Holiday Comforts

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What are those little comforts that mean the holidays are here to you? To me those little things tend to be simple things.
Lots and lots of Christmas lights, everywhere from the tree to outside.The Tree is up.Outside lights up, check.
Hot Coffee and Hot Cocoa, being that I only drink these when the weather is cooler and here in Texas that doesn’t happen till the Holidays are here.
Daily Mug.
Now that I have kids of my own the annual trips to visit Santa are back, and the joy those bring.

Then there are the more spiritual comforts that the holidays bring to me. Like spending lots of time with friends and family. I feel like we need to make the time for friends and family all year not just a six week time period. Then sitting down and wrapping the gifts that I have poured my thoughts and love into picking for my loved ones. Watching their face as they unwrap my gift for them, I was taught at a young age it is better to give then receive. I still feel that way, it is tough this year. I am unable to give to all that I want to, I hope that they understand. Donating my time in years past has brought me comfort knowing that those in need are getting the help that they deserve. Can’t forget the smells of the season, my home smelling of the goods I am baking. I think my all time favorite is the magic that this season brings to young children, and that magic brings out the magic in nearly everyone. Along the lines of the magic, getting to be Santa is new to me but bring me so much joy and joy is a comfort to my soul. These are just a few of the comforts the holidays bring to me, what are a yours?

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Small Business Saturday

Thanks to American Express for sponsoring my writing today about small businesses. American Express is presenting Small Business Saturday, a way to honor the local merchants who are the backbone of the economy, this Saturday, November 27. They’re offering statement credits to people who shop at small businesses, advertising for small-business owners, and donations to Girls Inc. for “Likes” of the Small Business Saturday page on Facebook. Join the celebration by clicking the “Like” button and then visiting the Facebook page to learn more about the program and read the terms and conditions that apply.

Now I get to tell you about a couple of my favorite small businesses. The first is the Etsy shop The Pickled Parlor. Kelli started making things for the other mommies in her mommy and me group and fell in love with making things for others. She got the idea to sell her amazing custom creations when her husband lost 5 years ago. She enjoys making her novelty crafts and is self taught graphic designer, with a background in HTML, CSS, and web design.

So please check out her shop The Pickled Parlor.

Kelli also does custom orders.

The second small business I am so happy to feature is Emily of Uff Da Designs. Emily hadn’t really crafted until late into her pregnancy, over come with the desire to make cute accessories for her unborn daughter. When her daughter Poppy was six months old she was laid off from her job of five years. That is when she decided to try her hand at online selling of her lovingly made accessories. Since opening her shop almost six months ago her business has grown by leaps and bounds.

I am in love with her up cycled sweater hats, I will be getting Ian one for Christmas. I am hoping that I will be getting one too. 

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