mess you left behind, you know like flour on the ceiling and stuff. But every year I cannot wait to find recipes and get in that kitchen, There is just something about Christmas that makes me wanna be like little Mrs. Claus. If you hate baking, don’t do it, but if you do like baking get in that kitchen and whip up some Christmas treats, and leave the mess for another day.

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*Remember the Reason for the Season

I think we all get so wrapped up in the buying and what we all think we HAVE to do at Christmas, we forget the reason we are celebrating. Sometimes it is nice to just sit back and remember why we celebrate this holiday and how we can be better for HIM. Which brings me to my next de-stresser.

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*Go to Church

I seriously need to take my own advice on this one. I have let this crazy world get in between me and my Christianity and find that I make excuses not to go to Church. Realistically Church is the ultimate de-stresser. When I go I can feel the stress leave me and a feeling of hope enters. Not too mention that at Christmas time there is so much beautiful music and wonderful activities for your family. Even if you do not have a Church, find one and just go to one in your town. Believe me you will be welcomed with open arms.

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*Enjoy your Family and Friends

I so often forget why I go through all this mayhem at Christmas time. I do it for those two beautiful creatures I made and that big, burly man I married. Every stress filled moment is for their happiness, but I know that a stressed out mom does not make them happy. So I put that to do list down and spend quality time with them. Build a Gingerbread house together or just share some of those Christmas treats you baked with them and watch a movie together. Just remember why you do what you do and enjoy all the small things about Christmas time.

I hope some of these Holiday de- stressers help you this Christmas season.

Just remember it all goes by so fast, so enjoy every second with your loved ones.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS!