Blogmas 2018

How to “Blogmas” (Early Release for Dec. 1st!)

You guys know that I don’t regularly post on the weekends. I’m strictly a week-day type of blogger but . . .

It’s December 1st, and you all know what that means!

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It’s Blogmas Time, Baby!

I’ll freely admit it, I am a holiday-focused kind of person. I love celebrating and decorating and getting together with friends and family. In particular, I love Christmas, I love the cooler weather, the hot chocolate, Christmas carols, celebrating Jesus’s birth, and more. One of the fun blogging ways to revel in the Christmas spirit is through Blogmas!

What is Blogmas? You ask.

Blogmas is when bloggers of all topics (writing, health, fashion, travel, etc.) transform the focus of their blogs to reflect the holiday season. Some of these topics can include: Favorite Christmas Carols, Christmas poem (of your making or sharing your favorite well-known Christmas poem), favorite Christmas sweater/mug, DIY Christmas ideas, letter to Santa, Christmas themed destinations, etc., etc., etc. Look around online and you’ll see the list of possibilities quite literally goes on and on and on and on. . . .

Technically, when you participate in Blogmas most bloggers post a Christmas-themed post every single day of the month. It is their version of an Advent Calendar or a way of counting down to Christmas day!

However, in my opinion, you do not have to post every single day, yes it is fun and if you can do it, more power to you! However, if you want to participate but posting every single day seems daunting, post on your regular schedule and just switch it around to Christmas-themed.

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about what you want to do for Blogmas? I came across these wonderful blog posts last year by The Wild Hideaway and Lindsay that were super helpful for me and I think it can help you too! Be sure to check them out!

While their 100 ideas are indeed spectacular, here are five of my ideas!

  1. They may suggest that you share your favorite Christmas poem, I encourage you to come up with and post your own Christmas poem!
  2. They suggest you share your favorite Christmas story, well how about you write your own? It can be a non-fiction memory of your own Christmas experiences. It can be flash fiction. It can be one line or it could be a novel!
  3. Your favorite Christmas Movie based on the book
  4. Favorite Christmas Mug
  5. What is something NEW that you will be doing this year for the Christmas season?

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Who else will be participating in Blogmas? Do you have any ideas of what you plan to post about?

Keep a close eye on my blog in the next couple of days as I plan to host and release the information on my Annual Blogmas Contest!

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Blogmas 2018, Blogs / Life

Holiday Blog(mas) Party Weekend

***UPDATE: Hey Guys! So I released my “How To Blogmas” post early today (since it is December 1st after all)! If you guys are curious or having questions about Blogmas, check it out!***

Tomorrow marks the first of December and I could not be more excited!

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Christmas is an extremely special time of the year for me for several reasons. First and foremost, I am a Christian and Christmas is a time for me to celebrate the coming of my Savior. Second, it was this time last year that my fiance proposed to me and I will forever associate the Christmas season with that moment. Third, it is a time for me to be with family, which is more important this year than any other year with my Papa’s failing health. And lastly, I simply love the bright colors and lights and songs of the Christmas season that fill my heart with joy and happiness!

So for today’s Blog Party, we are kicking off the Christmas Season!

Down below introduce yourself, your blog, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, what Christmas means to you! Do you celebrate it? What is your favorite Christmas memory? AND, will you be participating in Blogmas this upcoming month?

 

For those of you who are not aware what a blog party is let me break it down. Generally speaking, a blog party is an online gathering for bloggers of all kinds to meet and engage with one another.

Here are some simple rules:

  1. First off, everyone is welcome to participate in this Blog Party (even if you do not currently follow me, although I would LOVE it if you did!) -> If you are a new follower of my blog, say hi and let me know so that I remember to drop by your blog and check you out.
  2. Leave a Comment! Say hi and tell us who you are and what your blog is about. Feel free to leave a link connecting back to your blog’s home page or to your favorite or most recent blog post! (Post this only once please.)
  3. Mix and Mingle! This is where the party begins. I am blessed to have nearly 2,000 followers and this is a great opportunity for many of my friends to meet each other. You guys are amazing and I think a lot of you would enjoy meeting and following one another.
  1. Remember, you never have to follow anyone just because they follow you. However, it is good manners to always return a page visit for a page visit. Did someone stop by your blog, like or leave a comment? Do the same for them! It only takes a minute.
  2. Don’t forget to REBLOG! Spread the fun by encouraging your own followers to join in the party! This is the best way to attract new bloggers by spreading the word.

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Have Fun Everyone! And Merry Christmas! Time to spread holiday cheer! Don’t forget . . .

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This Blog Party will be held and moderated exclusively Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so don’t miss out!

 

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Welcoming in October 1st with some Disney Magic!

Hello Everyone! We are finally in October, the true start of the holiday season that kicks off Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years!

I absolutely adore this time of year and to welcome in October, I am doing another Disney-focused blog: this time on one of Disney’s most popular Halloween-rides!

The Haunted Mansion:

Nightmare Before Christmas Style

The Haunted Mansion was first opened in August of 1969, featuring 999 happy haunts, although there is always room for one more *wink wink, nudge nudge.* And for five years, the ride remained the same throughout the seasons.

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However, in September of 2001, Disneyland re-imagined the Haunted Mansion with a holiday twist and so it adopted many aspects from the beloved film Nightmare Before Christmas.” In the 1993 film, protagonist Jack Skellington of Halloweentown feels empty of purpose and bored with the routine Halloween that passes year after year. He stumbles into Christmastown and, after kidnapping Santa Claus (all for the cause of course), chaos reigns. The line between Halloween and Christmas is erased (completely ignoring the fact that Thanksgiving lies in between). What we have left is a mishmash of scary and funny (a lot like the original Haunted Mansion itself.

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Currently, Disneyland hosts the Nightmare Before Christmas themed Haunted Mansion every year September through December. From the haunted elevator ride (ahem *stretching room*) to the spooky hallway to our main foyer, Halloween and Christmas can be seen everywhere! Zero’s bones have completely taken over the first room of haunted armor and pumpkins easily replace the singing-stone heads.

However, the greatest masterpiece displayed every year is the Gingerbread house! Made entirely out of edible gingerbread, handcrafted and uniquely designed, the Gingerbread houses are more and more elaborate every year. This year, the magnificent gingerbread house is accompanied by a ginormous spider who is quickly ensnaring the house within its grasp (and who can blame him? It looks delicious!)

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As you travel throughout the ride, you will come face-to-face with many of the classic characters from the movie such as: Jack Skellington (complete in his Santa suit), Sally (dreamily leaning against a gravestone), Zero, the Oogie Boogie Man, and so many more!

The next time you drop by New Orleans, don’t miss out on this truly eye-popping experience!

Blogmas 2017

Blogmas: Historical Mission Inn

This year I decided to travel a bit to see the famous Festival of the Lights at the Mission Inn.

First, let me begin by saying that if you are claustrophobic like me, go EARLY, like 4pm early. That way you can possibly get parking somewhat close and see the vendors before the sun sets. At 5pm they turn on the lights! If you want to go inside the Mission Inn, I suggest you get there even earlier to get in line. Regardless of the crowds, it is truly beautiful.

Here are a few of the shots I got:

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This inside is also beautiful!

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They had an AWESOME GINGER BREAD REPLICA!

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Because I love researching things (#nerdalert), here’s some history on the Mission Inn:

  • It all began with the Miller family in 1874 when C.C. Miller opened a small boarding house in the middle of a small town named “The Glenwood Cottage”
  • Frank Miller, the son, bought the property in 1880 (changing the name to “The Glenwood Mission Inn”) and began enlarging the property opening the mission-styled first new wing in 1903
  • When sold to the Swig family in 1935, the hotel almost went out of business even after Swig sold over 1,000 historical paintings and artifacts.
  • In 1977, the hotel became a National Historical Landmark, successfully saving the hotel
  • Having purchased the hotel in 1992, Duane Roberts currently owns and operates the Mission Inn

 

Will you be going anywhere fun or new or exciting this December?

Blogmas 2017

Blogmas Contest

Yep, I might be insane.

I might not have thought this through.

I have 102 things to do!

But no matter, I want to hear from you!

Impromptu Blogmas Contest!

 May the best blogmaser win!

How to enter:

  • Create a blogmas post! Your post must be all about Christmas, see my previous post on “How To Blogmas”
  • Once you have created and published your post, drop your link to that post below in the comments. ALSO, this is important, do NOT just drop the link by itself (it will go directly to my spam), so you must also leave a one-line summary of your blogmas post 😀
  • Check out at least two other blogmas posts and comment beneath their links so I can see that you did so (#community)
  • You can only drop ONE LINK, so if you want to wait until Dec 25th to choose that is alright.
  • Must be subscribed (following) to my page to keep up with contest announcements
  • DECEMBER 25th is the LAST DAY TO DROP YOUR LINK FOR THE CONTEST!

 

Prizes:

  • Holiday Spirit! No really, by posting and reading blogmas posts, you should definitely feel some holiday spirit!
  • I will publish my top three favorite Blogmas posts on my Blog Site. The top blogmas post winner will also be accompanied by a short author bio and link back to the winner of course.
  • A fun time! Christmas is a happy time and hopefully, through this contest you can meet other bloggers and other bloggers can meet you! I can’t wait to read all the amazing Blogmas posts!

 

Merry Blogmas Everyone!

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Blogmas 2017, Blogs / Life

DECEMBER 1ST and Blogmas!

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Let’s be honest, my tree got put up two days before Thanksgiving because I just couldn’t help myself and I am that person who started listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween. (Before you judge, I’ll have you know I listen to Halloween music all October but there is no such thing as Thanksgiving music so I have no choice but to move directly to Christmas music). And now, that December is finally here . . .

I absolutely ADORE Christmas time, for many reasons!

  • Firstly, Christmas for me is about Christ’s birth. I am blessed that there is a God who loves me enough to send his own son to live on this earth where He experienced his own share of heartache and pain. While Christ may not have actually been born in December, its the celebration itself and not the date that I am excited for.
  • Secondly, it’s another reason to get together with my family. I am not a huge shopper (thankfully because my wallet couldn’t support that habit anyway), but I do enjoy buying gifts for others. I love knowing that when they open my gift their eyes will light up. I love knowing that I can make them happy, especially when its the little things that do the trick.
  • Thirdly, school is out during Christmas break. So while the first two weeks of December are a bit hectic (finishing up that thesis, please send prayers my way!), the last two weeks are bliss. Also, this December I will be graduating with my Master’s degree so that’s an extra bonus!
  • Fourthly, the weather (FINALLY) begins to cool down and I get to enjoy Christmas sweaters (my newest one has candy cane sleeves and says “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) and boots!
  • Fifthly, as already hinted at, I LOVE CHRISTMAS MUSIC! I will be posting about my top 12 favorite Christmas songs closer to Christmas.
  • Sixth, I love Christmas decorations and lights. My house has been decorated for a week now (my dad does an incredible job on the outside lights) and we have a very special carousel-mantel piece that my mom and I set up every year along with our manger scene.
  • Seventh, people seem genuinely kinder around Christmas. Perhaps its the lights, perhaps its the hot coco, perhaps its family, but whatever the reason, people seem to soften up during December.
  • Eighth, I’ve decided to participate in Blogmas this year. Apparently during the month of December bloggers can put their entire focus on Christmas or just a few posts here and there. Since I already had some Christmas posts planned, I’ve decided to officially do Blogmas! You should join me!blogmas.jpg***Photo belongs to KaylaAnn, please do not reuse without permission***

 

What do you love most about December? Will you be participating in Blogmas?

 

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