Christmas Countdown C -25

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Introduction

Sorry to state the obvious but. Christmastime is stressful, especially for women. Our schedules are already full then we add all the Holiday tasks & activities to our busy, busy lives.

Over the years, I have heard many women wishing for December 26. They view Christmas as a necessary ordeal they endure for the sake of their families. Many of these women find no personal joy in the season.

I myself struggled with Christmas for years. I put unnecessary pressure on myself to make everything perfect which is an impossible challenge under normal circumstances. Add to it the fact I work in a church that produce a large Christmas pageant that began rehearsals mid-November & performances running through December 30 & you can see how I was setting myself up for, well maybe not failure but an incredible amount of stress.

Finally, it occurred to me that I was completely missing the message of the season. I reminded myself that God didn’t send His Son just to cause me stress each Christmas! Once I got that through my thick head, I was able to get a better handle on things. And now, I want to help you!

The #1 secret to reducing Christmas stress is planning. The #2 secret is breaking all your tasks down into smaller pieces & spreading them out over the entire season. Rather than pushing yourself to do it all at once, you can just do a simple task each day until everything is done!

From now until Christmas, I am sharing a tip, idea& advice to help you reduce your stress & put the joy back into the season. In addition, I am offering you decorating ideas, craft projects, recipes & more!

Christmas is a very special time for families. However, if mama isn’t joyful, no ones joyful! Let’s work together to give your entire family a very Merry & Joy-filled season!

Christmas Hugs & Blessings!
Jean Ann

Creative Christmas Wreaths

Creative Christmas Wreaths

One of the best things about making wreaths for my gift shop is being able to hang them throughout our home this Christmas. I keep them on display so clients are able to see them as they might look in their own homes.

You can also hang wreaths throughout your home when you create your own using these ideas from BHG. I LOVE the wreath in the photo, using gift boxes in a variety of sizes to make a wreath. Such a colorful, cute & simple idea! Have fun! And craft on!

Christmas Wreaths

Classic Life of Simple Joy Podcast: The Simple Joy of Holiday Decorating Part 3

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Preparing for the Holiday season can be exciting! It can also be extremely stressful! There is so much to do on top of everything else you must get done each day, each week. How can you possibly add one more thing to your already busy schedule? Still, Christmas is coming whether you are prepared or not! This year, reduce Holiday stress when you take the Simple Joy approach to Christmas!

This week, Jean Ann discusses ways to simplify the process of decorating your home for Christmas. You can have a beautiful home filled with Holiday decorations without the added stress. Each day this week, Jean Ann offers tips & ideas on a different area of Holiday home decoration!

This Christmas, let’s take the stress out of the season! Let’s make Christmas a Simple Joy!

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Classic Life of Simple Joy Podcast: The Simple Joy of Holiday Decorating Part 2

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Preparing for the Holiday season can be exciting! It can also be extremely stressful! There is so much to do on top of everything else you must get done each day, each week. How can you possibly add one more thing to your already busy schedule? Still, Christmas is coming whether you are prepared or not! This year, reduce Holiday stress when you take the Simple Joy approach to Christmas!

This week, Jean Ann discusses ways to simplify the process of decorating your home for Christmas. You can have a beautiful home filled with Holiday decorations without the added stress. Each day this week, Jean Ann offers tips & ideas on a different area of Holiday home decoration!

This Christmas, let’s take the stress out of the season! Let’s make Christmas a Simple Joy!

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10 Everyday Items That Make Awesome Christmas Trees

10 Everyday Items That Make Awesome Christmas Trees

It’s fun to add Christmas decorations throughout your house, especially Christmas trees. Unfortunately, trees can be expensive & difficult to store. good Housekeeping has solved both problems for you. they have put together trees that you can make with ordinary things found around your home or easily picked up. I LOVE this pallet tree! Such fun & a true Simple Joy!

Christmas Trees

Classic Life of Simple Joy Podcast: The Simple Joy of Holiday Decorating Part 1

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Preparing for the Holiday season can be exciting! It can also be extremely stressful! There is so much to do on top of everything else you must get done each day, each week. How can you possibly add one more thing to your already busy schedule? Still, Christmas is coming whether you are prepared or not! This year, reduce Holiday stress when you take the Simple Joy approach to Christmas!

This week, Jean Ann discusses ways to simplify the process of decorating your home for Christmas. You can have a beautiful home filled with Holiday decorations without the added stress. Each day this week, Jean Ann offers tips & ideas on a different area of Holiday home decoration!

This Christmas, let’s take the stress out of the season! Let’s make Christmas a Simple Joy!

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33 Christmas Table Settings & Centerpieces

33 Christmas Table Settings & Centerpieces

Creating a fabulous centerpiece for your Holiday table doesn’t need to be expensive or hard. You don’t even have to buy a centerpiece. You can make it yourself!

These days, a Christmas centerpiece isn’t just for company. You can create a centerpiece that decorates your table all season long! When company comes over, put together a different look for your table based on the occasion. The centerpiece in the photo above is simple & beautiful! It doesn’t take much for you to create a lovely table this Christmas. Country Living is ready to help you with their guide of 33 table settings & decorations! You might want to try something different every night! Now that’s a Simple Joy!

Christmas Centerpieces

Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

I believe Christmas decorating begins outdoors! Whether you are welcoming guests into your home or just offering Holiday greetings to people walking by your house, your home can begin sharing your Christmas warmth before anyone enters.

Midwest Living has a variety of ways to add Christmas cheer to the outside of your home. You might be tempted to try them all!

Outdoor Decorating

DIY Holiday Ornaments You’ll Love

DIY Holiday Ornaments You'll Love

This time of year, I enjoy seeing all the elegant trees featured in magazines, on websites & shared by people on FB. I sometimes long for those perfect trees, decorated so carefully with items that coordinate with one another. Then I look at my tree. It is beautiful in its own way but there are a few items that would prevent it from being featured in any magazine. There’s the cloth ornament with “For Dad” on one side & “Fro Mom” on the other, made by The Child when she was young. There’s the faded ornament with my name written in glitter, given to me by our church when I was a toddler. There’s the 2 angels with The Child’s name on one & my name on the other. Our names were added with labels printed out by Mr. D. who wanted us to know we were HIS angels! These decorations may not be elegant but they are packed with memories & money can buy those no matter how hard we try!

Woman’s Day offers you the opportunity to create memories with your family this Christmas. They have developed a series of DIY ornaments that you & your family can make to added to your tree this year & in the years to come. Enjoy!

DIY Ornaments