10 Ways to Spread the Love This Holiday Season

Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner od the web! I am shocked by how fast the year went by and I can’t believe that next week is Christmas! YAYYYYYY!!

Christmas sometimes gets busy, and while everyone is bustling getting gifts, they forget the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus and Love!

Sometimes people are so busy getting gifts for their loved ones, they are mean to others, even their loved ones!

So here’s a little post with a few ways showing you how you can spread love in this season!

1. Hot Choco

Everyone loves hot chocolate, so why not give some of the warm drink to a cold person! Buy some disposable coffee cups with lids, a multi-cup carrier, and make some hot chocolate. Deliver it to folks working outside or to anyone else who needs to feel the warmth of the season.

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2. Yummy Gratitude

Bake a pie or something yummy and drop it off at your local firehouse or police station on Christmas Day. Those guys and gals working our streets don’t get the holidays off!

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3. You’ve got a friend in me

Invite a lonely neighbor or friend over for dinner. Not all of us are fortunate enough to spend Christmas with family—but no one should spend it alone. Consider inviting them over 😀 ( and if you’re a kid, ask your parent’s first xD)

4. Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is an amazing experience! We’ve been doing it every Christmas. To learn more go here!

5. Gift an experience you can enjoy with a loved one.

Another alternative to waiting in long lines at department stores and risking your present being tossed in the trash is gifting an experience that you and your loved one can enjoy. Like taking your beloved daughter to see Hamilton with the original Broadway cast with a backstage pass so she can hug all her smol beans and say hi to all the Hamilton people and start crying while hugging them and showing them fanart she made. *wink* mom. *wink* dad.

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6. Smile More

Simply just smiling at a person can make their day. Sadly in this world now, people aren’t used to smiles. Because whenever I smile at random people they think I’m weird. But, if more people smile it will become normal again! So smile and ya never know, maybe you’ll build an amazing friendship!

7. homemade from the heart

Homemade gifts may not be as fancy as flashy storebought gifts. But homemade presents are made from the heart and are cherished forever.

8. Kindness Counts

You would think it’s easy to be kind during the holiday season. But sometimes even the best of us become scrooges. We take a lot of things for granted. Like food, or even having the money to buy gifts. So remember to think about the others going through hard times. Be kind. Do one kind thing for a person instead of trying to change the whole world.

9. Forgive

There’s no better time to show forgiveness toward someone who has wronged you than today. Christmas should be a reminder about all that Jesus has done for us and how we can exemplify Him through our actions.

10. Love

Loving others may sound clique and the word love may be overused. But truly love others this season. Spread joy and merriness (is that even a word?) and smile.

lets jingle (1)What can you do to spread the love this holiday season?

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introducing elysianartiste.com! + goals for december

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Welcome to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! If your one of my regular smol visitors then you might have noticed something different about my blog.

Elysian Artiste has now become a .com blog! I am really excited about the upgrade. There are so many cool features and things I can do with WordPress now!.
I have a bunch of new features I am really excited to show you guys.

Like an art video!

Isn’t that super cool?! Every other Friday I am planning on making a video post. A post that has a video to go with it!

Also, I am going to have a giveaway really soon as apart of a launch for a super special project I am working on that I can’t wait to show you guys!

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enter abby’s write Christmas contest ( IT LOOKS REALLY COOL!)

enter clara’s Christmas photography contest ( yayy)

work on my super duper project

launch my project and launch giveaway

get arcs ( I NEED ARCS)

make hamilton book tag post

review more books

monetize my site and make money

host a contest

do something Christmasy

try to do blogmas then realize I’m too busy

make a clarinet post (YESS I play the clarinet!)

not freak out at band recital

finish creating designs for youth group at church

learn how to play more songs on the piano

I am screaming right now because tomorrow IS DECEMBER! What happened to the new years?! THE WHOLE YEAR DISSAPEARD! before you know it IT WILL BE CHRISTMAS!

November has been a pretty great month and I am excited for what lies ahead in December!

 

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Are you excited for the new things coming to my blog? What are your goals for December?! Are you excited for Christmas?

thanks for reading!

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//10 reasons why you should smile more often//

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il_fullxfull.1076156844_dsphWelcome back to my corner of the web!

Today I am going to talk about smiling.

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A smile is a simple expression that can not only make you feel happier, but it can also make the world a happier and brighter place. Today I am going to share ten reasons why you should smile more often and how smiling can help others around you.

1Smiling is contagious.

Smiling is very contagious, whenever I see someone smile, I always feel the urge to smile back at them. When I smile at others, most of the time they smile back. When you smile at someone, it gives them a surge of joy and makes them feel happier.

dIt boosts your immune system: Smiling really can improve your physical health, too. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which contributes to good health and a stronger immune system.

 

d (1)Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can permeate our entire being, and can really show up in our faces. Smiling not only helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed but can actually help reduce stress. Believe it or not, smiling can reduce stress even if you don’t feel like smiling or even know that you’re smiling! When you are stressed, take the time to put on a smile. You and those around you will reap the benefits.

d (9)Smiling helps you get over your mistakes.

The next time you make a mistake, smile, and laugh it off. Its much better than getting angry with yourself and it helps you stay in a positive mind zone.

d-2.pngIt’s easier to smile than to frown: Scientists have discovered that your body has to work harder and use more muscles to frown than it does to smile.

 

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Smiling builds relationships. It bridges the gaps between us:                                                 When you smile it draws others closer to you and it’s easier to make friends. No one wants to sit next to someone who is glaring at them. The next time you see someone, turn that frown upside down!

 

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Smiling improves your chance of success. People who smile more think better, are positive, are more likely to tackle new goals and have more opportunities to advance than those who don’t. In short, that often leads to more success.

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Smiling helps to show you know God is in charge. We all face troubles in this world, but even in the face of loss and tragedy we can have hope. (1 Thess 4:13) Choosing to smile helps remind you, and others, that your God is big enough to handle it all.

d (7).pngSmiling encourages others.

When you smile, it in encourages others to do their best. It’s like saying “You’ve got this!” It makes them feel important and special, and no matter what they are going through it always makes them feel better.

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You could be the most beautiful person in the world, but if you’re not wearing a smile, its nothing. Smiling is more attractive than makeup and pretty clothes. A smile is beautiful, loving, caring, kind, tender, forgiving, encouraging and amazing.

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No matter who you are, what you look like, where you are, remember that you are loved by a king, so keep on smiling and wearing your invisible crown because you are beautiful and wonderful and AWESOME in every way!

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What makes you smile? What is your favorite way to share love during Christmas?

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