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A Memorable Precious Christmas Moment: guest post by Examine This Moment

Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying the holiday season. Today, I have a guest post from Natalie of Examine This Moment where she will be sharing one of her favorite Christmas memories – her proposal story! I love hearing these stories & it takes me back to my own proposal & wedding which you can read about in my wedding series. I will be returning to the blog with my own original content in the new year. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this guest post & please catch up on any of my previous posts if you are missing me. Without further ado – here is A Memorable Precious Christmas Moment by Examine This Moment…

I can remember it as if it just happened yesterday. The day I was asked to marry my
now husband. Take a moment with me as I want to share with you, “A Memorable
Precious Christmas Moment.”

We started the special date by going to see the NYC Christmas Spectacular with the
Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. This alone was such an incredible Christmas gift for
me to experience. I wanted to see the show so much at that time and was really excited
and surprised.

Next, we went to eat at a sweet diner in the city. I loved it so much. The memorabilia
and feel of the place gave you a sense that you were sitting in a ‘70s diner. Perhaps
“Fonzie” from “Happy Days” would be there. What a great time it was together as we
just enjoyed each other’s company and reflected on the beautiful NYC Christmas
Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

The funny thing about the day was that it happened to be a little warmer while we were
out and that only made us want to walk a little more in Central Park. We went over
where there is a beautiful ice-skating rink and a lovely bridge. There were lots of people
out walking and enjoying the day too.

Then as we approached the bridge and began to cross over, my now husband stopped
and just wanted to talk with me as we looked at the ice skaters in the distance. The next
thing I knew, he was on one knee asking me to marry him. I was so in awe and excited
that I immediately said enthusiastically, “Yesss!” I also said, please now stand up I do
not want you to mess up your nice pants. LOL, that just makes me laugh as I remember
this precious moment. We kissed and hugged and saw that there was an audience of
people celebrating with us. Clapping and congratulating us.

This precious moment is a Christmas moment I will not forget as it took place just a few
days before we celebrated Christmas. As I looked at the beautiful engagement ring, I
just received I was speechless. I could not believe this had just happened. I could not
wait to tell all my loved ones and friends.

To this day, as we prepare for Christmas, we both remember that day when we made a
commitment to one another and what that meant as we would prepare to say “I do” in
the near future from that day forward. I think it is important that we remember precious
moments that impacted our lives for good. This turning point in my life has remained
something I will remember for the rest of my days.

Tell me, do you have a memorable precious Christmas moment too? Sharing your
stories can bring encouragement to others. I am very honored to have written this guest
post for “B.” Thank you for the opportunity. I hope you all enjoyed reading one of my
memorable precious Christmas moments. I look forward to hearing about your precious
memories too whether it is from childhood or more current.

About me: Over time, I have come to realize that we must take
pauses, or we are just experiencing life passing us by quickly!
Every day there are several moments we can perhaps all talk
about and be an encouragement to someone else with.
I have enjoyed the opportunities to collaborate with other
writers. I have been interviewed on podcasts and by others
in the writing community. I have also appreciated writing
book reviews.
~Blessings Pastor Natalie
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Holiday Decor You Need To Declutter Before You Start Decorating

Ever since I moved out & am now living in my own place, my husband & I have accumulated quite a bit of holiday decor. It’s funny because when we first talked about living together, he had told me the only decor we would have was a Christmas tree & nothing more. Ha! He thought! How did we go from that mindset to an entire storage area filled with bins of seasonal decor? Some of it had to do with the pandemic atmosphere & wanting our home to feel festive when we were stuck inside. But I think it’s time to go through & narrow down to our most favorite items.

Here are things you might want to consider decluttering before you put up your holiday decor:

Broken or Damaged Ornaments

As careful as we try to be, there always seems to be a few ornaments that need to be retired out. If you are looking at your collection & have more than what could fit on the tree, maybe you should even get rid of one’s you don’t want to use. Ones that are in good shape can be donated. I’m sure there are other people who would love your unwanted ornaments. But the ones that have broke or are damaged in anyway can be recycled I believe. Have a curated collection of ornaments you absolutely love.

Lights That Don’t Work

The most annoying thing ever is discovering your Christmas lights are completely burnt out. We’ve had to replace our outdoor lights a few times because of this. Be sure you aren’t holding onto these types of items. Before we even try to display them, we test them out before hand inside. If they don’t work, they are trash!

Sparse Wrapping Supplies

Rolls of wrapping paper that are down to the last pieces, bags with holes, ribbons & bows that are used up or damaged are just a few examples of supplies to possibly downsize. Looking through your collection of supplies can also help you take inventory of what you have so you don’t buy things you don’t need.

Decor You Just Won’t Use

Although I try to choose classic decorations that can be used for years to come – there are some instances where some items have hit their expiration date. Either it’s not fitting the aesthetic you are wishing to showcase no longer looking like it once did – it’s time to let go of these type of items. Donate them to someone else who may love it in their home.

Decor That Was Passed Down

Going along with decor that isn’t used, sometimes the decorations that are passed down to us from generations just don’t fit our style. Instead of just storing it in a bin for years, why not let go of that guilt & send it on it’s way to someone who will use it & love it? There is no sense to hold onto items [ even though they were a part of the family ] if you don’t have a purpose for it. For instance, when I moved out of my parent’s house, I was given a small container of family ornaments they were no longer using. Although lots of the ornaments brought back nostalgia, I only kept a select few. The rest were quickly donated. The ornaments I did keep nicely fit the aesthetic of our more newer ornaments & they bring a smile to my face when I see them hanging on our tree.

Items That Are Annoying to Store

Half the battle of holiday decor is storing the items properly after the season. Sometimes when Im decluttering, the deciding factor is whether I can store an item easily or not. I’ve let go of plenty of bulky decor pieces for this very reason. And now, I try not to purchase anything that would give me trouble later. This can include an excess amount of outdoor lights or those inflatables that are displayed in yards. I stick to a set number of lights, a wreath & our fake tree. Other items need to be able to be placed in storage bins & stacked accordingly.

What are some holiday decor you could let go of this year? I find, when you declutter as you decorate, you can easily create storage space for when January hits. And sometimes, when I look through the bins, it’s funny how you can completely forget what you own.

-B

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Romanticizing The Holiday Season: 3 Things I Love

Truth be told – the winter season is not my favorite & Christmas surprisingly isn’t my favorite holiday. Regardless, I’ve been trying to romanticize all seasons of my life because life is too short not to enjoy it. It’s quite easier for me to romanticize the autumn season besides the cold harsh winters. But I shall force myself to brainstorm a few aspects I love about winter & the holiday season so I feel less of a Grinch. I’m pleased to say, this post is in collaboration with a few other bloggers who I absolutely adore. Be sure to read until the end to check out their posts & blogs.

Here are 3 Things I Love About the Holiday / Winter Season:

Snow

If it’s going to be cold, it might as well look pretty! So, I’m a sucker for a cozy snow day in. At our home, I love opening the windows & admiring the woodsy views as the snow falls & covers the ground. I also love cozying up on the couch with a warm beverage & a good book. My husband & I will also bundle up & take a walk around the neighborhood, especially if it’s a weekend or a day off. And as the Christmas holiday approaches, the more a snow day feels even more magical.

Family Time

My love language is for sure quality time. I would much rather spend money on a fun activity to do with family & friends than buying a bunch of gifts to sit under the tree. This year, my side of the family is boycotting material gifts all together. Instead, we plan to fill that time & energy on experiences. A few things we’ve done in the past include – getting dinner somewhere with festive decor, taking a trip to NYC & see the Rockefeller Christmas tree or going to Hershey Park, PA & enjoy all that’s offered at the sweetest place on Earth. I also love spending more time with the “family I’ve chosen” a.k.a. my closest friends. I love grabbing lunch & catching up for hours or visiting cute boutiques or walking around historic towns. And for the friends at farther distances, I love sending Christmas cards or little notes the old fashion way to show my appreciation.

Going to the Mountains

I love driving to the mountains & spending the weekend or week skiing, tubing or simply relaxing in a cabin setting. My husband [ back when we were dating ] we booked a cabin getaway & enjoyed nature hikes, good food & evenings in the hot tub. The only thing is you need to be on the look out for bears in those parts! I would love to go again this year for the holidays. I just find the atmosphere to be so relaxing & a great way to unwind. I think one of the best forms of self care in the winter is having those moments to let go & be at peace in a cozy setting. It allows us to have a balance of

what are some things you love about the winter season?

This post is in collaboration with a group of lovely bloggers I highly recommend you check out. Head to their blogs / collaboration post & show them some love.

Jessica Lasa

Katie of Dating Bitch

Caroline of Flourish with Rose

Natalie of Examine This Moment

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Hope you all have a wonderful winter season / holiday!

-B