Monday’s Musings #143 & Making Christmas Eve/Morning Special

10 Days of Christmas Joy: Making Christmas Eve/Morning Special | What Joy Is Mine

On this 9th installment of our 10 Days of Christmas Joy, we are looking at ways to make Christmas morning (and eve) special. Most families have their traditions for the eve of Christmas and Christmas morning. If you’re still finding your way with that or want to add something new then today we will be sharing some ideas with you.

First, both days should have some kind of meal you serve for those days only. For instance, Christmas Eve could be a favorite family casserole or soup/salad combo and Christmas Day would have ham or roast with all the fixings. Maybe its a Christmas morning meal that is made special. A baked french toast dish, breakfast quiche or sweet rolls you make the night before and throw in the oven before everyone wakes up. Imagine the fun of waking up to that sweet aroma before beginning the day’s agenda. Food always has a way of drumming up favorite times in our life. So, decided on your menu and have fun with creating a memory for your family

Besides a meal to make Christmas morning/eve special, there’s gift opening. Some families open gifts on Christmas Eve, some do it on Christmas Morning. Some may only open one gift on Christmas Eve and the rest Christmas morning. Some may not do gifts at all and only do stockings. In our family, on Christmas Eve, we always have a wrapping paper fight while opening gifts with my husband’s side of the family. I know, silly, but oh so much fun. How about putting on Christmas music while opening gifts? However, it works for you, decide and stick with it. By deciding on this early on in your family, everyone knows what to expect year after year.

Other traditions for Christmas eve/morning could be reading of a favorite book on either days, doing a family devotional, singing favorite Christmas songs, reading from the Bible about Jesus’ birth, calling family or friends who live far away (nowadays we can even Skype!), playing games, taking a meal to a family in need, taking time to pray for the lost and others’ needs, baking cookies, attending church or watching a favorite Christmas movie to name a few. Create the celebration you desire for Christmas eve and Christmas morning and plan on it each year.

Creating traditions that make Christmas eve/morning special will have a lasting impact on your family. The memories they will hold onto will always bring them back to these days of being with their family as they celebrated the birth of the Savior. So, take the time and be intentional to make Christmas eve/morning special for your family. Write down what you did and stick with it.

Tomorrow will mark our 10th day of 10 days of Christmas Joy and that means it will be giveaway time. Remember I told you I had a sweet giveaway for you all to say “thank you” for being faithful readers here at WJIM? I am blessed by you and so glad you visit often. So, don’t forget to stop by tomorrow and see what I have for you. The giveaway will be open until Thursday and a winner announced on Friday. Now onto our link up! Again we were blessed with over 100 posts shared last week!! Fabulous!

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes, etc. Truly anything that would encourage another is acceptable. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening and I invite you to share the love by visiting another blog and encouraging them. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for others to be blessed as I was. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my button and place on your blog so others can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #142 & Good Stuff

10 Days of Christmas Joy & Monday's Musings | What Joy Is Mine

Hello friends. I hope you were are able to join our 10 Days of Christmas Joy this past week. Here is a recap of the posts:

10 Days of Christmas Joy: Advent Ideas
10 Days of Christmas Joy: Jesus Is the Reason
10 Days of Christmas Joy: Decorating the Home
10 Days of Christmas Joy: Aroma of the Home
10 Day of Christmas Joy: Crafting With Your Children

 

This week I will continue with the last five days of our 10 Days of Christmas Joy ending with a fun giveaway of some of my favorite Christmas things. I am looking forward to that as it is my way of saying thank you for sticking with us here at WJIM throughout this last year.

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I also want to pass on that Flirty Aprons is having a 60% off your purchase for one week. It is available through our afflink only. Use code HOLIDAY60 at checkout. Although I’m not a fan of the company name, I am fond of their aprons. They are durable, fun and available in many colors and styles. Don’t miss this fabulous offer to get one for your favorite chef. (And thank you for purchasing through us.)

We had over 100 link ups last week. Awesome! I love this community and I read some neat posts. I look forward to what you all will share this week.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes, etc. Truly anything that would encourage another is acceptable. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening and I invite you to share the love by visiting another blog and encouraging them. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for others to be blessed as I was. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my button and place on your blog so others can join in.

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SiggyJuly

 

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Monday’s Musings #141 & 10 Days of Christmas Joy

10 Days of Christmas Joy | What Joy Is Mine

Well, I am excited to share with you my newest series. 10 Days of Christmas Joy. I will be sharing encouragement on making Christ the focus of Christmas, great ideas to make your home cozy for the holiday, recipes to delight the palate and so much more to inspire a JOY-filled Christmas. It all begins tomorrow and runs through December 13th ending with a fun and fabulous giveaway of some of my favorite Christmas things. The giveaway is from my heart to yours to say THANK YOU for faithfully visiting my blog this year. I am blessed by you and wanted to bless you in return. I hope you will come by daily and see what I will sharing with you and be sure to watch for the giveaway.

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 I also want to pass on that Sue, creator of 2015 Daily Planner, is offering FREE SHIPPING today through December 6th on all USA orders. The free shipping offer will appear on her home page. Visit the Homemaker’s Friend to order your planner before the new year kicks in. Read my review HERE.

Now onto the party!

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 Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes, etc. Truly anything that would encourage another is acceptable. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening and I invite you to share the love by visiting another blog and encouraging them. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for others to be blessed as I was. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my button and place on your blog so others can join in.

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SiggyJuly

 

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Monday’s Musings #140 & Our Trip In Pictures

We’re home. Our trip was fun with many wonderful memories created. It always goes by too fast but we’re glad to be home. Here’s a snippet of our trip in pictures. I’m excited to share it with you.

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(The Pirate Ship that we rode. The Main Street Band playing Christmas tunes. One of the popcorn vendors that I make sure to get popcorn from at least once while in DL.)

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(My Love & I waiting for the Christmas Parade to start. Me and Captain America. Tigger on his sleigh in the Christmas Parade.)

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(Eeyore is one of my favorite characters so of course I took a photo with him. One shot of the World of Color water show in California Adventure. And another favorite treat of mine: the Mickey Mouse ice cream sandwich. )

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(Fireworks over Cinderella’s castle. Fabulous!)

Now it’s time to share and visit.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes, etc. Truly anything that would encourage another is acceptable. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening and I invite you to share the love by visiting another blog and encouraging them. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for others to be blessed as I was. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my button and place on your blog so others can join in.

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SiggyJuly

 

 

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