Hallelujah. Praise to you forever. Happy Father’s day, Abba. You are great, wonderful, amazing, kind, awesome, just, merciful, perfect and holy. I adore and exalt you in my troubled and blessed times, Lord.
Thank you for your grace through Jesus. I can never be perfect but I can never turn away from you. I fail many times but I pray you forgive and change me.
My mind, heart, soul and body are a mess with all the chores and caring. You know the struggles and battles I fight everyday. I try so hard to glorify you with every task I fulfill.
Life’s hard but you are in control. You are my refuge, strength, comforter, peace, joy and my eternal life. You know my heart. You lift me when I’m so down and when I cry. You never let anyone and anything snatch me away from you. I await with hope until Jesus comes back to take us home to heaven someday soon.
I love you God. I really do.
Please help me to love you, my kids, husband and others as you will me to love even when my flesh fails me.
So imperfect and insanely exhausted with love,
I used to believe Birthdays is just a typical day. The only difference is that a person is born on that certain day.
Being the Introvert that I am, I used to feel awkward about getting too much attention to myself especially when I get birthday greetings. I’m weird like that I know.
Deep down I felt like I wasn’t worthy and that I’m nothing special.
I thought having attention to myself would take away from others.
Well, fast forward to this year, thank heavens something shifted within me. It had everything to do with being a mom.
With all the chores and caring for family, I kind of lost who I am. The exhaustion left me feeling empty, trapped, sad and angry.
I decided to go on a self development journey. Ever since then I finally learned to love, care, accept, honor and respect myself.
I realized how important Birthdays are most especially my own. It is a celebration of life. It is gratitude for myself and for all that I’ve been through.
Birthday food and gifts wouldn’t matter to me if people aren’t as nice and respectful every day.
Hey, a tired mom needs kindness too you know. I value kindness, respect, love, support, generosity and encouragement more than these things.
So I fully celebrated my birthday this 2018! Since my birthday falls under the same date as the National Disc Jockey day, I played Hanson music all day while I reminisced my blissful journey.
Come join me on my trip down memory lane.
All these years I have become a:
As a child, I’ve always looked at the world with wonder and curiosity. I had my head looking up at the clouds.
I’d stare at the glimmering moon and stars. I’m fascinated by the feel of cold water. I wondered how things happen and why.
I’d be mostly by myself having such wandering thoughts and amazement. My fascination about life got higher especially when I learned how to read when I became 5 years old.
So I became a bookworm – I read science books, story books and had fun with coloring books.
The library and bookstores are paradise to me.
2.Poet. I wrote my first poetry about a clock when I was 12 years old. It had rhymes in 2 verses.
I published my first poetry book online last year. It was one of the highlights of successes I had!
Just the feeling of publishing it is so blissfully fulfilling for me. My very first masterpiece brought to life.
Traveling is always a beautiful experience. I started travelling at 12 years old.
Dad took us on a tour to Indonesia, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. We had business class flights and a master suite.
Indonesia is almost like home because the climate was similar. It has rich and colorful sculptures.
Australia has awesome ambiance and wildlife. People were very friendly, the weather’s great. I love the Kangaroos and Koalas.
Singapore is soooo unbelievably clean! I find the Merlion interesting.
Hong Kong seems like a busy place. It has great shopping malls. Mom tagged me along to America when I graduated High School.
We stayed at my aunt in Los Angeles for a month. It’s cold! We visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Queen Mary, Las Vegas and Arizona. I fell in love with their Cheesecake and pizza.
It was love at first sight! – especially Taylor Hanson. I came across Hanson’s first music video “MMmbop.”
They sound really good and I couldn’t get enough of their songs. My bedroom walls were plastered with posters of them.
I had their albums on cd and cassette tapes. I would listen to them all day. I’d watch my Hanson video every birthday I had. It always completed my day.
5. Soprano 1.
I auditioned to be part of our chorale in College. The vocal trainor classified my voice as Soprano 1.
Been singing the high note melodies along with fellow Sopranos, Tenors and Altos.
We had our concert when I lost my voice for a while.0_o’ As the curtains raised, my voice came back. I was able to sing.
I started keeping a journal at 17. I’d pour my heart and soul in it. I wrote more than I could speak.
I’d use some sort of an ambiguous or ambivalent words. So I’d be the only one who’d know what it meant. Writing always made me feel better.
I kept my first blog at 19. It was called “Soul of Irony and Bliss.” It was like an online journal with mysterious poetic writing style into it.
I wrote about love. I wrote movie reviews about “Hurtlocker,” “Sweet November” and the “Lake House.”
I became a News Writer for our College School paper at 18. I tried out as a News writer for our College journal and got in!
I was so happy. It was my first time to see my work published.
I climbed up the Editorial Ladder and became a Features writer. I learned to write in Features style.Since I had to interview people, it helped me overcome my shyness.
The best part of being part of the Editorial Board is to have my own column or section where I write my opinion as an article. My column was called Spotlight.
A year after, I stepped up as Managing Editor. I managed the publishing funds and edited articles.
I wrote critic views about studying and an inspirational about Happiness in Individualism.
As a College senior, I took over as an Editor-in-Chief at 21. I managed to handle a group of writers, artists, photographers and editorial board.
We successfully published 4 newspapers and a literary folio.
Right after graduation, I became an online Research Writer. I worked at home for 2 years.
I got the 3rd place Savant Writer title for writing the most number of pages. I won a cash incentive of P10,000.
It was such an honor for me that my hard work paid off.
7. 3rd place Dean’s Lister.
After a heart break, I kept studying. There was so much to do.
I was reading chapters of books on all my major subjects ahead of time, reviewing the current topics of each and writing my written and verbal report too.
I was so busy. To my surprise, I made it to the top honorable students.
Maintaining an above 90% grade on major subjects is challenging. I needed to study hard to stay as a Psychology student.
Graduating with a Psychology degree gave me a great sense of accomplishment.
And yet, I allow myself to be silly, weird and crazy brilliant even. Because, why not? Just kidding.
9. Young and Independent Professional.
I went out into the world after 2 years as a home based Research writer. I landed a job in the Outsourcing field.
It enhanced my English communication skills and professional work attitude.
I moved in my own place. I did chores for myself and managed my finances. Freedom is so blissful! I get to do anything I want!
I watched movies and read books all day. I ate any food I want. I munched on Lays and watched Gintama on my rest days.
I read manga too. These always relaxed and made me laugh.
I get to shop clothes, branded perfume and make up. I’d party out with my best friend.
We’d dance away and watch bands play music. I listened to indie bands perform Rock Metal music. The genre took my stress and angst away.
I became business minded and took on business trainings after work.
10. Up levelled Professional.
I tried out for a promotion at work just for fun. I thought about how God sent Moses to speak to the Pharaohs to free the slaves.
I walked into the interview room filled with God appointed confidence I never knew I had.
Everyone knew I’d pass until it was officially announced. So there I was – a Quality Analyst Apprentice. Conducting audits, making reports and attending audit sessions.
At the same time I was automatically assumed into being a Resolution Specialist. Handling 2nd level concerns. Working for 7 years outside of Writing taught me to be stronger and diligent.
It took me 3 months to heal from Caesarian birth operation. My best day was when I succeeded breastfeeding my baby.
It was a special bonding moment for me and my child. I treasure them so much.
12. An Awakened Spiritual and Self Development seeker.
I decided to fix my mindset and finances towards positivity, self-love, happiness, well being and abundance. I learned about Law of Attraction on a deeper level.
I am still learning more about Crystals, Meditation, Chakras, Akashic Records, Reiki, Theta Healing, Paleidian healing, Intuition, Angel numbers, Spirit animals and Spirit Guides. All these knowledge inspires me to be a better version of myself.
13. Professional Blogger.
I built this blog and named it The Rising Bliss. I have been writing blog posts on it consistently once a week.
It kept me happy. I am able to reach out to people and serve the world with my passion.
14. Graphic Designer.
I have been editing and designing graphics for my blog posts, Instagram and Pinterest. It feels so great to create colorful masterpieces.
It was an incredible journey looking at my life. I am filled with gratitude for it and the people around me.
As I was reflecting on my life, I felt an inner bliss. Guess what? Blessings came pouring right away!
My hubby bought me my favorite snack! Popcorn! (Yes, I’m easy to please like that.) I got a thousand cash gift cheque too. My older brother came home with a box of Cheesy Lava Pizza just for me.
I’m so thankful. My eldest brother cooked a delicious Spaghetti and Spring rolls too. Our family friend gave me a box of J.Co doughnuts.
I received tons of greetings and well wishes on Facebook messenger, personal messages and text messages. I was so overwhelmingly happy!
Best of all, I received my first Theta healing. Are you curious just yet? Watch out for my next post about it!
All of these happened because this was the only day I allowed myself to shine the brightest. It is my birthday gift for myself.
The Universe supported me by showering me with massive love, happiness and birthday food.
I wrote my life journey to remind me of who I am and who I can be.
Best of all, to inspire you to celebrate your simple and grand successes in life. We are all amazing.
We can create amazing things for ourselves and serve the world. It all starts with loving ourselves.
Self Love is crucial to harness your power to give more. Keep loving who you are, even more so on days it feels quite difficult.
Listen to your body. Give it what it needs even for just a little while. This way you wouldn’t run out of love to share.
Thank you for reading all the way here. I am humbled by all the support.
I thought of you guys and it made me smile to have such wonderful people to connect with.
I love you and wish you all the great things in life.
Any birthday wishes for me? Please comment, like and share.
I’ll be here serving you with weekly inspiration, happiness and positivity.
How do you stay warm during cold months or winter season?
What better time to cuddle than this one.
So the National Cuddle Day was made for this. It is celebrated every January 6.
Even though the person who thought of it wasn’t known, still a huge thanks.
It gave people the excuse to be more expressive of their love through giving and receiving cuddles from the one they love.
The National Cuddle Day is also a good time to be more loving and caring of ourselves.
I’m all for cuddles. I believe in the amazing benefits it has for our well being and happiness.
Here are the 7 blissful tips to have a happy National Cuddle Day.
National Cuddle Day would not be complete without cuddles, of course!
Spend a good 15 to 30 minutes cuddling with your special someone or pet or your baby (if you’re a mom) in bed or on the couch.
Fully enjoy the moment of having the warmth of your loved one around you and in your arms.
Send a lot of loving thoughts to your significant other. Imagine a bright pink light of love surrounding both of you.
Make your loved one feel your love through your cuddles. Bring in so much love and let it flow to your loved one.
Cuddling isn’t just for lovers. It’s also for moms and babies or children. Cuddles are for fur parents and pets too!
Moms can spend their day cuddling with their baby while they nurse them and take care of them all throughout the day.
Fur parents can cuddle their dogs or cats while they’re on the couch watching tv.
We all need physical touch from people we love and are comfy with. Cuddling is a perfect form of physical touch. It makes us feel loved.
The longer time and more often we spend cuddling, the greater effects it has on our well being and happiness.
It helps our brains to release more Oxytocin and Dopamine – the happy hormones.
When Oxytocin flows more in our brain, it makes us have that feel good feeling.
It makes us feel more bonded with our loved ones.
We become healthier because of the immunity boost.
It decreases blood pressure and risks of heart attacks.
The Oxytocin we get from cuddling also eases pain.
We sleep better when we cuddle during bedtime.
Even busts out stress and social anxiety. Cuddling helps us be more optimistic and enhance our outlook in life with positivity.
Breastfeeding moms also produce more milk when they cuddle their babies.
As for the Dopamine increase from all the cuddling, our memory and focus becomes sharper.
Cuddling when we wake up helps us feel energized and more awake.
We become more motivated and creative.
Over all, the pleasure in cuddling is a natural way to instantly feel good.
2. Up your game on Self-love.
The National Cuddle Day is a time for more Self-love as much as for those who are with their significant other.
Never forget to love yourself too. You can give yourself a cuddle emotionally just by embracing who you are unconditionally.
Spend 5 to 10 minutes in the mirror. Smile and look at yourself in the eyes.
Tell yourself with full conviction and feelings: “I am worthy of all the good things in life. I am enough. I am willing to choose happiness and love every day.”
Say this 10 times. Do this when you wake up and before you sleep.
Cuddle with a teddy bear or pillow for a good sleep.
3. Cover up in furries and fuzzies.
If National Cuddle Day falls on your rest day where you don’t have to go to work or school, bring out your furry and fuzzy blankets or comforters.
Get wrapped up in them by yourself, with a pet or your loved one.
Put on some socks and fuzzy slippers too. Cozy.
If you’re going to work or school, you can wear a velvet or fuzzy jacket to stay warm.
4.Warm drinks and food.
Have a coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Sip and enjoy the relaxing, warm and sweet taste.
Savor some hot soups too. You can find some healthy yummy soups here.
5.Bathe in Warmth.
Have a quick warm shower or have a warm soak in the bath tub. Let yourself be cuddled in warmth. Breathe in happiness.
Light some Lavender candles.
The warmth and relaxing scent allows you to enjoy the moment with your loved one, pet or just pamper yourself.
Breathe in the moment.
Deep breathe for 5 minutes. Inhale positivity and love.
Exhale negativity and hate.
7. Cuddle Playlist.
Compile your own Cuddle music on your computer, laptop, phone or on Spotify.
Play these songs as you cuddle with your loved one or pet.
You can put these playlist on while you enjoy your warm bath, warm food and drinks, fuzzy slippers or warm clothes or wrapped up in your fuzzy blanket.
Either by yourself, with a loved one or a furry pet companion.
You can try these songs for your Cuddle Music: “All of Me” (John legend),” Just The Way You Are” (Bruno Mars), “Marry Me” (Jason Derulo) “Stay with Me” (Sam Smith), “Make You feel My Love” (Adele) “Thinking out Loud” (Ed Sheeran) “The Scientist” (Coldplay) “You and Me”(Lifehouse). Your Guardian Angel” (The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) and “Say” (John Mayer).
National Cuddle Day is so right for being more loving to our loved ones and ourselves.
When we act from love we grow happier and develop into our higher selves.
We become more understanding, patient, caring, generous and helpful.
We become a true being of love. Radiating love helps others become love too.
Just as God made us lovingly out of love, we should always choose love and happiness.
May your National Cuddle Day be filled with blissful love.
How are you going to unleash your cuddle power?
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Are you ready for 2018? How does the coming New Year makes you feel?
The New Year brings me so much hope, excitement, happiness and gratitude. I feel hopeful because the coming year is a brand new start.
This 2018 is a chance to make the best out of life. It is a blank canvass where I can put in colorful moments, wisdom, love and inspiration.
I’m grateful for the New Year because I’m given the opportunity to turn my life into a masterpiece.
This New Year is the perfect time to really become the best version of myself.
It fills me with cheerful anticipation of living the best life that is meant for me.
I know having the best life lets me become more open to receive and share great blessings to everyone.
I’m thankfully trusting, surrendering and expectant of having all of my desires and blessings. And no, it doesn’t make anyone selfish or greedy at all to look forward to greater blessings and graciously receive them.
Learning to become a thankful and good receiver of financial and material abundance can give us more means to be more giving.
We live in an abundant and limitless Universe after all.
I believe being grateful and looking forward to receiving good things is a great way to enjoy life. When we are happy, we are able to make life blissful for others too.
Tony Robbins talked about Primary question and mainly it says, life gives you what you always ask for.
So, are you asking and looking for things which will make you happy and abundant or are you subconsciously looking for events that will piss you off and make you broke?
I’d rather choose to ask and look forward to more blessings.
Change your life story into the reality you’d love.
Simply be more mindful of the primary questions you subconsciously ask about your everyday life.
My dear readers, I have to tell you how I’m filled with happiness this New Year. This is because I have never been more connected to the Universe than ever before.
I know that all my needs and desires are already given. I’m at peace and in full trust that every circumstance happens for my highest good.
I wouldn’t be here serving the world through this happiness and Law of Attraction blog if I haven’t had an emotional breakdown as a new mother.
This New Year just made me cry tears of joy and gratitude, all the days of my entire lifetime I am divinely blessed.
Every single day is a choice to be happy so why not keep choosing happiness for a year? How about choosing to be happy for life? Better yet forever?
Ever wonder why some people are happier than others? Tell you what, it’s not about the material possession, degree, finances, fame or looks.
Happiness has everything to do with a positive mindset.What sets happy, healthy, abundant, successful people apart from others is they are always aligned with positivity, gratitude, kindness, forgiveness, love, receiving and giving.
So being the blissful blogger that I am, I’m more than happy to share how you can have a blissful year.
1.Be Real with Yourself.
Take time to really listen and speak to yourself. Wake up and go on a self development journey.
Do this for yourself because you deserve the most epic blissful life ever.
Take time to look at your current life and reinvent it towards your higher best self. What are the positive changes you’re determined to make this coming New Year?
What made you decide to make these changes? How determined are you to follow through these?
Describe your highest best self. How does your best self live? How does he or she act, speak, think and feel like?
What actions are you going to take to be that higher best self?
Do those actions. Start being your best self from now on.
The clearer, specific and time bound you are in answering these, the better chance of following through your self development journey.
You can keep a journal for this to stay aware and mindful of your progress.
Alternatively, you can keep an audio or short video journal or a personal blog.
Write or just talk about everything you’re grateful for, the steps you’ve succeeded doing, things you aim for and lessons learned in certain circumstances.
2.Spark and Spice it Up.
Expand your talents, knowledge and skills. Learning something new makes life more exciting, productive and meaningful.
Fill up your life with good experiences.
Keep busy and make no space for negativity.
Find something positive that peaks your interest and lights you up.
Try a new online game, art craft, language, cuisine, musical instrument, writing style, fashion, healthy diet, exercise, dance genre, yoga, meditation, running, metaphysics, travel locations, cooking, read inspiring self development books, knitting, crocheting, sewing, graphic designing, music mixing, photography, blogging, web design, watch insightful or fun movies and tv shows.
Mix and match these new skills and create something unique. Squeeze in 10 minutes or more trying out these positive hobbies.
After developing talents, skills and knowledge, now what?
Time to give back. Use these newly acquired gifts to help out others. Volunteer or turn these skills into a money making part time gig or business.
Either as a host, dj, event organizer, costume designer, dance or work out instructor, freelance writer, events photographer or musical performer.
Having expertise to share helps you find purpose.Serving that purpose is a life well lived with happiness.
3.Reinvent Yourself with a New Year’s Resolution.
Turn that wishful thinking into a self challenge for fun!
Just an example, if you intend to save more money as your New Year’s resolution, be specific on the amount of money you want to save by the end of the year.
Decide on where you will use the money you will save up. List 5 steps you can do to achieve it.
Set up a reward for yourself when you achieve your goal. You can think of a name for your resolution like “Money Saving Challenge.”
Every day or every week, you can create a live video, blog or post a photo status on your Facebook, Instagram or other social media you have.
Show up for yourself and post the action you’ve taken to save money. Even better if you can create a Facebook group.
Have your like-minded positive friends and family to join in on the challenge.
This will help you be more accountable in keeping your New Year’s resolution.
You end up richer, fulfilled and you get to keep a memory of the challenge you’ve completed.
Whenever it feels like you just want to give up and be your old less happy and less abundant self, see yourself succeeding.
Really feel thankful and happy for fulfilling your New Year’s resolution.
Rest for just one day and pick yourself up again. Carry on with your Money Saving Challenge.
Read biographies of successful people and watch inspiring videos like Kathrin Zenkina, Tony Robbins, Gabriel (Gabby Bernstein) and Abraham Hicks.
Succeeding with your resolution only sets you up to really changing your life for greater things.
This New Year, you deserve to look back with pride, happiness, gratitude and fulfillment. You’ve made it this far.
Be thankful and celebrate all your blessings and winnings – simple and grand.
Give yourself a congratulatory hug, a victory pose or maybe a victory dance? By yourself, maybe?
I know I would. I’m silly, fun, weird and happy like that.
Forgive the past and let go. Move on with more space for greater blessings than you can ever imagine.
2017 has been my life changing turning point towards my dreams.
Thank you to all of you, for being a part of my life through this blog.
I’m leaving you with this inspiring song to affirm yourself everyday.
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What do you wish to have this coming New Year?
How are you going to achieve them?
I’d love to know in the comments. I’ll share mine too.
Love, lots of Well Wishes and Awesome New Year Cheers,
Are you excited for Christmas yet? Have you ever felt sooo excited that you can’t sleep a few hours until Christmas comes? Just because?
Christmas is the best holiday because it is the happiest time of the year for most of us.
It is a time of giving, loving and forgiveness.There’s just so much magical feeling into it. Miracles happen anytime and everywhere.
It has that joyous atmosphere and the whole world just feels much more alive. Christmas makes my most favorite occasion in the world.
I enjoy every bit of it because of all the effort, love, energy that we put into the celebration.
Growing up, I realized how much time, effort, feelings and money is given, just to create a very special and most awaited Christmas moment.
This occasion only happens once in a year. It is only best to cherish it with all our hearts.
Christmas is meant to be enjoyable so I’m sharing these simple ideas to make this special holiday feel more blissful.
1. Be a Christmas DJ!
Play happy Christmas songs of your favorite music artist.You can also create a happy Christmas playlist.
Keep in mind that the kind of music that you listen to creates a big impact on your subconscious.
Since you’d like and intend to make Christmas feel happy for everyone, make a conscious effort of playing only those Christmas songs that have positive, inspiring, happy lyrics and upbeat tune (relaxing mellow tunes would be perfect too).
Include the Christmas music staples such as Joy to the World, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls,Christmas Alphabet, O Holy Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Christmas in our Hearts and White Christmas.
For a more highly contagious festive mood boost, I highly recommend listening to Hanson’s latest song “Finally, it’s Christmas.”
Another one that you can listen to is Hanson’s “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” from their previous album Snowed In.
Play these Christmas music starting today up until during the Christmas celebration.
You can keep these songs in the background every morning when you wake up and every evening before sleeping.
You can even play these songs all day when you prepare the Christmas food, shop, wrap gifts and decorate the Christmas tree.
2. Bring out the Christmas Artist in You.
Choose a color and theme for your Christmas decoration.
Cut out or print out happy Christmas images and quotes. Put them together into a Christmas poster or collage.
You can display it on the walls of the living room. Add in some Christmas garlands and fairy lights too.
Turn up the Christmas lights on the Christmas tree and switch on the fairy lights for a short while during rest days.
Take time to watch the lights dance and admire their colors.
3. Make Jesus the Real Meaning of Christmas.
If you can believe in Santa Claus, then why not believe in Jesus Christ all the more?
Regardless if you’re not into religion, you can always have your own faith in a higher being or greater source.
Starting today, find a quiet time to reflect on life and search for those times you felt saved from harm or suddenly received miracles of blessing or being helped out.
Reflect on how every cell of your being were wonderfully made, how nature flourishes by themselves, who holds all the planets in place in the galaxy and how certain people or life events led you to the good in your lives.
If those out of nowhere miracles, guidance, blessings and protection circumstances in your life aren’t more than enough proof that God exists, I don’t know what is.
Take some time to seek and discover who God is and how would it feel like to have a happy relationship with God.
Choose to believe that a higher being loves us greatly and was born to save us.
Jesus came down from heaven to be one of us, to guide us the right way towards God the Father, protect us all the time, love us unconditionally, gives our needs, makes us happy and gives us eternal life.
As you celebrate Christmas, think of Jesus with gratitude. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and say your personal thanks to him.
Welcome him and greet him a happy birthday.
Jesus is the celebrant of honor! The holiday itself says CHRISTmas after all.
It is the day we choose to remember his birth. By being born into this world, we are already blessed with the best gifts in the world – Love, Health, Free Will and Eternal Life.
You are loved and blessed more than you think because of Jesus.
4. Become a Christmas Angel.
Give away or donate old things that are still in good condition.
Give some spare change to Christmas carolers or give the coins during mass offerings at church.
Be more encouraging and expressively appreciative of others.
If you’re knowledgeable on a certain topic, share positive and helpful advice to people who needs it.
Post inspiring words of wisdom, videos, photographs and art on Social Media.
5. Get Crafty with Christmas gifts.
Christmas gifts are icing on the cake. It keeps the Spirit of Giving alive.
You can always create a personalized play list of songs for loved ones who love music. Compile 7-10 positive songs in a CD.
Good with knitting or crocheting? Knitted or Crocheted gifts like scarf, coasters, small wallets and bonnets are great personalized Christmas gifts.
How about sewing by hand or using a sewing machine? If you’re good at this, a handmade animal plushies, dolls or pillows would also be nice to give to kids.
You can also get a small basket to customize a food basket filled with snacks or fruits or create a bath set with soap, shampoo and bath sponge.
Another option to give to women is a beauty set with a chapstick, nail polish, a small tube of lotion and small bottle of cologne or perfume.
Wrap in a clear plastic and put a ribbon on it to make it more special.
A goodie mug can also be stuffed with either 3 sachet of Swiss Miss hot chocolate or Coffee, Sugar, Creamer or Tea (depending on which the receiver would like).
Alternatively, you can put small trinkets like a keychain, small angel figurine and bracelet in the goodie mug.
Of course, this gift is only advisable to give to 11 years old and above. These small trinkets should be kept away from babies and toddlers.
6. Awaken your Inner Christmas chef.
Enjoy making an easy and delicious Christmas appetizer, dessert or dish for everyone to eat. Search on the Internet and watch video tutorials on YouTube.
Food preparation is fun for me. I get to make refrigerated cake, tacos, cheese sticks, California Maki, Chicken Strips, Mojo potatoes, fruit salads, pesto, coleslaw or potato salad.
These simple yummy dishes make me feel like a pro! Whoo!
Volunteer to help out your mom in the kitchen even if there are helpers.
It is the best way to have more family bonding behind the Christmas celebration scenes.
You just might discover your passion for cooking and learn more about it too.
7. Wear Christmas in Style.
Have a Christmas colored theme with your family.
You can try to wear red clothes or green clothes or a customized Christmas shirt or put on a Santa hat.
Wear a style that make you look good and comfy in.
Have fun posing stylish, making silly and happy faces with your family for picture taking.
8. Channel Your inner Christmas Paparazziness.
You can document a video and capture photographs of everything from the preparation down to the celebration.
A smart phone, video camera or good digital camera should do the trick.
You can shoot photographs of the Christmas decorations, food, gifts, eating and Christmas activities you shared together.
These photographs can be created into a movie presentation or music video as a fun way to capture moments with your family.
9. Indulge as a Christmas Feel Good Movie Enthusiast.
After cooking Christmas food, resting, wearing Christmas clothes, going to Christmas mass or having a quick thankful talk to Jesus, savoring a luscious food with loved ones as the Christmas music played and gifts were given, Christmas pictures were taken, greetings were said, now what?
Christmas movie time!
Relax comfortably with family and watch some of these oldies but goodie movies: “Elf” starring Will Ferrel, “Home Alone” (1990), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), “Charlie Brown Christmas”, “Muppet Christmas” (1992), Arthur Christmas (2011), “About a Boy” starred by Hugh Grant (2002), The Polar Express (2004) and “The Santa Clause” starring Tim Allen (1994).
I’m feeling more thankful and excited for Christmas just writing about this. The wonder of it no matter how simple it is celebrated still never cease to amaze me.
It reminds me of the endless gifts of love, comfort, nourishment, peace, health, abundance and happiness showered to me every day. Christmas just keeps getting brighter and brighter!
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