Holiday Movies I Love…

Holiday Movies I Love…

Hey loves,

One of my favourite past times of the holiday season, is spending time curled up on the couch or in bed watching movies. There are a couple of movies that I have to watch to set the mood of the holiday season, and here they are:

It’s A Wonderful Life- Classic black and white film. Classic angel film!

A Christmas Story-  Oh Ralphie….:)

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The Muppet Christmas Carol – This is so reminiscent of my childhood. I must have watched this movie thousands of times growing up. Great songs, wonderful lessons, laughs all around!

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Elf- Probably my all time favourite Christmas movie. It’s so cheesy but I laugh every single time I see it! The jokes never get old to me!

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The Preacher’s Wife- Whitney Houston? Denzel Washington? Need I say more??? AMAZING soundtrack, beautiful lesson… just a wholesome, family- friendly movie.

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The Best Man Holiday- I love this cast! I may even like this one more than the original best man.

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Home Alone 1 and 2– Classic Movies. Again, another childhood favourite.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- Great family film! Very funny

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The Sound of Music- Definitely not a Christmas movie, but its just a feel good movie to watch with the family!

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Scriptures To Get You Through The Holiday Season…

Scriptures To Get You Through The Holiday Season…

Hey my loves!

The holidays are a particularly pleasant time for me and many others. But what about the people for whom the holidays provide the most hurt? The ones who have no family near or have experienced some kind of trauma that makes the holidays hard? Here are some of my favourite scriptures that have been an encouragement to me in tough seasons. May you find  peace in this season and remember the reason for the season is Jesus! Keep your hope in Him! Blessings!

 

Psalm 68:5-6 – God draws close to those who are lonely and provides for them. He is a “father to the fatherless”
Psalms 28:7 -The Lord is my strength and my safe cover. My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. So my heart is full of joy. I will thank Him with my song.

Deuteronomy 31:6-  God is with you in the midst of any and every fearful and difficult circumstance.

Isaiah 26: 3-4 – You will keep in perfect peace  all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always,  for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

 Psalm 147:3-He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Jeremiah 29:11-13  For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen.  If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Isaiah 40:31-  But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

And the greatest gift….

Luke 2:15-16 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger

xoxo
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8 Ways To Beat The Holiday Blues…

8 Ways To Beat The Holiday Blues…

Hey loves!

While the holiday season is quickly approaching, the holiday season is a stressful one for many. Here are a few tips to help you get through the hustle and bustle with ease!

Plan Ahead
Don’t wait until the last minute to do all your holiday shopping. Take a few moments out and make a carefully curated list of what you need and who you need to buy for. This helps you be efficient with your time and with your finances.  Start saving months in advance to help offset the holiday financial bog. Planning also means being responsible with your time. Make a calendar of your proposed events and plan to delegate your time wisely.

Don’t overspend
Be smart with your finances around the holiday. We get into the habit of wanting to be big, bold and elaborate during this season which can sometimes lead us to whip out the pesky thing called a credit card! Don’t dig yourself into a financial mess that will take you months to recover from. Spend with caution.

Be realistic in what you can and cannot do
You are not going to be able to attend every event, bake the 500 cupcakes someone asks you to do or even get every person on your Christmas list the perfect gift, and you know what?  Its okay! Be realistic in what you can do over the holidays and don’t let yourself or anyone make you feel bad about it!

Spend some time with friends and family
Often we miss the joy of the season because we are caught up in the commercialism of the holiday. Save some of your time for those who mean the most to you. Sometimes your presence is the best gift your friends and family can receive because time is precious and so very limited.

Be Social
This is for the person who may not have friends and family around them in the holiday season. Get out and meet people! Research some holiday events happening in  your area and mingle with new people. The easiest way to fall into a funk is to isolate yourself.

Make time for yourself
Don’t forget to remember yourself during this time. If means scheduling time for some self care or treating yourself to a fancy cup of coffee, do it!

Remember those in need
We are blessed with so much, but we need to remember that there are many out there who don’t have much of anything. Give back in some small way this season

Remember the true reason for the season
It’s so easy to get caught up in the season, that we forget the true meaning of CHRISTmas. It was because a saviour was born over 2,000 years ago that we are given the opportunity to celebrate the birth of SALVATION.  JESUS is the true meaning of the season ❤

Have a blessed and stress free holiday season!
Til next time,
xoxo

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My Ultimate Christmas Holiday Playlist….

My Ultimate Christmas Holiday Playlist….

Hey y’all!

The decorations are slowly going up and what better way to get into the holiday mood than to have a bumping ,  soul soothing playlist to rock out to. So… here is a compilation that always gets in me in the holiday mood! In no particular order!

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Enjoy!

  1. This Christmas- Donny Hathaway
  2. Let It Snow- Boyz II Men
  3. All I Want For Christmas – Mariah Carey
  4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town- Jackson 5
  5. The Christmas Song Nat King Cole (  I do enjoy the Justin Bieber/Usher rendition as well… yes Bieber… more Usher lol)
  6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- Luther Vandross
  7. I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus- Jackson 5
  8. SIlver Bells- Elvis
  9. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer- The Temptations
  10. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays- N’Sync
  11. Who Would Imagine a King- Whitney Houston
  12. 8 Days of Christmas- Destiny’s Child
  13. The Entire Kirk Franklin Christmas Album… Every single song on repeat…lol
  14. Soul Holiday- Sounds of Blackness
  15. Winter Wonderland- Emeli Sand
  16.  I Want to Come Home For Christmas- Marvin Gaye
  17. Someday At Christmas- Mario
  18. O Come Emmanuel- The Clark Sisters
  19. The Chimpmunk Song- The Clark Sisters version ( i may throw on Alvin and the Chimpmunks version)
  20. The Little Drummer Boy- Stevie Wonder
  21. My Grown Up Christmas List- Kelly Clarkson or the Monica version ( I love them both)
  22. Comin’ Home for X-mas- Usher
  23. Dear Santa Claus- Bobby Womack
  24. The King Has Come- James Hall
  25. We Sing Glory- Fred Hammond
  26. 4 Real Christmas- Commissioned ❤
  27. And finally the two songs my father( who thinks he’s a DJ.. he’s actually not bad but I won’t ever tell him that lol ) plays to wake us up every Christmas we spend at our home… Mary’s Boy Child  and Feliz Navidad by Boney M. It isn’t Christmas till my dad is on the ones and twos mixing these tracks! Christmas morning is certainly a fun experience in my family!

There you have it! I’m sure I left out many of my favorites but this is what I could remember off the top of my head ( and with a little help from my ITunes library)

Happy Holiday Jamming y’all!

xoxo