It’s a Wonderful Life: Finding Meaning for the Season

It’s a Wonderful Life: Finding Meaning for the Season

There is nothing I love more in this world than Christmas music… except, maybe Christmas cookies and decorations.  The entire season excites me so much and despite the shorter hours of daylight and the chillier temperatures, I can’t help but smile when I see a house decorated with lights or a wreath hanging on a door.  It’s a special time of year.

I’ll admit, all of that sounds superficial.  What difference does some twinkly lights make to our lives?  Well, I believe that all the beauty and decor that goes along with Christmas just helps to stand in for what the season really means: hope.

The holidays bring us together.  In my family, we have a tradition of baking Christmas cookies.  When I was a little girl, this would be a whole day activity with all my aunts and uncles. Today, the tradition has become just my mom and I as many of our relatives have passed away, but when we bake our family recipe of strufoli, it’s like they’re still with us.  I can hear my Aunt Loretta’s laughter in the kitchen and my Uncle Joey’s patient voice as he explains to me how you have to roll the dough. In those moments of baking, I feel so much hope that my family is still with me. My mom and I always grow closer after a day of baking, because I know she feels it too.  Our family is not lost from us, but within us. In those moments, I can’t help but feel hope that the world is a beautiful place, because my family is made of the most beautiful people and if they’re still with me in some way, life has to be spectacular.

This year, I’m trying to bring this feeling of hope I get from my family holiday traditions to everyone I know.  I’m hosting a Christmas party, I’m getting a group together to spend an afternoon decorating cookies, and I’m volunteering in my community.  Life is so stressful and hard most of the time– I want people to be able to take a moment to see it is still beautiful. I want people to feel hopeful and excited for the future.

When I look at Christmas decorations, I see so much beauty in this world.  I see people just trying to make the world a happier place, one light at a time.  When I participate in gift exchange, I feel so much care and affection. Someone took time to think of what would make me happy.  When I listen to a Christmas song, I smile because this is a season that brings people together and brings out the best in them.

This holiday season, let yourself be filled with hope that the world is still a happy and caring place.  Let yourself believe that the world is good and there’s so much more than your daily stress. That hope you feel inside when you do, that’s what Christmas is all about.  

It really is a wonderful life.

 

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Gift Guide #3: Secret Santa Gifts for $20 and Under

Gift Guide #3: Secret Santa Gifts for $20 and Under

A Christmas tradition that never fails to stress everyone out is Secret Santa.  Maybe, you pulled the name of your best friend and have no idea how to get them a good enough gift in $20 or less or maybe, you pulled the name of someone you’ve never spoken two words too.  Have no fear, I’ve compiled a list of the best Secret Santa gifts for $20 or less so you can enjoy this holiday tradition, instead of stressing.

$10 and Under

Toysmith Mini Ping Pong Set: $5.62

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Tea Bag Shaped Tea Infuser: $5.95

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Cable Bite: $6.00

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Mini Double Chocolate Cocoa: $6.95

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Sugarfina x The Grinch Super Sour Hearts (or any Sugarfina candy makes for a great gift!): $8.50

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Satin Bow-Tied Hair Tie Set: $9.60

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Dash Red Mini Waffle Maker: $9.99

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Star Wars: May the Force Be With You Mug: $9.99

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George & Viv Gifting Bar Soap: $10

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$15 and Under

Acrylic 3×3 Block Picture Frame: $11.95

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Stamped & Cashed Dancing Queen Cuff: $12 but 15% off with my code PIXIEDUST until 12/20

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Keep Cool Face Mask Set: $12

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Make + Model Butter Socks: $12

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Oooh Yeah Men’s Luxury Combed Cotton Crew Socks Pizza Party Large Socks: $12

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Easy, Tiger, 12 oz Goil Foil Stackable Mug, “No”: $12

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Let It Snow Layered Cookie Mix: $12.95

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Acrylic Watch Hat: $12.99

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Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined: $13.46

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L’Occitane Shea Butter Ornament Set: $14

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Monogram Lidded Jewelry Box: $14

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$20 and Under

HoMedics Essential Oils: $14.99-$19.99

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Fredericks & Mae Paper Games: Dots & Boxes: $17.96

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Kate Spade New York What Do You Say Tumbler with Straw: $18

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Hat and Scarf: $18.99

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Coziest Throw- Space Dyed: $19

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Fleece Block Checked Large Blanket: $19.90

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Gift Guide #2: Self-Care Gifts

Gift Guide #2: Self-Care Gifts

We are all on our own personal journeys and that can sometimes make it hard to find gifts for others.  Maybe, you’re shopping for a friend whose selfless and is always running around for everyone else or maybe, you’re trying to find the perfect gift for your workaholic friend who is stressed out all the time.  No matter who you’re buying for or wherever they are on their personal journey, giving a gift that makes self-care easy is always a good idea. I’ve compiled my favorite self-care gifts for this season in this list so you don’t have to stress on a holiday gift hunt this season.

$15 and Under

Tea Time Monogram Mug: $7.00

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Sheet Mask Set: $7.90

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The Mindfulness Coloring Book: $9.23

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Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens: $10

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Capri Blue Mini Zodiac Candle: $14

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Philosophy: Comfy, Cozy, Clean: $15

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$30 and Under

Mindfulness Cards: $16.95

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Lavender eye pillow: $16.99

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LALICIOUS Sugar Kiss Mini Sparkle & Shine Set: $19.00

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: $19.99

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Mila 2018-2019 Planner + Pen Set: $24

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Mer-Sea & Co. Sugar Scrub: $30

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$50 and Under

You are Amazing Care Package: $32

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My Bucket List Fill In Journal: $34.99

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Your Tea Antioxidant Tea: $35

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Philosophy’s Guide to Warm and Cozy: $39

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USB Essential Oil Diffuser: $40

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Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Face Mask: $49

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Slip Silk Lashes Eye Mask: $50

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Over $50

Amped Fleece Printed Throw Blanket: $59

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Franklin Desk Riser: $39-$59

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Paint the Town Set- GLAMGLOW: normally $89 but on sale for $69

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That’s all of my self-care gift finds for now.  I am constantly looking for the best self-care products so I may post an updated version of this a bit closer to Christmas.  Let me know in the comments what gift guide you’d like to see next!