1. 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒂 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒚 𝒐𝒓 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒈𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒉 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆! 𝑽𝒆𝒈𝒈𝒊𝒆 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝒔𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒅𝒔, 𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒔𝒏𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒐𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔. 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒐 𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒖𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒔 𝒕𝒐𝒐!
2. 𝑵𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒔𝒏𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔. 𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒖𝒑 𝒊𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒆𝒓𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒆𝒂𝒕, 𝒐𝒓 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒄𝒌 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒖𝒏𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒐𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 (𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅). 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒚, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔. 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒉 𝒂𝒔 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚 𝒃𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒔, 𝒂𝒓𝒃𝒐𝒏𝒏𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒊𝒏 𝒃𝒂𝒓𝒔, 𝒇𝒓𝒖𝒊𝒕𝒔, 𝒏𝒖𝒕𝒔, 𝒐𝒓 𝒗𝒆𝒈𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒖𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒔𝒏𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒖𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒚.
3. 𝑶𝒏 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒔 𝑬𝒗𝒆, 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒔 𝑫𝒂𝒚, 𝑯𝒂𝒏𝒖𝒌𝒌𝒂𝒉, 𝒆𝒕𝒄… 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒂 𝒏𝒖𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒌𝒇𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒊𝒏, 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒇𝒂𝒕𝒔, 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒚𝒃𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒉 𝒇𝒓𝒖𝒊𝒕. 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒔𝒇𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒛𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒚!
4. 𝑨𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒍 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒕𝒔. 𝑰𝒏𝒄𝒍𝒖𝒅𝒆 𝒂 𝒍𝒂𝒓𝒈𝒆 𝒈𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒍 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒎𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒓 𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒍.
6. 𝑯𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒈𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒑 𝒐𝒓 𝒃𝒖𝒅𝒅𝒚. 𝑾𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒆𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒕 𝒈𝒐𝒂𝒍𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒄𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒉 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒓𝒐𝒂𝒅 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒔 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒚. 𝑲𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒄𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒈𝒐𝒂𝒍𝒔 𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑𝒇𝒖𝒍 𝒊𝒏 𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒏.
7. 𝑬𝒙𝒆𝒓𝒄𝒊𝒔𝒆. 𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒅𝒐𝒏’𝒕 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒂 𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒌. 𝑴𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒂 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒇𝒖𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒕𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓. 𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒂 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒖𝒏𝒑𝒍𝒖𝒈 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒆𝒄𝒉𝒏𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒖𝒓𝒏 𝒐𝒇𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒆𝒙𝒕𝒓𝒂 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔!
8. 𝑻𝒓𝒚 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒕𝒐𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆. 𝑺𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒔. 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒐𝒎𝒍𝒚 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒃.
I figured out that the magic is all in my mindset. With everything really, but here I’m talking the holiday season. I used to take the holiday season sooooo seriously. We celebrate Christmas and Yule in our home. Everything had to be perfection. We went into debt buying gifts (which made the new year super stressful). When company came over I would stress myself out and be exhausted trying to make everything perfect, to the point I forgot to enjoy the moments with the company that came to see us. So this year I am setting some Holiday intentions to keep myself present and maybe, just maybe I will be less stressed and enjoy the season I love so much, even more!
Slow down and savor the moments.
Take time for self care.
Have gratitude even in small things.
Take time to log off
Take time and reflect on the past year and what I want different in the new year.
Create a new year bullet list of intentions, visions and goals.
Have a weekly date night with my hubby.
Create a new holiday tradition with my hubby. In Iceland they exchange books in the days before Christmas and spend Christmas Eve reading them and eating chocolate.
Set an example to others.
Make Amends. Apologize. And Forgive.
🎁 𝑷𝒂𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒃𝒂𝒈𝒔 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒔, 𝒂𝒔𝒌 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎
🎁 𝑼𝒔𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒅’𝒔 𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌
🎁 𝑺𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒏𝒆𝒘𝒔𝒑𝒂𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒛𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒔
🎁 𝑼𝒔𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒅𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒑𝒂𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒐𝒙 𝒇𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒓
🎀 𝑮𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒍𝒚-𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒔𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕-𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒓𝒕𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒆 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒘𝒓𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈
🎀 𝑻𝒆𝒂 𝒕𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒏𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒘𝒓𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒃𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒂 𝒌𝒊𝒕𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒏, 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉, 𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒆𝒂 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕
🎀 𝑶𝒓 𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒎 𝒊𝒕𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒓𝒂𝒑 𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏
🎀 𝑩𝒖𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒖𝒔𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒄 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒃𝒂𝒈𝒔
🎁 𝑻𝒊𝒏𝒔 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒆𝒂 𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒎𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖’𝒗𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒖𝒕𝒆 𝒔𝒎𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒎 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔
🎁𝑩𝒂𝒃𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒋𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒔, 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒋𝒂𝒎𝒔, 𝒋𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒔, 𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒆𝒔, 𝒆𝒕𝒄…
🎀 𝑲𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒅𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒔:
🎀 𝑪𝒓𝒂𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒔 (𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒅𝒓𝒂𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒏 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒓 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒘𝒓𝒂𝒑)
🎀 𝑺𝒎𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒓𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔
𝑯𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒆𝒄𝒐-𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒚 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒘𝒓𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒔 𝒐𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒌𝒔? 𝑫𝒓𝒐𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒘 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔!
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒂 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒆𝒓, 𝒍𝒐𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒄𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔, 𝒇𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒕𝒉 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔, 𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕? 𝑩𝒖𝒕, 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒂 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒔𝒂𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔. 𝑭𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒔, 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒅𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒂 𝒈𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒎𝒚 𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒂𝒈𝒈𝒂𝒈𝒆. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒄𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒅𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒔 𝒔𝒂𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒓; 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒐𝒓 𝒇𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒆 𝒂 𝒃𝒖𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒏 𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔.
𝑵𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉 𝒊𝒔𝒔𝒖𝒆𝒔, 𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒆𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅𝒔 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖, 𝒕𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑰𝒕 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒆 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒕 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒖𝒍𝒈𝒆, 𝒐𝒓 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒆𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒈𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏.
𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒏𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒃𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒚 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒆𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖’𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔. 𝑰𝒕 𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒖𝒑 𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒐 𝒎𝒖𝒄𝒉 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝒂 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒚 𝒅𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒓. 𝑰’𝒅 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒗𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒊𝒑𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝒔𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏.
*𝑨𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔, 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒂 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒂 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒄𝒌 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒅𝒐𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒓 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕, 𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒎𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏.
Update, here are a few more!
36. Trip to the bookstore to pick out new books or a book bundle you pick for them!
37. A train ride to somewhere new!
38. Seeds to plant in the garden & you could add garden supplies!
39. Camping gear/Hiking gear
40. Start them up on a new hobby.
For the Man Who Hated Christmas
By Nancy W. Gavin
It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years.
It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas. Oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it—overspending and the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma—the gifts given in desperation because you couldn’t think of anything else.
Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.
Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was on the wrestling team at the school he attended. Shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes.
As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler’s ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford.
Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, “I wish just one of them could have won,” he said. “They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them.” Mike loved kids—all kids. He so enjoyed coaching little league football, baseball and lacrosse. That’s when the idea for his present came.
That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes, and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed a small, white envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done, and that this was his gift from me.
Mike’s smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year. And that same bright smile lit up succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition—one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on.
The white envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning, and our children—ignoring their new toys—would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents. As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the small, white envelope never lost its allure.
The story doesn’t end there. You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree. And the next morning, I found it was magically joined by three more. Unbeknownst to the others, each of our three children had for the first time placed a white envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing to take down that special envelope.
Mike’s spirit, like the Christmas spirit will always be with us.
Source: Woman’s Day 2009
Want to add a rustic and yet glamorous touch to your Christmas tree? Here you will find a cute Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial!!!