Festive Attire

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Today’s post is all about looking festive for the holiday season.  This time of the year should cause all of us to look at the condition of our heart.  Once the results are what they should be, the exterior should match the interior.  If we feel joyous on the inside, why not look composed and confident on the outside?  Here is my December 16th favorite:

What is your favorite holiday article of clothing or accessory?  My favorite holiday accessory is my snowflake earrings.  They are beautiful and put me in the Christmas spirit.  Their clean silver and white color combo matches any outfit I wear and adds a hint of sparkle.

I have not gotten into ugly Christmas sweaters, but it is a universal Christmas tradition.  Beware!  I am going to get deep for a minute.  What a way to bring the world together!  Wearing Christmas sweaters that are labeled as “ugly”.  Most of the time, people would avoid wearing anything described as ugly.  Is the time of year and the fact that everyone does it really all it takes to make it acceptable?  Food for thought.

Stay merry readers!  Only 9 more days until Christmas…

– Lauren Michele  :)

“A piece of clothing is a way to express your real identity, a way to show everybody else your values and convictions.”

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Family Ties

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Due to my lack of creativity at the present moment, I am sticking to the gift theme.  I will first give an explanation of my favorite for this week.  Have you ever received an unexpected gift?  For example, maybe you have been given a coffee mug, and the box was equally as nice and useful.  Or perhaps the unexpected gift is a memory associated with the actual gift.  I hope my explanation is helpful.  Here is my December 15th favorite:

What is your favorite unexpected gift?  In 2004, American Girl came out with a Samantha DVD.  I really wanted it, and my younger brother obliged.  His thoughtfulness meant a lot to me, as did a small unexpected gift that was unintentional: The DVD came with a locket, the same one pictured above.  I outgrew the DVD but still have the locket as a reminder of my brother, whom I love very much.  Treasure your family while you have them close to you!!!

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“Ohana means family.  Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”  – Stitch, “Lilo & Stitch”

From Me to You

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My previous post explored the feelings of receiving a gift that leaves a lasting impression.  What about giving?    Here is my December 14th Favorite:

What is your favorite gift that you have given?  This is a hard question to answer, and I’m the one who came up with the idea.  I think the perfect answer to express my thoughts is happiness.  Seeing happiness on the face of the person receiving my gift(s) makes spending time and money worth it no matter the amount.  An even better experience is watching the receiver use that gift.  It feels good to know that the receiver is not only happy but also appreciates your efforts.  Gift-giving should be a selfless act, but everyone wants to feel appreciated in some way.  For me, seeing the gift put to use is enough.

What is your favorite gift that you have given?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness, and tied with love.”  – L.O. Baird

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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The moment when the ornate paper is gently unwrapped, the box opened with anticipation, and the contents revealed to genuine surprise.  I hope all of you have had the pleasure of experiencing such a special moment.  Christmas lists are made, and Christmas gifts are given, the same routine year in and year out.  But, there is always at least one present that leaves a lasting impression.  Here is my December 13th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas gift?  I cannot recall the exact date, but several years ago, my parents gave me and my brother iPod Nanos.  I already had a love for music, but being able to carry my music everywhere in a compact way boosted my obsession.  That small music player has been with me through dance performances, late night vocal sessions, road trips, and college classes; it created memory after memory therefore it truly was a gift that kept on giving.

Do you have a favorite Christmas gift?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”                 – Sigrid Undset

Holiday Literature

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I am not sure if I have shared this before, but I am OBSESSED with reading.  I could not live without books!  In fact, one of my goals after college is to pursue a job in either a library or a bookstore, preferably an independent bookstore; the cherry on top would be an indie bookstore with a coffee shop.  Moving on… Here is my December 10th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas book?  I do not have a favorite book but rather a favorite category: Amish Christmas books.  They make for an intriguing, heart-warming read during the holiday season.  I cannot point out my favorite Amish Christmas book because, unfortunately, I have not been able to do much reading around Christmas time in the past few years.  However, I can tell you the books that have been good enough after one read to purchase.  I will list them along with a link to a summary of the content:  “An Amish Christmas” – https://bethwiseman.com/an-amish-christmas/
“The Sound of Sleigh Bells” – http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/books/novellas/the-sound-of-sleigh-bells/
“White Christmas Pie” – http://www.wandabrunstetter.com/stand-alone-novels/white-christmas-pie/

I want you to note that I like romance books therefore all the listed Amish Christmas books are romance.

Do you have a favorite Christmas book?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”                           – Dr. Seuss

Masha & the Nutcracker

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I cannot seem to get over the theme of memories so I am once again focusing on Christmas memories but through the eyes of a child.  Christmas is so special to me as an adult, and I truly believe that has to do with Christmas being made so special throughout my childhood.  Here is my December 11th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas memory from childhood?  I started ballet at the age of 6 and continued on until I was 17.  When I moved to Texas at the age of 8, I joined a dance school that was involved in the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker every year.  I was an angel my first year and a Spanish divertissement my last year, my favorite part.  Dancing in a professional ballet with ballerinas from Russia, the capital of ballet, was an incredible experience that I was fortunate to have 8 years in a row.  I did not go on to dance professionally, but I will always have a special place in my heart for dance, especially my time dancing with the Moscow Ballet.

What is your favorite Christmas memory from childhood?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads…”                                     – “The Night Before Christmas”

 

Tradition!…TRADITION!!!

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I hope you thoroughly enjoyed my nod to “Fiddler on the Roof” because I thoroughly enjoyed belting out the song.  Moving on to all things Christmas, here is my December 10th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?  My favorite family tradition is not one that has been passed down from generation to generation nor is it one that has been around since my birth.  My favorite family tradition started in 2009 (only 4 years ago); I am not quite sure how the idea came about, but since then, my family has attended the movie theater at least once around Christmas time, usually on Christmas Eve, Christmas day, or the day after Christmas.  The first year we went, it was Christmas Eve; we saw “Sherlock Holmes” and came out to a blanket of snow.  Not too shabby!  This year, we are planning to see “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.”  We saw The Hobbit last year so we are all eagerly awaiting the sequel.  What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.”  – Roman Polanski