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Blogmas 25: Christmas is Here!

We made it to Christmas! I have had a lot of anxiety this season, and I don’t think it will get better yet. I'm handling it well, I think, with lots of coping skills from years of therapy, support from Jason, and as-needed emergency medication. This year was strange. We didn’t follow many of our… Continue reading Blogmas 25: Christmas is Here!

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Blogmas 24: Snow!

This post is about snow, because it snowed today for the first time this season. For a post about my Christmas Eve traditions, check out this post! Today, it snowed. I think snow is beautiful. I worry about driving when it’s slick, but I haven’t had to in years. Snow is more fun for me… Continue reading Blogmas 24: Snow!

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Blogmas 23: Minimalism and Re-Gifting at Christmas

In my husband’s large family, we choose not to buy gifts for everyone. We always play a couple of games, one with his mom’s side and one with his dad’s. These games can be very fun to participate in, which I did today. However, I typically end up with something that is not very “me”.… Continue reading Blogmas 23: Minimalism and Re-Gifting at Christmas

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Blogmas 22: Self Care for Lack of Structure During Christmas

Today is my first day of winter break. In a previous post, I mentioned that Christmas is hard on my family financially because I miss a paycheck for winter break. That’s not the only way Christmas is hard on me, though. The lack of routine and unstructured time is tough, too. Note, however, that this… Continue reading Blogmas 22: Self Care for Lack of Structure During Christmas

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Blogmas 21: Santa: Do You Believe?

I have considered parenting decisions a lot, especially considering I am not a parent. Something I’ve thought about is Santa. I used to be ambivalent, and then I was adamantly sure I wouldn’t let my kids buy into the idea of Santa. Today with my class, we visited a Santa. Seeing these kids and how… Continue reading Blogmas 21: Santa: Do You Believe?

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Blogmas 20: Working Retail During the Christmas Season

As I have previously mentioned, I work in an elementary school. But before that, I worked for four years in a shoe store. Retail Christmas is something I hope I don’t have to experience again. Not only did I have to put up with the piped-in consumerist music for up to 8 hours at a… Continue reading Blogmas 20: Working Retail During the Christmas Season

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Blogmas 19: Santa, Superman

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how I work with kids who get excited about Santa. Every year I think about how I don’t remember giving much thought to Santa, I'm not sure if he was talked about too much in my house. I remember we didn’t talk about the Easter bunny, so I think it’s… Continue reading Blogmas 19: Santa, Superman

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Blogmas 18: Christmas Season Working with Kids

In my previous post, (and two others, 13, and my newsletter) I mentioned that I work in an elementary school. I have been in that position for the past 6 years. It is a great job, and I love it. Working with children every day has made every holiday more enjoyable for me. For Christmas,… Continue reading Blogmas 18: Christmas Season Working with Kids

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Blogmas 17: Cold and Flu Season

Although this post isn’t directly related to Christmas, it is related to the season in which Christmas falls: winter. I like winter fine, but I also know it by another type of season – Cold and Flu Season. On Facebook memories, I have seen memories of myself missing work around this time of year. I… Continue reading Blogmas 17: Cold and Flu Season

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Blogmas 16: The Best Gifts I’ve Ever Received

In previous posts, I talked about gifts I would like to give and receive this year. I have received a lot of gifts in my time. From my childhood, I remember two absolute favorites. One was a bicycle. I was so excited! I remember that it was on my birthday, actually, which fell on a… Continue reading Blogmas 16: The Best Gifts I’ve Ever Received