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Blogmas 14: My Christmas Card Tradition

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how I give out Christmas cards to my favorite people. This is an enormous deal to me! All year long, I weigh things to write about in the newsletter I create in early November. I use a template I created years back, including the categories of Work, Play, Milestones, and… Continue reading Blogmas 14: My Christmas Card Tradition

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Blogmas 13: Gifts at Work

In a previous post, I wrote about how I love giving gifts. That said, I have been far too poor to afford gifts for all of my coworkers that I really love and cherish. I give out my card and newsletter to my favorite people, but this year, even that has been cut in a… Continue reading Blogmas 13: Gifts at Work

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Blogmas 12: Favorite Christmas Music

I love music. For the majority of my teenage years, I was a firm believer in the sentiment Music=Life. I still cherish music and its healing properties. Listening to, performing, or writing music is a great coping mechanism for me. I wanted to be a singer at one point in my life, and decided that… Continue reading Blogmas 12: Favorite Christmas Music

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Blogmas 11: Familial Celebrations and Accompanied Stress

In a previous post, I mentioned celebrating with family. I love the reduced stress and pure enjoyment that comes with celebrating with my husband and our dog, but that’s not all there is to most holidays, in my experience. Since being a married adult, we celebrate Christmas a few times per year. Once with my… Continue reading Blogmas 11: Familial Celebrations and Accompanied Stress

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Blogmas 10: Tree Décor

In yesterday’s post, I talked about decorating the tree. But this is a relatively new thing for me. We got our first full-sized Christmas tree just a couple of years ago. Before that, we had a three-footer with miniature ornaments and tiny round lights preloaded on by my grandma, who gifted the whole tree to… Continue reading Blogmas 10: Tree Décor

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Blogmas 9: Last Christmas

In a previous post, I talked about how I like to decorate for Christmas. Last year at this time, we had a down-on-his-luck friend staying with us, and it was sure eventful. As I mentioned, I love the routine of traditions, and when that tradition is disturbed, I get upset. I know I need to… Continue reading Blogmas 9: Last Christmas

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Blogmas 8: My Christmas List

Yesterday, I posted a list of things I’d like to buy my family and friends if I stumble upon some disposable income. If anyone asked me what I would like for a present, this is what I’d tell them. Thinking about politics and peace and financial security, I want a lot of non-tangible things each… Continue reading Blogmas 8: My Christmas List

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Blogmas 7: What I Will Buy For Others If I Can Afford It

I love gift giving. It is difficult to give all the things I want to give on such limited income. I am posting this before I post about what I want for Christmas, because I would rather have a lot of this stuff to give out. My husband: I would love to spoil Jason with… Continue reading Blogmas 7: What I Will Buy For Others If I Can Afford It

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Blogmas 6: Christmas Lights

In yesterday's post I spoke about decorating for Christmas. As much as I love our indoor tree and decorations, it is a blessing to me to drive around and view others’ outdoor decorations. Christmas lights feel magical to me. We don’t have any outdoor lights yet, but I hope we do someday. I love to… Continue reading Blogmas 6: Christmas Lights

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Blogmas 5: Christmas Traditions

In yesterday’s post, I talked about some Christmas-y traditions that I uphold in my adulthood. Since I’ve been an adult living with my husband, Christmas Eve has become almost more fun to me than Christmas day. I love the traditions we’ve put into place together, such as we always go to church on Christmas Eve… Continue reading Blogmas 5: Christmas Traditions