Christmas and the other can end up…


“Christmas and the others can end up making you sad, because you know you should be happy.”

~ Ava Dellaria


Have you ever noticed this phenomenon? I keep seeing more and more about it in the news these days, talking about how we start listening to Christmas music too soon and it ends up making us feel worse as opposed to happy. We put so much stress on ourselves to create the perfect holiday, and end up feeling miserable. And then for people like me, maybe you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one. This is my first year as a true orphan, as my mother died back in August. I also lost my great-aunt and my aunt that month. A month later, my best friend’s father died. This all after losing friends earlier in the year. Needless to say, 2018 has seriously sucked. And yeah, I’m feeling this for sure this year.

Now, please don’t worry about me. I am okay. It will be okay. I have a great support system and take things one day at a time. But my question to you is, do you have that support system? Do you know people who need that support system? Friends of mine recently lost their son, whom they thought was okay, but was deftly hiding severe depression. 

Remember that there’s no such thing as a perfect Christmas. Sometimes it’s those glitches that make it even more memorable and worthy of stories for years and years to come. Keep tabs on how you are feeling. Check in regularly with your loved ones to make sure they are okay. Learn the signs of depression. And if you’re feeling lost, please reach out for help, such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Anyone who believes that men…


Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present.


Although, I do have to say that the opposite was true in my own family. My father was an impeccable gift-wrapper and my mom couldn’t be bothered as much. Granted, she was also a church organist and very busy at this time of year. And some of my favorite memories are from the game my sister and I played when Mom finally handed us each a garbage bag and told us to just reach in and grab one thing at a time, because she didn’t have time to wrap. One would pick out something and the other would have to root around until she found her matching gift, as we usually got identical or similar gifts from Mom, trying to make it “fair.” (Bless her heart, lol.) 

My male best friend is the same way. He even makes his own bows. I have never seen anyone be as meticulous with gift wrapping as he is. His future wife is a lucky woman. 😉 

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes With Salted Caramel Crunch Topping

Sometimes you need to mix up your traditional holiday desserts for something a little different, to create a new tradition. Or maybe you’re just looking for a way to allow yourself to still indulge a little bit, but to not be temped to eat a large piece of pumpkin pie. Then there are those holiday get-togethers where you want to serve something small and bite-sized to make it easier to share. These mini pumpkin cheesecakes definitely fit the bill. They’re tasty, they sparkle, and they truly delight the sweets lovers in your life.

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