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Posts Tagged ‘Canadian Thanksgiving’

CeCe’s Creative Christmas Card Display

Posted by terrepruitt on November 25, 2014

In January of this year my friend posted a picture of the Christmas cards she received.  I loved what she did with them and asked her if I could post her picture and idea on my blog.  She is super sweet and she said yes.  She created a Christmas Tree with her Christmas cards!  January is obviously after Christmas and I thought if I posted it in January we would forget about it come December.  So I told her I would post it closer to Christmas so that we could use the idea for Christmas 2014.  She had asked if I wanted a better picture because the one posted here I took off of FB.  I said no.  I do believe it is a bit blurry, but I think blurry is good so all the photo cards she received aren’t posted clearly on my blog.  It is about that time of year when we start thinking about sending out Christmas cards.  And here is a great idea of what to do with the cards you receive.  In the past I have posted about what I do with my Christmas cards, I do put them on the wall, but I really like the idea of putting them in the shape of a tree.  Thanks, CeCe.

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Oooo!  You could also attach some flat ornaments to the wall.  Hanging them in between the rows of cards.  Yeah, That would be nice.  I might just do that.

I was a little sad last year because I estimated that we sent out twice as many cards as we received.  While we do not send out cards just to get one in return, I just love cards and I was a bit sad that it seems as if the tradition of sending out Christmas cards seems to be disappearing.  Although, it could also be that Thanksgiving 2013 was the very LAST week in November with no time after before December started.  That always makes for a super busy Christmastime and I remember having not received a lot of cards when that happened previously.  It is the same this year.  Thanksgiving is the last week in November.  Too close to Christmas.  It would be nice to have at least a week after Thanksgiving before December starts.  Or we should celebrate Thanksgiving in October, like Canada.  That would give us enough time to enjoy it more.  Anyway . . .

Last year we had a great Christmas tree.  It was severely misshapen, but after we decorate it, it looked beautiful AND it lasted a long time.  Even after we put it outside and my husband cut it up for collection, it smelled fresh for days.  This year we might have two trees.  A real tree and a card tree!

So there you have an idea of how to creatively display the Christmas cards you receive and have a “tree” at the same time!

What do you think?  What do you do with the Christmas cards you receive?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #40

Posted by terrepruitt on December 6, 2013

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We are into December.  And there are only three more chances for Goodie Jar Check Ins.  WOW!  I think that we should get the lawmakers to pass a law that makes Thanksgiving either in October like they do in Canada or at least the second to the last Thursday in November so that we can have more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I really like more time from Thanksgiving to December.  I am feeling the rush.  Part of it has to do with the fact that I am in the process of getting hired on at the YMCA as a Nia teacher.  There are a lot of things to do to get hired on at the YMCA as there is with many companies.

So I am feeling the rush.  But I still have time to put things in my Goodie Jar.  One of them, of course, is having an additional place to teach Nia!

How about you?  Are you making time to make notes of the good things?  Are you stopping and “smelling the roses”?  

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Thanksgiving 2012

Posted by terrepruitt on November 22, 2012

I have so much to be thankful for I work on giving thanks all year long.  I tell the people who I am thankful for that I appreciate them.  I do feel so much gratitude that I don’t feel bad taking one of my posts for sharing some things and people who I am thankful for.  Why not, right?  It is my blog and Thursday happens to be one of the days I post.  And since Thanksgiving is set up to occur on Thursdays it just happens that I will be posting on that day.

I did have a conversation recently with my Nia students and we agreed that it would be nice if the United States celebrated Thanksgiving in October as our Canadian neighbors do.  We were talking about how it would be beneficial to have the Holidays spread out a bit.  Having more time in between Thanksgiving and Christmas could ease some stress.  It wouldn’t be one big rush.  Plus the fact that not all of the days off from work would be so close together.  Sounds like a good idea.

As I type this (a bit before Thanksgiving) what is really in the front of my mind to be thankful for is my Nia Students.  I am very grateful to them for holding space for me while I took the Nia Blue Belt Training, the next level of Nia.  As a dance exercise teacher there is a fear that students won’t come back if a class is cancelled.  It takes commitment to come to a class day after day and week after week and sometimes once that habit is broken it is easy to let it go.  So knowing that my students are committed to Nia and to supporting me really helped me let go of the fact that I had to cancel my classes and it allowed me to really BE where I needed to be.

I am also very thankful for the people involved with my Nia Blue Belt.  I am thankful for the organizer.  She kindly kept in communication with me when I didn’t know if I should sign up for the intensive because my mom had been having health issues and at one point she was going to be scheduled for a major (MAJOR, MAJOR) surgery the very week of the intensive.  She let me know that I could register as close as 30 days prior.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI have huge gratitude towards the Nia Trainers who each have their own story, one flying from Hurricane Sandy to come teach us, and the other having had a bee sting, a car accident, and surgery.  And the class, my fellow Blue Belts.  Some of the trainees are actually other belts retaking the blue, but they will be fellow blues to me.  I appreciate the warm and welcoming space that was created and held.  There were many people going through personal situations and they were able to step into the space strong and ready to learn.  They put the issues aside and focused and made it through.  Thank you so much, Blues!

My husband was so great during the entire week of training.  I am a firm believer that the body and brain needs nutrients throughout the day so I make sure that I make him lunch every night.  He is one of those worker-people that will just power through his day not giving a thought to food.  So it is really important that he have lunch right there to eat.  During the intense week he made sure to make his own lunch (AND DINNER) because he knew that if he didn’t I would.  He helped it feel as if I were on vacation from my home duties.  This helped tremendously.

I am very thankful for my mom’s health.  She has been going through some issues this past year and true to my mom she has stumped her doctors.  At first they didn’t know what exactly was going on, then every time they had a treatment plan it would change because my mom does not follow text books or protocols.  She had a stricture in her throat which led to the discovery of lung cancer.  And over the past year has had surgery three times none of which were the one that was planned to fix her throat.  That surgery was to be a major surgery.  And by some miracle (the doctors are amazed) that surgery is no longer needed and her cancer was removed along with a lobe of her lung.  She is almost back to normal.  She just needs to work on getting used to have less lung.  I am very thankful for her health.  It was a very long, stressful year.

My friends are always on the top of the list of blessings I am thankful for.  I am always amazed at the wonderful people who I have that love and support me.  And I am eternally grateful.  I am grateful for my family.  I am grateful for Nia.  It is an amazing practice and through it I have met even more amazing people.

I hope that those of you that celebrate Thanksgiving have a very Happy One.  And I invite everyone to take a moment to think of something they are thankful for.  Anything you care to share that you are thankful for?

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