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Welcome! [Jun. 19th, 2020|07:45 pm]
~My Holiday Diary~
[mood |bouncybouncy]

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Welcome to my pre-holiday journal! Well, once Thanksgiving comes and goes, this will be in the holiday...and yeah. I started this in 2005 thanks to the gals at the Christmas All Year forum, so they could keep track of my Christmas thoughts, ideas and happenings just as much as I was. I'm a total Christmas nut, the sheer pleasure of it all derived from the magic of my childhood and my mother and older sister who were also holiday nuts. I love preparing for Christmas and always have, and it never hurts to start thinking ahead *cough*

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Graphics for this journal are courtesy of http://jsmagic.net/xmas and http://chr4.tripod.com/christmas :)
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O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree! [Nov. 28th, 2006|08:54 pm]
~My Holiday Diary~
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |We Three Kings]

Ack, I'm two weeks late! xD Here's today's as well as the missed previous week :)

Christmas Recipe of the Week: Chocolate chip tree cookies

Christmas Idea of the Week: A few party favor ideas

Christmas Link of the Week: Jigetiser Christmas Gifts: Free 3D graphics

Christmas Recipe of the Week: Cinnamon cluster pancakes

Christmas Idea of the Week: The Advent wreath customs and prayers

Christmas Link of the Week: NORAD Santa Tracker

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I had a pretty good Thanksgiving, though I was pretty nervous about attending it because of the family issues. But it went well, and I was thankful about so much in my life, especially that I won't be in this area by this time next year. Different horizons, different surroundings, and a salt tingle in the air. The place that has been calling me home for seven years now.

Here's only a partial list of what I'm thankful for:

- Having a job and critical work experience
- My GED
- Mandi
- Trevor
- Jon
- My other wonderful friends, past and present, who have shaped my life in so many different ways
- Christ
- For being healthy
- For being so aware of everything around me
- For being female
- For being able to absorb information like a sponge
- For having a happy and imaginative childhood
- For my creativity
- That my father defied all human odds and survived
- For coffee...LOL

Anyway. I'm SOOOOO in the Christmas spirit right now!!! On Friday, Becky and I set up my little white tree and decorated it, and it's so beautiful in front of my window. There's nothing like the beauty of a white tree with multicolor lights making its branches glow in such an ethereal way. Then I watched The Polar Express, which put me in an even more childlike and excited spirit. On Sunday night, I went to Walmart and got a lot of the Christmas shopping done, plus Mom got us a pre-lit tree that's quite beautiful and takes a LOT of work out of the decorating factor.

Right now, I'm printing out the customary prayers for the Advent wreath, and Mom's out buying the needed candles for it. It gave me cold chills lighting each candle every Sunday before Christmas, because of the meaning behind it all.

Let's see...I just have to make out cards for my friends now to get them ready to send out, and make a few more shopping trips. And, of course, decorate the living room. Me, stressed over Christmas? NOT THIS YEAR!!!! This year I will relive my childhood and refuse to lose the beautiful magic of it.

It's so easy to lose that magic when you get older. The anti-climatic dullness following Christmas Day chips away at it more every year...but that's because we've had a taste of the eternal and want more. Why don't we make that last all year round, the giving, the virtuousness, the simple happiness? It will make the magic sustain.

The magic that sings in my blood, the spirit within that already knows the eternal. There's such beauty to most aspects of Christmas (except the stress). I want this beauty and magic to stay with me for my entire life.
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The sun rises in bands of blood and storm... [Nov. 18th, 2006|12:23 pm]
~My Holiday Diary~
[mood |awakeawake]
[music |None]

5 days until Thanksgiving, folks, and 6 days until the busiest shopping day of the year! *Squeals* Scary, isn't it? Yesterday feels like September. I'm not sure if I'm going to the big family Thanksgiving at Amanda's house, because we're not exactly part of the family anymore, and I'd rather not be around those who treat me like crap and treat Mom like a disease any more than I have to (I work with the worst two of the family members as it is). But we'll see. This is my last Thanksgiving here, and most likely the last opportunity I'll have to spend time with my young nieces and nephews...the thought is killing me that it may be my last time...ever. Once we move, I don't want them knowing where we are, which means I'll probably never see Becky, Trenton, Gwen, Kaylen, and Brandon again until they're teens or adults or whatever. *Sighs* This really sucks the big one.

In a few days, I plan to have three more Christmas gifts knocked off the list :D I think I'm doing pretty good this year...very little stress on my part, which is good because I stress enough about work as it is. Christmas shouldn't be a time for stressing out, but so many people do!

Neighbors already have some decorations up; Linda, across the street, has her tree up! It's really putting me in the Christmas spirit, especially on that amazing spiritual aspect. And I need all the spiritual I can get right now.

Anyway, we'll be decorating next weekend, and I can't WAIT! Mom and Becky went to Family Dollar yesterday and picked up a couple decorations for me...Becky got me a set of beautiful glass ornaments for my little white tree, and Mom got me a figurine of two dolphins wearing Santa hats and presents dancing on the waves. xD Mom also got us bubblegum flavored candy canes...as disgusting as they sound, they are REALLY good! I feel the holiday cheer in so many ways right now.

I can't wait until next Thursday, whether we go to Amanda's house or not. The wonderful smell of baking muffins and pies as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is on tv is like nothing else, and recalls very fond childhood memories in me. My holiday memories are some of my strongest, in all five senses and mental and emotional mindsets.

Oooops I forgot about the Weekly stuff, so here ya go!

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Christmas Recipe of the Week: Clove Apple Cake

Christmas Idea of the Week: Christmas-themed party games

Christmas Link of the Week: http://www.toysfortots.org

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Ewww, time to go to work...and make more Christmas money (ooo, and it's one more Saturday closer to me moving AWAY FROM HERE!!!) xD I'll post later with my Christmas wishlist...I may post it on that community I just found, Holiday Wishes!
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Bare trees and constant signs of the holidays [Nov. 9th, 2006|04:34 am]
~My Holiday Diary~
[mood |energeticenergetic]

Christmas Recipe of the Week: Sweet Potato Casserole

Christmas Idea of the Week: Take the time to get things done a few weeks earlier than you normally do; shop for some gifts, buy Christmas decorations, get a list going of who you're going to send cards to, and jot down the recipes you want to use. This is going to save you a ton of time and stress by the time December rolls around!

Christmas Link of the Week: Christmas Gift & Craft Projects

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I've revamped this journal a little, making it more pleasing and festive to look at. I'm already getting in that holiday spirit, seeing the commercials everywhere, seeing all the gift items and homeware and extensive decorations/ornaments at Walmart, and seeing the Christmas sales start at some of my favorite mall stores. Of course, that's merely the material aspect of it all, but I can't help that it still gets me excited and feeling like a kid again. I bought the Celtic Woman CD, and I've already tried it out and the Christmas music on it is so beautiful *passes out*

I got another gift taken care of, and before November 30th I plan to have four more done. That will leave Mom, Dad, Trevor, the cat, Stephanie and Catherine if they want to exchange gifts again this year, and whoever my family swappee is going to be. For the other family members, I'm going to bake really nice things for them, so I really need to stop procrastinating and start collecting the recipes I want to use. NO STRESS THIS YEAR, DURNIT.

As of tomorrow, there's only two weeks until Thanksgiving!!! And the day after is when we decorate for Christmas!!! O__O

I'm going to ask in my normal LJ and possibly at Arena if any of my friends want to exchange cards again...that was fun last year :D
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It's November 1st already??? [Nov. 1st, 2006|04:55 pm]
~My Holiday Diary~
[mood |bouncybouncy]

Sorry I haven't been posting every Tuesday like I should have been, guys...I'd just been feeling really down in the dumps lately and it took a lot of energy to even get online most days, but I'm doing better now. And without further adieu, here's the cool stuff that should've been posted the last three Tuesdays:


Missed Christmas Recipe of the Week 1: Christmas Tree Sandwiches

Missed Christmas Link of the Week 1: Elfster Secret Santa Exchange

Missed Christmas Idea of the Week 1: Scrapbooks Etc.


Missed Christmas Recipe of the Week 2: White Christmas

Missed Christmas Link of the Week 2: Organized Christmas

Missed Christmas Idea of the Week 2: Noel's Walnut Mouse craft


Missed Christmas Recipe of the Week 3: Butterscotch Crisps

Missed Christmas Link of the Week 3: Dreamland Magic Christmas

Missed Christmas Idea of the Week 3: ChristmasPrincess's Snowglobes


I'll stay caught up from now on :) I'll write a more detailed entry later today or tomorrow!
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(no subject) [Oct. 10th, 2006|02:46 am]
~My Holiday Diary~
[mood |energeticenergetic]

Christmas Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Meringue StarsCollapse )

Christmas Link of the Week: http://www.jinglebelljukebox.com

Christmas Idea of the Week: ChristmasPrincess's Cinnamon Ornaments

I hope you enjoy these :) I'll be posting more every Monday from now until December 18th.

I started posting again at the CAY forum...it's so good to be back! I love the atmosphere there and the contagious holiday excitement, it's awesome :D I haven't done much else today, Christmas-wise, except listen to a few songs on the Jingle Bell Jukebox. Pretty soon here I'm going to comprise a list of things I want to cook/bake from Thanksgiving to Christmas *looks at monumental collection of recipes...uh oh* Bwahaha, anyway...time for more tea! *Moseys off, grabbing her hoodie because it's deliciously cool here in the house*
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Signs of the season [Oct. 6th, 2006|02:30 am]
~My Holiday Diary~
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |The rain]

At Walmart, the signs of Christmas are already popping up! In the Halloween section, where the gardening stuff is the rest of the year, the holiday stuff is quickly springing up like so many weeds. In the home section, there are sets of red and green plastic dinnerware and cups with cute snowmen out, plus beautiful Holiday Time glass candles in different Christmas scents for only a dollar each (I bought the Vanilla Truffle one...it smells AMAZING!).

I have a better idea on what to get Mandi and my nieces for Christmas :D They're going to be pretty easy!

Interested in Christmas shopping a little early? Check out abcdistributing.com and orientaltrading.com :D
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2 months and 4 weeks left?? [Sep. 27th, 2006|12:11 pm]
~My Holiday Diary~
[mood |busybusy]

That's just scary! The leaves aren't changing very quickly here, though the daily highs have remained anywhere from the low 60's to the mid 70's...the best temperature range possible, in my opinion!

One of the biggest steps to moving is cleaning out the shed. Well, I think I got a third of it done yesterday. Once it's finished, I'll get all the Christmas stuff out of the shed next door and put it back over in this one, and then Mom and I will sort through it all come the day after Thanksgiving, because we have to downsize that stuff by...ohh...about 70%. There's THAT much of it. I wish this holiday season could be spent north, but it won't...at least I have the comfort in knowing this is my tenth and final autumn here.

I requested a free Christmas music CD from www.rbc.org. It's a symphony with songs like 'O Holy Night' and 'We Three Kings', and I'm REALLY looking forward to it :D I'm also looking forward to the Christmas music channel that will be turned on at midnight after Thanskgiving on our satellite tv.

Nothing else in the way of Christmas stuff is going on right now, but I just thought I'd update this to record my feelings.

It's unbelievable that Christmas is looming so close, and I want to do so much. But there's no reason to get stressed out over it this time, none at all. Sometimes it's so hard to focus on the real reason for the season, you know? I still have 2 months and 4 weeks to get it all done, and I'm sure it will be, but I just want to be able to relax and truly enjoy it for once.

The nights are chilly, making the stars bright and frosty...I love it to much. Autumn makes me so...well...happy.
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Bah humbug [Sep. 2nd, 2006|06:56 pm]
~My Holiday Diary~
[mood |blankblank]

It's officially the beginning of my favorite time of year...September 1st-December 25th. Today it seemed very autumn-y out...a deep cerulean sky, hovering ivory clouds with greyed lavender undersides...no haze...and a more mild temperature than usual. It was even cold this morning when I went to work, and I loved it!

Without going into detail, my family has split down the middle thanks to the pathetic excuse I used to call a sister. It's been a VERY rought 72 hours, and I haven't been able to function properly. But I can think clearly enough to anticipate my final Thanksgiving and Christmas around these people, and I can't even be around them thanks to her. So there will be no gift drawing, no baking night with Debbie and Amanda, nothing...it's so sad.

So we're not allowed to babysit Becky anymore, which cuts me off by $100 every month and Mom the same. I'm so glad I have this part-time job though, even though my sister is my boss, because I'm still raking in $266 a month and it will go up as I move up in position at work. I'm so glad for this job experience, and how it happened so soon before I would have been stuck penniless. I'm going to need to help out around here so we can survive until we move, so I doubt I'll be able to do OCC. I WILL do the local stocking drive, I swear upon that!!!

Yes, we're moving. Where? To New York state. When? Well, we're hoping before winter sets in, but I don't think that's really feasible, so it might be March. But we're going to be extremely busy between now and then, so time will go by quickly.

It's so weird...last year, Mom and I reveled in the holidays. Mom had a strange gut feeling that they would be the last ones the whole family spent together, and she wanted them to be as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Naturally, she was right.

One major thing before we move is that we need to use up all this fabric we have, so I'm getting some nice gift ideas for at least Mom. I'm SEVERELY stressed on what to get Trev, because I'm just worried I won't have enough after helping out around here. But to ensure it, I'm not going to participate in Arena's Christmas swap. I'd really wanted to this year, but there are much more important things at stake here. I'd love to hold a mini Christmas swap with someone, if they're willing. I love sending gifts to people :D

So anyway, Mom and I have to declutter the sewing area tonight. I want to look at her fabric and put some aside that I want to use...I've got a cute little idea for my sis Cathy and her Pullips...it's nothing amazing, but I think she and the little gals will like it XD

I REALLY need to get to updating Sakura Medley, but I just don't have my heart in it to do so. I want to make a new layout...
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Summer slowly begins to wane... [Aug. 6th, 2006|02:23 pm]
~My Holiday Diary~
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

...And I realize there's but four months until Christmas, and then another year has ended. But this year has been so much better than 2005, so far, and for that I'm grateful.

Everything is still lush and humid and green in Virginia, but I see a few trees whose leaves have dulled to the color of brass. The flowers and parsley in my garden box are in full bloom, orange and orchid colors against unblemished scented green. That reminds me, I need to go pick some of that parsley and dry it for use this winter, and use some of the fresh stuff now as well.

I can't decide what I want to do for my parents this Christmas. Maybe big baskets full of things pertaining to their favorite foods/interests? I know I'd love a basket like that, only the food part would consist of pocky, specialty teas and coffee, and chocolate xD

Family members will get special treats, and of course there will be that gift drawing thing which will equal $25-$50, whichever my sister--the drawing's creator--decides upon. Becky's got her gift put away already, and I need gifts for my two little nieces and two little nephews. I'm still hoping to get Trevor an MP3 player like mine, and Mandi and Stephanie will be getting MLP's. Mark and Jonno...I dunno yet. Then there will be the Christmas swap at one of the MLP forums, and I want to do Operation Christmas Child and the local fill-a-stocking thing. I swear that I will NOT let this be stressful this year, I refuse to allow it. This holiday will be devoted to my God, though of course giving and uniting with my family are an extremely important part to me, too. So is doing good and taking that into the whole of the following year, making it part of my lifestyle.

So as the days slowly shorten by a minute every sunset, I write down ideas as to what to bake for my family members, gift ideas, and I gather more items for Operation Christmas Child and the fill-a-stocking drive. I will be ready this year. And while I won't let the childhood magic leave me, I will NOT be stressed out or greedy or whatever else takes away from the beauty of the holiday.

Oh, and I'm still working on the Christmas tile backgrounds :3 I got two done so far at least!
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