Spark the holiday cheer with these simple tasks

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It’s that wonderful time of the year.  Sparkling lights, festive garlands, and gorgeous gift wrap.  Has it overwhelmed you yet?  When I’m getting bogged down with all the holiday strife, here are some ways that I revive the spark of cheer!

Simple Ways to Spark the Holiday Cheer

Find someplace new to shop.  Skip your same old stores for an afternoon and darken a new doorway.  This week, one of my friends told me about a wholesale store that sells odds-and-ends straight off the pallet.  The kids and I stopped there after school, and my daughter was able to get all of her Christmas shopping finished for under $27.  Since you’re out shopping anyway, make this the excuse for shopping at a new store.  You never know what you’ll find!

Angel of Forest Hill Read a Christmas-themed book.  For me, it’s relaxing to sink into a different world for an hour or two.  At the time, it usually feels like “I don’t have time!” to sit down and give myself a break.  However, once the last page is closed, I always realize that it was just what I needed.  This week I read Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall.  This is a short novella-sized story, and I rather wished for something a bit longer to stretch the plot a little bit.  The background reminded me of my husband’s grandfather.  His mother, Etta, passed away, leaving behind several young children.  Etta’s sister stepped in and married her brother-in-law, raising the children as her own.  In the Angel of Forest Hill, a similar story takes place (without the family connections, though).  It might be the first time I’ve had a book crush on an Amish man.  I just loved the sensitive ways that Joel behaved, and wanted to see the best happen for the whole family.  The story ends on a Christmas note, which makes it perfect for this time of year.

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Try a new recipe.  Since I’m already cooking a lot in December, it’s the perfect opportunity to sample the Pinterest recipes I’ve been pinning all year long.  This month we’ve tried several new dishes.  Some were successful, some weren’t.  Tonight we had a delicious broccoli cheese soup that I found online and needed to try.  I figure that any recipe we really love can be added to the menu rotation for potlucks and parties we’ll attend throughout the season.  So whip up some of my Blueberry Vinaigrette for a salad, or let a meal service do the shopping for you.

4.  Do something with that picture you always think about.  Check out Mixbook’s new home decor options. Turn that vacation photo into a blanket or frame it. Relive the memories!

How do you revive the spark of cheer during the holidays?


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  1. This year we put up the Christmas tree in a new place! It looks great yet very different. Makes for more joy to see the tree when we first walk in the house!

  2. Cathy Fleming says:

    I love this post! It brought back a lot of memories of my family that are gone & how they would step in & take care of loved ones families when they had passed away. It made me miss them & long to see them. I bet this book is a good read! I’ll have to add it to my list.

  3. Corey Clancy says:

    I have been trying a lot of new recipes. My newest favorite is roasted Brussels sprouts.

  4. Aline F Lewis-Pack says:

    Thank you for participating in great giveaway for holidays 🎄

  5. Leilani Krenn says:

    This has some good ideas! Thanks!

  6. Thanks for the ideas. I love trying new recipes around the holidays especially on Pinterest.

  7. Love a good Christmas themed book 🙂

  8. Betsy Barnes says:

    This year, we bought a new Christmas tree to help revive the spark of cheer. It really is great!

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