Ready for Mardi Gras?

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In the 1800/s, Mardi Gras was a much more formal affair than today. There were more family orineted activities, less flashing, drinking was not the purpose of it as it has become these days.
So bring back the traditional Mardi Gras feel and host a ball of your own! This article I wrote will give you some great pointers!
Celebrating the Mardi Gras Tradition

Taking Care of Yourself…

So with the holidays here, it is more important now than it ever has been to avoid some of those foods that might tend to bog you down and create the “catch up” phase in January where you resolve to chase health and feel better. In this article, I wrote about how the nutritional requirements change for your body as you grow older and a manipulation of your diet should happen. However, many tips can be applied to anyone reading. Happy Holidays!

http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2012/12/10/seniors-friendly-tips-ultra-healthy-diet

 

Feeling Humility

me and the boys

I know I usually post about the work I have been doing for other bloggers, but today I an writing about a really cool experience that I had with my two sons last night.

You see, my husband learned of a child that had been born ten years ago today this past January. It was a shock, but he now lives with us full time, something we really love! He is a great kid, a few rumples in his personality that are hard to learn when he is almost set in his ways. lol

I am not so sure this little boy had really decorated a Christmas tree with his mom before. We really know so little about his past. But, when we got the tree up, he could barely contain his excitement to be able to help.

As with my tradition when I was little, I put up the lights, strung the ribbons and then found all the glass bulbs that would hang from the branches. JBM just felt the smooth glass in his hand a minute before carefully pinching the metal hanger and deciding where the perfect place to put it was. His eyes were big, as most are in the presence of the magic of Christmas and he let the hook grab a branch leaving it suspended in the lights of the tree.

My younges son, all of 13, stepped in to help me string lights, me on one side, him on the other. Even after JBM had gone to bed, DBT helped me finish the tree, the carols blaring from the radio and the two of us dancing and singing along. The Christmas spirit was in my home last night. Even though there will be very few gifts under that tree, it is the time spent together that makes the difference.

I love my kids so much and pray that when they are grown with kids that they remember the times we spent together crafting the perfect tree!

What Does Christmas Really Mean to you?

I sat down a couple of weeks ago and really thought about what Christmas means to me.

It is about family and friends, love and respect, and making memories that are looked back upon fondly, it is about Christ.

However, these modern days have taken a lot of that out of the holiday and replaced it with mandatory working at a job, spending the day driving from house to house to visit about nothing, endless shopping at department stores to buy the best gifts. We decorate our homes to outdo our neighbors and we remove ‘Christ” from Christmas when we spell it xmas. It seems okay, it is the way of the times.

What I want to do this year…only handmade from the heart gifts, sledding down hills with the kids, building a snowman, having a modest dinner made with my hands, and to stay in one place.

There are many great ideas that we can pull from yesteryear and apply them to our modern celebrations. This article I wrote gives some ways to step back in time and appreciate what you have and not what you can buy. Try it! It may surprise you!

http://simplyshawnnjenn.com/2012/12/start-new-christmas-traditions-by-embracing-the-old-ones.html