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{Joyous Holidays} How Do You Define Joy?

by Africa
I hope you are enjoying the Joyous Holidays series. I wish I could take credit for the idea. Joyous Holidays was the brainchild of a {Rock Your Everyday Life} community members. She wanted me to find out different people’s definition of JOY. We are about a week into the series, and I felt it was time I tackle the question head on. I started out with some soul-searching. Then I read some of the things I had earlier written about JOY. One thing jumped out at me because it rang so true in my heart: JOY is laughter. It is […]

{Joyous Holidays} Christmas Day Menu

by Africa
I woke up this morning and realized I had no idea what I would be serving on Christmas Day. I know it is over two weeks away, but I like to be prepared! Thoughts of roasts, ham, turkeys, and steak (yes, steak or was it fajitas?) danced through my head. Then I remembered two things almost at the same time: Hubby said not to go crazy extravagant with Christmas dinner, and My daughter will be with her dad for Christmas. That means it will be hubby, son, and me. My son is a grazer, so thinking he will sit and […]

{Joyous Holidays} Gifts of Experience

by Africa
I love making homemade goodies and crafts to give as holiday gifts, but there are those holidays seasons where time is at a premium, and I could easily fall into the holiday buying frenzy at the big box stores or the mall. It is doing those busy holiday seasons that I remember to give gifts of experience. Even if I am not closely connected to someone, I know an experience will be memorable. My daughter’s birthday was a few weeks ago. I did not get her a big ticket present or even something tangible. I gave her an experience. She […]

{Joyous Holidays} Breaking Bread

by Africa
Holidays are the time for wonderful meals with family and friends. So many holiday events, so little time. I am known for bringing holiday goodies to events. Not just any holiday goodies, homemade cookies, cakes, and candies. Things get extra crazy a few days before Christmas. My daughter, Hunter, and I work like crazy to make sure we bake up enough for each family’s household we will be seeing. It is quite a bit as my parents are divorced and remarried. I have three siblings on each side of my family. Then it just extends out from there. My baby […]

{Joyous Holidays} Emotional Funk Fix

by Africa
The holiday season typical brings forward an entire range of emotions for everyone. There is the general joy of the season, but also the added stress of dealing with family members you don’t see often, gift-giving, past issues, and other people’s emotional junk. I’m not saying that the holiday season is the only time these suckie emotions come shooting forward, I have a few other times of the year when I get triggered, only that the holidays seem to be a trigger for most of us. I do have a few friends and family members that just opt-out altogether. Yes, […]