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15 Days Before Christmas: Christmas Around The World

Honestly, I’m not nearly as cultured in my knowledge of Christmas as I’d like. I plan on reading up on this in the next year. Here’s some great resources that can teach all of us the amazing diversity of this wonderful holiday.

Blogs/Sites:

Keeping My Kiddo Busy

Around The Kampfire

Kids Read Now

Why Christmas (super cool site!)

Table Life Blog

Resources

Teachers Pay Teachers Printables

Books

Christmas Around the World: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids

A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids

How Kids Celebrate Christmas Around the World (Kids Around the World)

Twas the Night Before Christmas on the Farm: Celebrate the Holidays with this Sweet Farm Animal Book for Children

My Big Wimmelbookโ€•Christmas Village

Hope you enjoy!

With Love and Light,

Nova

16 Days Before Christmas: Snowflakes

Isn’t it interesting how much snow is associated with Christmas for many of us. I’ve lived in Ohio my whole life. It’s a perfect pair.

For those of you, in the warmer areas, does snow come to mind when you think about this holiday?

What I want to point out, though, is this: no two snowflakes are the same. Never was… Never will be. How incredibly miraculous is that.

Here’s more of the magic in snowflakes:

Then, here, We have a different perspective snowflakes.

With Love and Light,

Nova

17 Days Before Christmas: Lyrics

As a writer, and obsessed music addict, I can confidently say, words are my first love. Recently, I explained such an impact they’ve had through my lifetime, via Facebook.

OK, so maybe not so recently ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Anyway, as a girl, I excessively wrote. It was my outlet. The pages understood. The stories and emotions I couldn’t carry. The anger and resentment, confusion, sadness.. Flooded the pages of locked journal, after notebook, after diary, and on.

Sometimes, I’d sit and reread the filled pages. I remember thanking God for getting me through so much tough stuff. I remember feeling my self- awareness and growth.

The majority of my abuse, came from my adoptive mother. There’d rarely been a time when I felt her approval. Honestly, even less were the times when I heard it… You say all parents are like that! Maybe.. but, this is mine .. And this is me.. As a Highly Sensitive Child.

Packed with days of writing, my childhood would, also, show you my love for music. The magic of words and melodies danced through my lonely days. They pulled me in, erasing everything else in my world. I could breathe again. I could understand myself. I could cry with relief. In those extended two and half minutes, I was free.

And the songs.. became me…

They and I fused into one single being.

Now that I’ve taken care of my mind; and, I’ve allowed myself to heal from some wounds, I listen differently.

I listen to the artist. I listen with empathy. I listen with an openness and compassion. The voices I hear, they’re people. They’re human beings. They cry, feel, hurt, and write.. Just like me. Except,.. They publish their innermost intimate thoughts out into existence.

They are people.. who voluntarily drop the protection and security.. leaving themselves vulnerable to the entire world. Can you imagine what they feel when they hear feedback from fans.. And it’s less than supportive…

To write is to leave a permanent piece of yourself in your path. To read.. And to listen…. It’s too be privileged in the receiving.. Because they’re not just words.

They’re life.. And they carry meaning.. In someone’s story.

This Christmas, listen between the nonsense and commercialization. Others are saying things that need to be heard. Songs are telling us what we may have lost sight.

Keep your heart open.. and allow the melodious holiday to free you, even if for a few minutes.

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastรจ

18 Days Before Christmas: Fragrance

There’s a strong correlation between scent and memory. I’ve actually bought fragrances to help me cope with an absence.

During the Christmas season, there’s so much that greets our senses.

Here’s a list that comes to my mind, when I reflect on years past:

  1. Cranberry
  2. Pine
  3. Orange
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Apple
  6. Chocolate
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Brown sugar
  9. Woodsy musk
  10. Eggnog
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It’s interesting how we’re already equipped to handle any situation we meet. I’m thankful for my gift of smell. This time of year hold so many of my favorites.

Thank you for taking this trip, down memory lane, with me.

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastรจ

19 Days Before Christmas: Sparkle & Stella Shenanigans

It’s been an adventure. Here is Miss Stella and Miss Glitter

Welcomed Back with little treats for Zivah & Calandra.

December 1st

After that, these two ornery elfettes ended up in our Advent tree because ” The Floor is Lava “! It’s a game most kids are playing, these days.

December 2nd

After a weekend of quiet, these two sprung back up Sunday afternoon to a game of Elf twister. You’ve best believe that was a site! All kinds of hooting, hollaring, and carrying on. The girls returned home to witness the end result of that game.

December 5th

While the house was quiet, the girls were at school, and these Elfettes were at it again. They knew Calandra was going to be a bit more excited to color; but, they had two copies of every sheet.

And then, we have this morning… Well… see for yourself ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ™ˆ They are an unpredictable duo, I must say! They found my bows, and decided to ride the upside down Merry -Go- Round. Oh goodness, I forgot to tell you.. the girls found them sitting on the couch, on the phone with Santa!! Can you believe it?

December 6th

These two are so delightful! My Calandra hasnโ€™t stopped talking about them since they arrived! Zivah has been lovely surprised, too.

I will be sure to fill you in, with updates!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Nova Namastรจ

20 Days Before Christmas: Templates

You don’t have to buy when you can make ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s some cute templates to check out :

Three kids coloring cards via Sunny Day Family
These are elf printables from printablee.

Additionally, use everything from poster board printed colored village buildings, to gift tags, decorations, to party games. Pinterest has it all. There’s no need to stress and create anxiety.

With Love and Light,

Nova

22 Days Before Christmas: Belief

According to Webster, belief is defined:

1: a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing

belief in God; a belief in democracy.

I bought the table in the belief that it was an antique.

contrary to popular belief

2: something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion : something believed

an individual’s religious or political beliefs

especially tenet or body of tenets held by a group 

the beliefs of the Catholic Church 

3: conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence


In summary, belief is two things: conviction of truth and result of trust.

When you read the above, you’ll notice the other parts of the definitions:

  • State or Habit of the Mind
  • God
  • Higher Being
  • Democracy
  • Religious Beliefs

Is it ironic that these hot topics fall inline with powerful concepts like truth and trust. I’m going to claim it’s safe to say, when an average person is asked

“Tell me what immediately comes to mind when you hear the term ‘belief’. “

The first several choices are the list above.

Now, if you examine definition #2, specifically, you’ll see opinions and accepted. That’s a personal reference, a matter of individual choice.

ACCEPTED… BELIEF… TRUTH.. CHOICE…AND TRUST..

Belief is ours. It’s ours now. It’s ours tomorrow. It’s a privilege. It’s what a democracy gifts us. It’s personal. It’s a source of identity..

As you sit with this depth, consider the things you believe. Take a closer look at definition number three.

Why are we quick to believe somethings; and, spend priceless time doubting others?

Why do you believe what you do? Do you even know?

This Christmas season, as the belief in all the magic of Christmas is sprinkled on children, watch how freeing they live.

Nothing holding them down. Nothing keeping them back. Nothing taunting their nights and haunting their days. Nothing of their own choosing anyway…

PONDER THIS ๐Ÿ’–

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastรจ

23 Days Before Christmas: Holiday Grief

As the time draws near, never expect yourself, or anyone else to feel anything other than what is. Grief can’t be rushed. It shouldn’t be compressed or minimized for the sake of a holiday. What you feel is valid and truth. It’s real; and, it’s yours.

As expected, there maybe times when you’re overwhelmed by it. In such cases, there several coping strategies you can try. For example, step away from the agitation, crowd, or situation. Secondly, you can head home if you feel the need to be alone. Additionally, taking time to write can help you to hear yourself, evaluate your process, notice your patterns, and praise your progress.

With the same respect, the grieving journey is different for everyone. The consist truth; however, is life’s unpredictability. That said, there can and should be moments when you to feel something good, something light, something positive. Part of your healing is accepting; then, following through, with letting go. Letting go of guilt, regret, shame, and faulty responsibility begins your journey. Letting go of the past, the sadness that connects you with the past, and fear must follow.

I know Christmas triggers so many things in so many people. That breaks my heart; but, my hope is here for those who need it. Hope for a better – than – expected time with family. Hope for a genuine laugh out loud feeling. Hope for a warm and fuzzy feeling. Hope for a first kiss. Hope in enchanted snow coated lit trees. Hope in the vibrations of sung Oh Holy Night. Hope in the Synchronity of our universe; in God’s greater plan.

Where there is hope, there’s possibility. A night when two young people traveled, seeking shelter for a safe birth.. In uncertainty, hoping to find where they were meant to stop..

That’s where hope began ๐Ÿ’— Hold onto it ๐Ÿ’—

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastรจ

24 Days Before Christmas: Cell Phone Wallpaper

I enjoy a fun cell phone background. I figured, if I look at it as often as I do, I might as well be inspired… Or laugh.. Or smile. The internet is full of free wallpapers one can download and set as a background. I’ll supply several down below.

Super cute selection here ๐ŸŽ„

These are so freaking cute, too! โ„๏ธ


Here’s some cute ones from NOTE8LOVE


These below are from our Free WordPress Library

I’m struggling with this post tonight; so, I’m going to throw in the towel. I hope you look through images online, and find one that brings you joy.

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastรจ

26 Days Before Christmas: Snowman

Frosty the snowman ๐Ÿ˜‰ We can’t forget all the others that have seen Winters of years past!

These are pixabay images ๐Ÿ˜€ Free for use!

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Then weโ€™ve got all the fun snowmen bring to boys and girlsโ„๏ธโ›„โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ

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

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastรจ

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.

Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com

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.

……..

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 Namastรจ