It’s the third Sunday of Advent, this begins the week when we focus on Joy. We’ve passed the halfway point in advent and begin to really get excited about the coming of Christmas. It’s time for Joy, but what does that mean?
In America, we are expected to pursue happiness, but how do we cultivate joy? What’s the difference? It seems to me, that happiness is easily influenced by external forces, but joy seems to bubble up from within us and can be tapped regardless of circumstance. Over the next few days reflecting on the nature of joy and singing songs that bring me joy. Also, because the pressure of last minute holiday shopping cause levels of anxiety capable of damping even the loudest joy (though never silencing it completely), we’ll be offering up some quick, easy and inexpensive crafts that will be sure to bring a smile.
As we enter this week, I want to express how much joy your shares, comments, posts and texts have brought us, and how incredibly grateful we are for all of you.. We hope that this small offering is bringing some joy to your season.
This simple craft is super inexpensive, quick, and allows you to set things on fire!
Note: When working with fire, please be careful and take all necessary safety precautions!
When I think of joyful songs, this is definitely in my top 10. The "shout it from the rooftops" sentiment coupled with a tune that is both classic and playful taps into something deep within me and I can't help but smile.
This week will be filled with songs that elicit joy and activities that will hopefully provide some ideas for last minute one-of-a-kind gifts. In my experience, nothing sparks joy for me more than giving someone something truly unique.
We would love to hear how you cultivate joy during the holidays and throughout the year. Join the conversation on our Facebook page!
Have a joyful Monday!
There is a joy in anticipation, a mix of hope, possibility and uncertainty that makes room for magic and miracles. We're a week away for Christmas Eve and preparation is starting to turn into excitement. The work of advent is becoming the act of celebration. Now is a good time to share your joy.
When I was little, I was pretty sure "ideo" encapsulated some incredible truth or meant "woo-hoo" in Latin, because that was how it felt to sing it. Apparently literally translates to "therefore" which, I guess is cool too. For me, it still feels like "woo-hoo!"
Snow globe ornament (I got these at Dollar Tree), printed pictures sized to fit, cardboard, glue, glitter, utility knife
This is the quiet, reflective, lullaby version of Joy to the World. Truth be told, we recorded this after a long day. I was laying in bed, exhausted. I had the cat on my chest and my beloved and his guitar beside me, overwhelmed with joy.
I hope you're finding moments of solace in this season.
Note: There are a plethora of recipes and tutorials for sugar scrubs which vary widely. I ended up just kind of going by feel, so you might want to try a few recipes to find your favorite
coconut oil, sugar, coffee grounds, and vanilla (optional), mixing bowl, spoon, airtight containers (I used old Trader Joe's body butter jars)
I started with the three main ingredients in close to equal measure. I softened the coconut oil, but tried not to melt because it did weird stuff after being liquefied. Mix together. I had to add more sugar a few times and a fair amount of vanilla because the coffee scent was intense.
Let me know if you have tried and true scrub recipes, pretty please!
All right, I'm not an expert, but I'm not sure ships could sail into Bethlehem until sea levels rise a bit. Unfortunately, it looks like collectively, we're not doing much to avert that.
Canvas tote bag, printer transfer paper (as discussed, you can use the shiny side of printer label pages with the labels removed), fabric markers, fabric paint
I think this might be the most stressful day of the year. Last minute shopping, travel, and for many families prepping for a massive Christmas pageant. It seems to be the part of the season when the wheels fall off, even if you've planned. Our solution, utter silliness and some time with family.