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Blogmas 2017 Day 12

I hope it’s self-explanatory.

How are you sharing your gifts this Christmas season?

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Blogmas 2017 Day 11

Christmas scents!

Aside from the therapeutic properties of essential oils, they can also give your home the holiday feel. 

I posted this picture of three good ones, frankincense, peppermint and clove bud, but then I thought of another one you could add to the collection. Fir. 

You can also get myrrh, but I’m saving my pennies for that one!

What scents are wafting through your home this Christmas season?

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Blogmas 2017 Day 10

Christmas programs. My favorite by far is Handel’s Messiah. I’ve actually been privileged to sing solos from the work…O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Judah and He Shall Feed His Flock Like A Shepherd. 

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir actually does a sing-along every year where you can go and sing this masterpiece with them.

As a sidenote, did you know it took only three weeks for Handel to write this?!

My second favorite program is The Nutcracker, by Tchaikovsky. And then there’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

I LOVE Christmas!

What are your favorite Christmas programs?

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Blogmas 2017 Day 9

What we’re watching Christmas Eve.

I’m not much of a movie person, but I love Christmas movies like this one, the original Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, White Christmas. 

What movies are you enjoying this season?

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Blogmas 2017 Day 8

Christmas treats! Candy canes, hot chocolate and marshmallows, all vegan, most courtesy of Trader Joe’s. And my favorite Santa mug!

You could even melt your candy canes in the hot chocolate for a mint chocolate drink. Yum! 

I’m going to go and finish this up before it gets cold. 

What treats are you sharing with your family this Christmas season?

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Blogmas 2017 Day 7

Sometimes you just have to live. In the hustle of the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the feeling that you always have to be doing something exciting. Well, guess what? I’m spending today just relaxing. I’m a little under the weather, so I am watching YouTube videos, fleshing out a couple of characters for the book I’ve just begun to write, and this.

I’m making out my wish list of the seeds I want to purchase for next spring’s garden. I’m not sure what to get, though, because we will be relocating. I’ll tell you about that as the plans become final. 

For now, few people know of our plans, and meanwhile, I’m just dreaming.

What are you doing to take a step back during the holidays?

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