25 Days Before Christmas: We Did This🧚‍♂️🧚

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With Love and Light,

Nova

26 Days Before Christmas: Snowman

Frosty the snowman 😉 We can’t forget all the others that have seen Winters of years past!

These are pixabay images 😀 Free for use!

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Then we’ve got all the fun snowmen bring to boys and girls❄️⛄❄️☃️

Hope you take a moment and enjoy all parts of this Christmas season!

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastè

27 Days Before Christmas: Elf

Two Elfs come to mind… One is the mischief,…. oh wait… they both are.. actually!

The Elf on the Shelf became apart of Christmas a few years ago. I didn’t jump on the bandwagon, as I usually don’t. Over the years, I’ve seen amazing and creative scenarios Mr Elf got himself into. To be honest, they’re quite comical. This year, I think I’m going to try and participate.

There’s a ton of ideas on Pinterest!

Then, we have this crazy fun loving elf. He reminds us of the unexpected joy that Christmas can be… If we let it. He shows us that stopping for a few minutes to see Santa, begins with allowing the child in us to live.

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Let’s be honest, Santa can’t handle all the deliveries by himself.

So that’s been settled!

With Love and Light,

Nova

28 Days Before Christmas: Cards

Have you received an unexpected piece of mail, exactly at the moment you needed it?

It was warming, hopeful, and good. Wasn’t it? It made you smile or maybe cry, because someone invested into you and your wellbeing. Maybe, this mail started a ripple. You may have been the person that was called to pay “it” forward. You may be that person who, then, took the gift and gave it to someone else… Because it’s meant to be shared.

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I am blessed to, frequently, expierence this random act of kindness. I’ve had days when I wanted to hide in the bathroom, and cry… But, the seven cards kept me on my feet.

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Years ago, written correspondence was the only option between individuals. Someone would have to buy paper or material, buy ink and a pen. The procedure took quite some time. That allowed society time to consider and reflect on what a letter or card, postcard or note really meant.

In today’s world, of instantaneous technology, and constant motion, the habit of sending cards is a “craft”. It’s a concept that’s fallen into the “People still do that?” category.

Yes, indeed they do. These Facebook groups have been the source of light during the pandemic. They’ve been the encouragement for grieving children of elderly parents. These groups have sent love to those celebrating graduations and birthdays. These individuals shared in the joy of child births, and humility of Veterans Day.

So, you see, a card is more than some words, paper, and maybe stickers.

Writing to someone, Taking the time to craft each letter, to buy a stamp, to select an envelope, to travel to the post office – none of this goes unnoticed. A letter, before it is even read, has already said, “I care about you. You’re someone special.” And that is a message that all enjoy.

Wesley Baines

When you hold this in your hands, remember it’s everything you can’t see: love, time, investment, care.

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastè

29 Days Before Christmas: Movies

I know there’s a sweet list of classic films ready for a holiday spirit! Maybe this hasn’t always been a big part of Christmas traditions; but, it’s certainly apart of mine.

Here’s a little secret, every year, on Thanksgiving, I watch a very special movie. It’s one my sisters and I watched multiple times, growing up. It’s a film, set in 1944.. In a grand city of St. Louis, Missouri ❤️ I absolutely adore Judy Garland’s role. Rose is the sophisticated, exquisite, and classy older sister. I love the whole movie; but, I love the feelings of nostalgia that it brings, even more.

Here’s a slightly different version… How exciting is that!!

This version is my favorite. You can buy or rent it, right from YouTube.

Now, in terms of my sweet girls, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is their favorite.

As you can see, it was our movie to kick off Thanksgiving.

Other families enjoy the classic Rudolph the Red Nose Raindeer, Frosty the Snowman, The Christmas Story, or The Night Before Christmas.

Even movies such as Home Alone, Elf, Mission Impossible, and The Christmas Cottage have appeared on the list of must-watch.

What movie is it for you? Do you have a special one that begins every holiday season? Do you gather your family around the TV and watch together? Does a particular movie come to mind when you think of growing up?

The memories are the gold in this life. Our riches are of all that can’t be seen. Take time to sit and enjoy one you love.

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastè

30 Days Before Christmas: The Tree

Look at what I just found 😳😳😍😍😍😍😍

The center of many christmas decorations is a grand tree. Here in the upper part of the US, a pine tree is laced with lights, bulbs, and popcorn.

Some families enjoy decorating it according to a chosen them.

Grinch Decor Anyone?

Some were inspired to use poinsettias, certain colors, even pickles!

Growing up, my family had the tradition of decorating it together. We would hang endless ornaments of years past. The stories were told, year after year.

With my children, nothing has ever been traditional! I think I may find an interesting theme to use. A few years back, we had our tree designed and lit on the wall. It was quite beautiful.


I’m fascinated with the intentionality built in American traditions. For example, pine trees were used by Wiccans to keep away evil. They simply continued use of them into the holiday season. Other similar trees, such as evergreens, were chosen In symbolism to eternal connection/life with God! Obviously, most of us know the Christian belief of Mary, Joseph, and the star.

Did you know, in the early 1830s, when Germans traveled to the United States, governors fought against this idea of decorating lights on trees, with chanting carols. They felt their version as sacred! Can you imagine? Read more about it here.

The Times Author Olivia B Waxman, wrote an interesting article about the tree, traditions, and more.

I am so glad I decided to explore this topic today. These trees bring so much delight to families. It’s a great blessing considering its origin.

Until Next Time,

Nova Namastè

31 Days Before Christmas: Lights

One tradition I love doing this time of year, is focusing on difference aspects of the holidays. Whether positive or negative, they have a huge impact on all of us. There’s traditions and history to learn. These details differentiate us, as a society. Personally, that’s what I find truly fascinating.

Starting tonight, I’ll count down the days until the special morning for many of children. The first subject I always recognize first, is the lights. There’s nothing quite like twinkling snow falling, softly from a fallen sky, admist gorgeous color light. There’s two particular places I dream of seeing during Christmas.

WINTERFEST in Pigeon Forge, TN

First stop, Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg,TN

AMAZE LIGHTS FESTIVAL Queens, NY
Second stop, Almost most places around New York City! I just discovered this amaze lights festival in my search. It’S beyond amazing.
Here, little did I know, there’s a gorgeous drive through display called Magic of Lights here in Cuyahoga County!
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There’s all magical places. I hope you take a minute, and lose yourself in the glorious oversized creations this season. Let your heart be light.

Warmest Wishes for a Wonderful Season,
Nova Namastè

20 Easy New Years Resolutions You Can Accomplish

With Christmas music playing, I’m laying here, thinking about the holiday season. It’s a time, full of obligations, stress, deadlines, agony, and fights. That sounds terrible doesn’t it? It’s true.

When December ends, and that magnificent ball lights up our new year, many of us carry full intention on accomplishing new goals.

It’s a new chance to succeed. It feels good to focus on improving ourselves. It gives our minds the boost of good chemicals during the Winter Blues. If you’ve never made any New Year resolution before, I hope you’ll try this year.

Here’s a list of 20 New Years Resolutions anyone can accomplish…

  1. Tell yourself daily: ” I love you. You are enough.”
  2. Three days a week, spend 10 minutes in deep breathing meditation.
  3. Every other day, do something kind for someone else.
  4. Walk the stairs more often.
  5. Spend $10 at the Dollar Tree for non-perishable foods and donate to charity.
  6. Compliment a stranger.
  7. Give out hugs.
  8. Focus souly on self improvement.
  9. Try a new food, craft, sport, or hobby.
  10. Unplug from electronic devices 1 hour a week (not counting while sleeping).
  11. Doubt less, believe more.
  12. More yes, less no
  13. Don’t speak negativity.
  14. Sing and laugh
  15. Turn off the news, as often as possible.
  16. Put better money habits into practice.
  17. Intentionally stay connected with good/healthy friends.
  18. Journal a daily 5 things Gratitude list.
  19. Spend time in the quiet. (Be in whatever comes at the time.)
  20. Let that pass. It’s part of healing.

These require so little money. Many cost nothing, yet, will make a positive impact on your life. They’re simple and effective in self development. I hope you will give some a try.

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastè

Sunshine in Songs

Here, Ms Paula talks about her conversations through music lyrics. At that same moment, God smiled down on me. The warm sun shined, so beautifully, through my window. Embracing the positive energy within this gift, here’s a list of a combination of both songs and sun.

  1. Sunrise – Nora Jones
  2. Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
  3. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
  4. Sunshine – OneRepublic
  5. Chasing The Sun – The Wanted
  6. The Sunshine – Manchester Orchestra
  7. MANY MORE HERE

Have a wonderful Saturday ☕️

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastè