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Last day of November…

What better way to end the last day of November than decorating our Christmas tree while the Transiberian orchestra’s music fills our happy little apartment? I couldn’t think of a better way to say goodbye to November and hello to December.  I love listening to the music that celebrates our Saviors birth, the goodness God has given, and wishing the mood would last all year long really!

It saddened me greatly when I watched the news and heard of people getting hurt and even killed over black Friday. Truly people have lost the true meaning of Christmas and have lost themselves in consumerism. I enjoy a good deal here and there too but truly do people have to behave so savagely? This part of the Holiday season I do not enjoy, it’s the people stressing because of the economy …feeling that they can’t get things that their loved ones want…it’s not about all that though America tells us that it is.  One of my youngest sisters also greatly feels as I do and would prefer no gift at all during this time… we received the gift we didn’t even deserve thousands of years ago when Christ sacrificed himself so that we could spend eternity with him… Christmas to me isn’t about all the shiny/new gifts, not about Santa Claus,  it’s about my savior.  I did get my sisters a few things because God did bless me in the finical area and I wanted to guilty make up for not seeing them in over two years…

Next year and the years to come, I want to Bow out of Christmas.  I’ll celebrate the Holiday of course with good food and enjoying the decorating and lights but as for gifting everyone….that’s hard to do when you are trying to save up for a house and with probably more children on the way knowing me… (lol… yes I want more kids…they are a joy and a gift from God). I don’t mind Grandparents getting things for the children but as for me and I speak for my husband too we don’t need anything.

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Did You Know God Loves You?

I really am enjoying have giveaways on my blog! One of the main reason was to bring in traffic… but I am really liking the ideas people are giving me for new designs… it really gets my designing juices going! Take the design above for example, I created that because someone said they’d love to see a christian shirt about being happy because God loves you encouraging you to smile! We have so much to be thankful for so we should smile and be a bit more cheery, don’t you think?

Zazzle has finally made way for you to easily post your designs on more than product and this saves me sooooo much time! It’s a big blessing to me and I was thrilled to find out about it!

You find these design about here at my Zazzle store or you can head on over to my shop front at Virtuous Planet.

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Lovin’ The Holidays Festival

I’d like to encourage to swing on by Loving Heart Mommy’s Lovin’ the Holidays Festival! She is needing sponsors and you! Her festival is running November 15th to January 15th so be sure to stop on by.  She is featuring great product reviews, gift giving guides, giveaways, arts/crafts, recipes, and much more!

Current Giveaways over at the Festival include:

A Mouse pad of your choice from my Zazzle Shop
Lily Bean Designs is ginvig away three incredibly cute hair clippies!

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Holiday Picks and Great Giveaways 2008

Holiday Picks & Giveaways 2008: Everyday is a new prize from November 24 to December 1st enter to win prizes from Liz at This Full House.

Day 1 – For the Outdoors: Lands’ End Collection of Warm Fuzzies
Day 2 – For Him: Man Spa Gift Package from Sothys Paris – Because, He’s Worth It…too!
Day 3 – For the Home: Deck the Halls, Clean the Floors and Green Gift Giving
Day 4 – For the Grandparents: Gift of the Christmas Cookie
Day 5 – For the Whole Family: Black Friday Night at the Movies…um…Night!
Day 6 – For the Kitchen: Pillsbury Home is Calling Gift Basket
Day 7 – For the Toy Box: The Discovery Store
Day 8 – Gifts that Give Back: Save the Oceans, Adopt a Creature!

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