52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge. Weeks 44 & 45

My life has recently been thrown into a chaotic whirlwind, and last week I barely found the time to breathe. I miss blogging when I don’t keep up with it though, so I’m at least going to catch up on this challenge!


Week 44: Your favorite holiday

My favorite holiday is Christmas (Thanksgiving is a very close second). I love everything about Christmas… celebrating our Savior’s birth, the lights, the presents (mostly giving, but I enjoy getting too 😉 ), the decorations, food, music, movies, festivities!! I am all about traditions, and Christmas has lots of them! This time of year brings out the child in me.

It is tradition in my family to give each other an ornament every year. We usually tape it to the outside of the package. This will be the first year I don’t receive one from my mom and it breaks my heart. However, I did do an ornament exchange with my husband. I plan to share an entire post about this next week!

This year my husband and I started a new tradition together, a Christmas date night in. Just the two of us, no tablets, phones, completely unconnected until the end of the day when we share our photos & day with friends on Facebook. We watched Christmas movies, listened to music, made a crock-pot meal, decorated ginger bread houses, and just hung out! We are already talking about what we want to do for next years date!! This got me into the Christmas spirit!

This year has been harder for me to get into the spirit than usual. Christmas was my mom’s favorite holiday and she and I have shared many traditions over the years. It’s not the same without her, but I’m making new traditions, while keeping some of the old ones, and I’ll always have her with me, even if she’s not here physically.I promised my mom before she died that after she was no longer with me, that I wouldn’t stop loving Christmas, that I would continue to act like a child this time of year and get excited, and of course, to remember it’s true meaning. This was hard for me at first, I didn’t want to even celebrate it at all, but I forced myself, because I make a point to never break my promises, and that was something my mom always admired about me. So I went all out! Every inch of my living room is decorated, my kitchen, dinning room, and even bathroom have decorations. I went all out. I even made a new wreath for my front door! I think my mom would have loved it, and I know she’d be proud of me!

What is your favorite holiday?


Week 45:

What do you do for fun?

I do many things for fun, such as; reading, writing, crafting, baking, cooking, watching movies, listening to music, hanging out with friends, planning date nights with my husband, photography, scrapbooking etc…

This weekend I’m going to geek out over Christmas movies, baking, and finishing my Christmas cards. For the last two years I have made my Christmas cards, and this year is no exception. If I have your address, you’ll be receiving a card this week. I’m a little later than usually. I like for people to receive my cards the week before Christmas, but as I mentioned earlier, my life has been crazy hectic, and by the time I get home. I’m just too exhausted.

This weekends fun includes:

  • Finishing Christmas cards and getting them out in the mail
  • Baking Peanut Butter Cornflake Candy
  • Watching A Christmas Carol
  • Getting ready for the Asset Development Christmas party on Monday (wrapping my gift for the Chinese gift exchange, making macaroni & cheese, and laying out my Christmas sweater & accessories.
  • Wrapping my dad’s presents
  • Writing my grocery list for Christmas Eve & Christmas dinner (I already have the ham! Yes, I love making lists)
  • Watching The Polar Express
  • Cookie baking with my friend Amanda

I think that’s it for now. What do you like to do for fun?


Love & life lessons,


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25 Responses to 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge. Weeks 44 & 45

  1. Josh Wrenn says:

    I hope your chaotic whirlwind calms down. For fun at this time of year, I like to go light hunting with friends and loved ones, make committee, and do like you did with your hubby and just have like a Christmas date night with the one I love. Hopefully I can do those things next year.

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    • kristianw84 says:

      Thank you. It will be fine, just craziness of being a manager at work, and having employees retire, and a boss put in her resignation. Lots of changes, but this is also my time to shine to show I can handle a possible promotion by picking up the slack! It’s just a lot, my regular job feels like I’m doing the work of 5 people, let alone helping with the programs that don’t currently have support. I hope you are able to enjoy next Christmas with a special loved one as well, and I hope this Christmas finds you happiness in the meantime!

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  2. This has been great to read! I am looking to do this challenge in the New Year =D

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  3. I’m sorry about your mother passing. I think it’s great though that you promised to still love Christmas and that you’re continuing with some of your traditions! I hope you have a great holiday!

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  4. TheOriginalPhoenix says:

    Hey I saw that you’re SUPER busy with things right now and I still haven’t heard back from you about the guest post. Do you still want to do that or is it off the table at this point? It’s totally okay if it isn’t going to work out! Please let me know either way 🙂

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  5. maureenrose7 says:

    first let me say XOXO!!! touching post was very nice to read and sorry with my whole heart for your loss of your Mom. I love the date night in! My daughter and her husband do this same thing and one thing that I love is that they still cut paper snowflakes together..they are high school sweethearts and have done it for 11 years now! Merry Christmas honey XO!

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  6. Lovely post ❤ ❤ My favourite holiday is also Christmas 🙂 🙂 I love spending time with family and friends. For fun I love drawing, painting, sewing, watching anime and gaming. Pretty much anything where I can be creative x x

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  7. Laura Beth says:

    I love Christmas, although this year it just felt strange. I think part of it was my parents weren’t here in town. They’ve been traveling since the 20th, and won’t be back until this coming weekend. Plus, there was some family drama on my in-laws’ side, and it kinda brought me down. However, I tried to enjoy it as much as possible.

    For fun, I love to read, write, dress up my American Girl dolls, make lists, organize, and writing letters / cards.

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  8. kristianw84 says:

    I did have a good Christmas, but it wasn’t the same for me either. I had a few surprises though, and I LOVE surprises, so that was nice.

    I also really enjoy making lists! I have lists everywhere! 🙂

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