Blogmas Day 25: Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas! Today marks the joyous occasion of Jesus’s arrival. Many people gather to worship the birth of Jesus through song and prayer.

Christmas Day also brings family and loved ones together as they share gifts, laughter, and precious memories. However you spend this day, I hope it’s an exciting day for all!

Blogmas Day 22: Hanukkah Books for Children

Today marks the first night of Hanukkah! This special holiday is known as the festival of lights, in which families of Jewish faith celebrate this occasion for eight nights. A menorah is used to symbolize Hanukkah, and families light a candle for each night of this special holiday.

Here are some special stories centered around Hanukkah to read for children. I discovered all of these selections through Goodreads:

Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer

Meet the Latkes by Alan Silberberg

Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah by Sylvia A. Rouss

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf by Greg Wolfe

The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco

Blogmas Day 19: New Christmas Decorations

It’s so exciting to see people put up decorations in their homes during the holidays! I’m featuring some new pieces of Christmas decor that I added to my collection. My Blogmas post for last year’s Christmas decorations can be found here.

Here are my new pieces:

Mini Stocking with ‘last name’ initial
Peanuts Gang Light Up Musical Table Piece
Snowy Own Ornament
Red String Christmas Lights

I hope you all have fun with your Christmas decorations/displays!

Blogmas Day 17: Ideal Secret Santa Gifts

If you’re participating in a Secret Santa activity for your job, it can be truly overwhelming to figure out what to buy for your person. The task to choose a gift throughout the week for $5-10 a day (the price of the last day may vary), can feel scary! It doesn’t need to be though. There are a few mainstay gifts you can stick to, that everyone can enjoy!

Here is a small list of gift ideas that you can select for your Secret Santa:

–Chocolates (you can pick up a gift pack from any department store)

–Coffee/Tea packs (these can be available in any price range)

–Skin care packets (face masks and/or creams): you would be surprised what you can find at Target/WalMart between $1-5!

–Small books (easily found at Barnes & Noble, near the sales racks)

–Bottle of wine (this is ideal for a Final Day gift. There are many varieties, for any price range)!

I hope this year’s Secret Santa activity is a stress free one for you!

Blogmas Day 24: Christmas Eve

For many of us, Christmas Eve is a time for families to gather and share their blessings with one another. My fiance Andy has a tradition that entails a special dinner on Christmas Eve. His immediate family gathers to share a meal, exchange one gift with family members, and give thanks for another special holiday together.

Andy’s brother and sister-in-law arrived in the late afternoon, and we shared the special meal together. It’s so heartwarming to see how much his niece and nephew have grown!

Christmas Eve can be a very hectic time, with last minute gift shopping and ensuring that all family members receive the proper recognition during the joyous season. Through all the hectic moments, it is very important for us to be thankful for one another’s company. These type of occasions only come around once a year!

December 18, 2018: Appointments and Plans

I took care of my physical last night. There was some confusion at the beginning, and I needed to show proof of confirmation since I was told that I had no appointment. The issue was cleared up in a matter of minutes.

Andy and I told our good friend from Andover that we’ll visit her on New Year’s Eve. She spends time in Andover (where she grew up) to visit family on certain holidays. Since I work that day until 3pm, it will make visiting them at Andover easier than Harrisburg, PA (where she lives). That’s an over 2 hour commute.