I just want to take a moment and wish everyone (who celebrates) a Merry Christmas!
I hope your day is filled with numerous blessings.
Thank you for following my blog.
God Bless! Rebecca
Are you looking for last-minute Christmas gift ideas? Use the Internet to find the best digital Christmas gift options to finish the rest of the shopping. Print your gift, slip the copy into a card, and you are done. Check out the following for last-minute Christmas gift ideas.
- Gift Cards: Almost all major retailers offer gift card options. Also a gift card is a great way to purchase groceries for a person who may need a little extra help with food.
- Magazine Subscription: Magazine delivery can be in print or digital form. Your gift will last throughout the entire year.
- Subscription Box: From the Wizarding World to foods around the world, a subscription box has something for everyone. The boxes can be a one-time purchase or longer.
- Concert Tickets: Going to a concert is a great gift. The tickets will easily turn into a lasting memory.
- Movie Tickets: Popcorn, candy, and a pair of movie tickets are a perfect last minute Christmas gift.
- Theater Tickets to Live Performances: Tickets to a live performance is a great gift for the theater lover on your list.
- Restaurant Gift Certificates: Buy a meal at a local restaurant to be delivered. Or purchase a gift certificate to use later.
- On-Line Classes: Do you have a person on your list interested in photography, writing, cooking, or crafting? Purchase an online class for further inspiration.
- Car Related: Does someone on your list need a tune-up, oil change, or new tires? Purchase the car related maintenance to use later.
- Pay a Bill: Often the best way to help someone at Christmas is offering to a bill. The gesture is a great gift especially for someone on a limited budget.
Yes, Christmas Eve is only hours away. But there is still time to start a new tradition with your family. If you are looking to start a new Christmas Eve tradition, check out the following list.
- Bake: Christmas Eve is the perfect time to bake. Start a family tradition of baking cookies or other sweets together as a family. Leave cookies out for Santa or deliver some of your tasty treats to nearby neighbors.
- Track Santa: Track Santa on through the Official NORAD site. Create excitement by tracking Santa at different times throughout the evening.
- Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: Cuddle up under fuzzy blankets and read the entire poem A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore.
- Watch a Christmas Movie: Make popcorn or a homemade pizza then watch your favorite Christmas movie.
- Picnic Under the Christmas Tree: Spread out a blanket next to the Christmas tree and host an indoor picnic. The food does not need to fancy. Even hot cocoa and peanut butter sandwiches can turn the night into a lasting memory.
- Make a Video: Create a Christmas video to post to your social media accounts.
- Strike a Pose: Take a selfie in front of the Christmas tree.
- Go to Church: Numerous churches host Christmas Eve services.
- Read the Christmas Story from the Bible: Read Luke 2: 1-20 to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
- Go Look at Christmas Lights: Pile into a vehicle to spend the evening looking at Christmas light displays around your neighborhood.
- Christmas Eve Meal: Plan and make a Christmas meal together. The meal can be a traditional spread with all the fixings or simply hearty stew. The choice is entirely up to you.
- Game Night: Put on your favorite Christmas song playlist and play board games.
Have a great Christmas Eve!
Happy 1st Day of Winter! Are you searching for an inspirational quote to celebrate the start of winter? Inspirational winter quotes are great for social media posts, cards, and much more.
- “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” – Victor Hugo
- “Anne came dancing home in the purple winter twilight across the snowy places.” – L.M. Montgomery
- “Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.” – John Boswell
- “Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.” – Anamika Mishra
- “Every winter has its spring.” – H. Tuttle
- “Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people’s legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.” – Sarah Addison Allen
- “Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” – Yoko Ono
- “One kind word can warm three winter months.” – Japanese Proverb
- “To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle
- “How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!” – Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland
- “I love the scents of winter! For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and spruce.” – Taylor Swift
- “I pray this winter be gentle and kind—a season of rest from the wheel of the mind.” – John Geddes
- “Winter forms our character and brings out our best.” – Tim Allen
- “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” – Anton Chekhov
- “Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.” – Andy Goldsworthy
- “When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.” – Unknown
- “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
- “Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person.” – Sylvia Plath
- “Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.” – Victor Hugo
- “They who sing through the summer must dance in the winter.” – Italian Proverb
- “The snow is sparkling like a million little suns.” – Lama Willa
- “There’s just something beautiful about walking in snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special.” – Carol Rifka Brunt
- “When snow falls, nature listens.” – Antoinette Van Kleef
- “Snowflakes are kisses from heaven.” – Unknown
Do you find yourself singing along to holiday classics or turning up the radio to listen to a new Christmas song? For decades, Christmas music has been a major part of the holiday season. Finding the best songs for your Christmas celebrations is essential for creating a holiday atmosphere to remember. Be forewarned, you may find yourself singing out loud in front of guests.
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- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
- White Christmas – Bing Crosby
- Last Christmas – Wham!
- All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
- The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) – Nat King Cole
- Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
- Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
- Frosty the Snowman – Gene Autry
- Angels We Have Heard on High – Josh Groban & Brian McKnight
- Let It Be Christmas – Alan Jackson
- Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkston
- Christmas Cookies – George Strait
- Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
- Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
- Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) – Bing Crosby
- Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
- Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
- Run, Rudolph, Run – Chuck Berry
- Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
- Carol of the Bells – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)
- Jingle Bells – Ella Fitzgerald
- Christmas, Baby Please Come Home – Darlene Love
- Winter Wonderland – Dean Martin
- A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
- Merry Christmas, Baby – Otis Redding
- Happy X-Mas (War is Over) – John Lennon
- Please Come Home for Christmas – The Eagles
- Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
- Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin
- Silent Night – Boys II Men
- Merry Christmas Darling – The Carpenters
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jackson 5
- Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie & Bing Crosby
- Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
- Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton
- Deck The Halls – Mannheim Steamroller
- Do They Know It’s Christmas?
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town – Bruce Springsteen
- Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
- We Need a Little Christmas – Angela Lansbury
- Believe – Josh Groban
- Joy to the World – Aretha Franklin
- O Come, All Ye Faithful – Faith Hill
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé
- Mary, Did You Know – Mary J. Blige
- Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You) – Kelly Clarkson
- When My Heart Finds Christmas – Harry Connick Jr
- Pretty Paper – Willie Nelson
- Snow – Leslie Odom Jr.
- My Favorite Things – Julie Andrews
- O Holy Night – Céline Dion
What’s your favorite? Merry Christmas!
Holiday schedules can easily turn chaotic. Taking time to enjoy the season with your family is essential. Yes, you and your dog count as a family. Curl up under a fuzzy blanket and watch your favorite Christmas movie. If you are searching for a new movie, check out the following list of Christmas movies for the entire family. (Please note: “As an Amazon affiliate, I earn income on qualifying orders.)
- It’s a Very Muppet Christmas Movie
- Angela’s Christmas (Netflix)
- Trolls Holiday Special
- Dr. Suess: The Grinch (2018)
- The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas (2012)
- Klaus (2019) (Netflix)
- Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Christmas and Other Stories
- Dr. Suess: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
- Sesame Street: Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016)
- Frosty the Snowman (1969)
- All I Want for Christmas is You (2017)
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
- Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
- Elf (2013)
- Santa Clause is Coming to Town
- Shrek the Halls (2007)
- Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
- Arthur Christmas (2011)
- The Polar Express (2004)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
- The Muppet’s Christmas Carol (1992)
- The Star (2017)
- The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009)
- A Christmas Story (1983)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)
- Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer
- Merry Christmas Olivia
- Trolls Holiday
- Home Alone (1990)
- A Year Without Santa Claus
- Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
- Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure
- Santa Buddies
- Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
- The Santa Claus Movies
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol
- The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas
- Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
- DreamWorks: Home for the Holidays
- The Christmas Project (2016)
- Annabelle’s Wish (1997)
- Prancer (1989)
- Santa’s Apprentice (2015)
- Emmet Otters Jug-Band Christmas (1977)
- The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
- Nester the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)
- Jack Frost
Are you trying to get into the holiday spirit? If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following Christmas bucket list ideas for you and your family to enjoy.
- Countdown to Christmas with an Advent Calendar (Yes, there’s still time to start one.)
- Host a Christmas craft day.
- Visit a live nativity
- Host a Christmas movie night
- Decorate your home, porch, yard
- Put up your Christmas tree
- Play classic Christmas music
- Write letters to Santa (Yes, you can do this as adult.)
- Make homemade hot cocoa (Great for movie night.)
- Make and send out Christmas cards
- Ride a holiday train
- Game night with Christmas music playing
- Watch a tree lighting ceremony
- Do random acts of kindness
- Take photos with Santa
- Drive around and look at Christmas lights
- Read a Christmas book by your tree
- Make cookies for Santa
- Go caroling
- Bake cookies to deliver to friends, neighbors, and relatives
- Make a birthday cake for Jesus
- Go on a sleigh riding
- Read the story of Christmas (Luke 2: 1-20)
- Make homemade ornaments
- String popcorn
- Make paper chains
- Make pinecone bird feeders
- Host a potluck style Christmas gathering for family and friends
- Attend Christmas Eve service
- Make a special Christmas morning breakfast
- Buy Christmas socks
- Be a secret Santa
- Participate in Operation Christmas Child
- Watch a holiday play or performance
- Go to a Christmas concert
- Have slumber part under the Christmas tree
- Take a family Christmas portrait
- Donate food to a local charity
- Host a Christmas tea or brunch
Have a great Christmas season!
Do you need a Christmas quote to add to your website, blog, or social media posts? The following quotes are also great for writing inside Christmas cards.
- “Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” – Alexander Smith
- “Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room.” – Nora Roberts
- “Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.” – Tom Baker
- “Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” – Thomas S. Monson
- “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale
- “I love the Christmas-tide, and yet, I notice this, each year I live; I always like the gifts I get, But how I love the gifts I give!” – Carolyn Wells
- “Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” – Mary Ellen Chase
- “Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” – Ruth Carter Stapleton
- “Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows.” – Edwin Osgood Grover
- “Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” – Harlan Miller
- “As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year.” – David Grayson
- “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” Edna Ferber
- “God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.” – Pope Francis
- “Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.” – Pope Francis
- “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens
- “Christmas…is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” – Freya Stark
- “For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi
- “Christmas is, or course, the time to be home-in heart as well as body.” – Garry Moore
- “I love the excitement, the childlike spirit of innocence and just about everything that goes along with Christmas.’ – Hillary Scott
- “Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans
- “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz
- “I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.” – Carrie Fisher
- “Faith is salted and peppered through everything at Christmas. And I love at least one night by the Christmas tree to sing and feel the quiet holiness of that time that’s set apart to celebrate love, friendship, and God’s gift of the Christ child.” – Amy Grant
- “T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” – Clement Clarke Moore
- “Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!” – Charles Dickens
- “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” – Dr. Seuss
- “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” – Winston Churchill
- “The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.” – Phillips Brooks
- “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” – Pope John XXIII
Have a wonderful Christmas season!
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Do you want to add some Christmas entries to your journal? Christmas is a magical time of year. Writing about your current and past Christmas seasons is a great way to preserve your memories. If you need inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for the Christmas season.
- How do you plan to spend the holiday season?
- Create a holiday bucket list. Add at least 10 activities.
- Describe what Christmas means to you. Go into details.
- What Christmas traditions did you have growing up?
- Do you still incorporate any of those traditions with your family or friends today? Why?
- What new Christmas activities do you plan to try this year? Why?
- What is your favorite Christmas memory from childhood?
- What is your favorite Christmas memory as an adult?
- What do you feel was your worse Christmas? Why?
- Write a letter to Santa Claus. Yes, you as an adult write a letter to Santa.
- What is your favorite Christmas song? Why?
- What is your favorite Christmas show? Why?
- Write an A-to-Z list of everything Christmas-related. It’s harder than you think.
- How do you plan to give back to the community this Christmas?
- I love the holiday season because______________________. Free write your answer for at least 15 minutes.
- What was your best Christmas gift as a child? As an adult?
- If you were granted 3 wishes for Christmas, what would you pick? Why?
- Have you ever peeked at a Christmas gift for you as a child? Or an adult? What was the gift?
- What are you most thankful for this Christmas season?
- If you could give a Christmas gift to your community, what would you pick?
- Today is the first official day of winter. How does winter add to the Christmas season?
- Do you attend church services regularly or attend Christmas related services? How does your spiritual beliefs help you celebrate the Christmas season?
- What are you hoping to see over the next couple of days when celebrating Christmas?
- Christmas Eve! What do you plan to do?
- Merry Christmas! Write about your entire day.
- Did you go shopping for the day after Christmas bargains? Or spend the day just relaxing?
- Write about your best and worst New Year’s Eve celebrations.
- As a child, did you celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family? What did you do?
- Write about your Christmas season. List the highs and lows.
- Write about 2021.
- Happy New Year’s Eve! What are you plans?