Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Celebrating Christmas As A Single Mom

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With Christmas just 22 days away, I feel an unusual sense of calm this year. This will be my sixth Christmas as a single mom, and I think I’ve finally gotten to a stable place in my life where I can balance the additional bells and whistles of Christmas with everyday life. And I’ve learned not to expect anyone else, even my co-parent to step up and participate during the holiday season.

I look at my life now – a full-time job, a college degree, a nice apartment in a good city, Christmas presents hiding out in my closet…and I get goosebumps. Things but a few years ago weren’t so seemingly put together.

Being a single parent has required me to be extremely creative during the holidays, even to get the most basic of items. I watch every dollar that comes in, and now paying my student loans off there hasn’t always been a lot, if any, extra funds to spend during the holidays.

I didn’t grow up with a lavish Christmas; it was the opposite in our house. With four kids, and often foster kids, a single mom working at times with two jobs, we were happy for what we had at the end of the day – each other. And when I became a mom there was a sense of excitement to have an extravagant Christmas, for her Dad and I to really provide for her what we didn’t have ourselves. And then I struggled being a single mom and that dream seemed further from my grasp.

Read the rest of Celebrating Christmas As A Single Mom over at The Young Mommy Life.



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Giveaway: Win Tickets to A Christmas Story, The Musical in Boston!

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****Congratulations to Robert Loranger!!!****

With Halloween now over, it’s only a matter of time before Christmas will be knocking on the door. I’m not quite ready to accept this truth, even though I’ve already begun Christmas shopping! Along with the hustle and bustle of Christmas comes an important tradition in our house – watching A Christmas Story. The day long marathon still excites me and the jokes never get stale – it’s a classic movie that will never go out of style. We are a musical family and are delighted that A Christmas Story, The Musical is coming to the Citi Wang Theatre this holiday season! What a special opportunity to see all your favorite movie characters come to life on stage!

About A Christmas Story, The Musical:

Celebrate the holidays with this cherished story that will entertain the whole family with this heart-warming classic tale! The story from a cherished movie classic that has enchanted millions is now a musical spectacular. The story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Co-produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical is musical comedy entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious with and a heart of gold.


Scenes from A Christmas Story, The Musical

A Christmas Story, The Musical plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Wednesday, November 20 – Sunday, December 8 for 27 performances: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm; matinees on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm, and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Note, press opening is Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are priced at $45.00 – $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket and are on sale now. Visit www.citicenter.org or call (866) 348-9738 for more information.  Groups of 10 or may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groupsales@citicenter.org.

Experience A Christmas Story in a new and exciting way this holiday season! Use the code LEGLAMP to save 15% on your tickets or enter my giveaway for a pack of four tickets to the show on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 pm using the widget below:

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Good Luck & Happy Start to the Holiday Season!



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{Season of Giving} $25 Walmart Giftcard Giveaway

CONGRATULATIONS to

 DannyMhegs!!!

This year I put a limit on the amount of gifts I would get my daughter. More often than not I get her extra stuff that she doesn’t need! Case and point: her birthday was almost 3 months ago and she has about 6 gifts she hasn’t opened yet!! So this year I focused in on a handful of items I know she needs and has talked about multiple times. I have cut myself off from buying her more presents and I can’t afford any more!

Soooo in the giving season (and to avoid me buying more) I am giving away a $25 Walmart gift card for you to spend on your loved ones…. or yourself!!

Entering is a breeze, use the widget below!

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Be sure to enter my other giveaway for a $50 Pear Tree Greetings credit!

 



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SAVE at the New Hampshire Gift of Lights Holiday Attraction!

I work right by a kids pottery store and for the past they’ve begun until Christmas. Every morning I walk by and am shocked at how soon the holidays are approaching. Thanksgiving is this week, and Christmas next month. It’s an exciting time of the year, but also stressful. One of my favorite parts of this giving season is taking in all of the beautiful holiday decorations. They automatically put on a smile on my face!

 

That’s why I’m super excited to check out the New Hampshire Gift of Lights Holiday attraction! With so many lights and so little time! Gift of Lights is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. Pile the entire family in the car and prepare to be amazed. Think light tunnels, giant candy canes and Santa up close and personal. What a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

With so much to plan for in the coming months, I’m really looking forward to taking a breather and heading up to NH with my munchkin and basking in the light and joy of the beauty of this magical time of year.

A gift for my local folks who are interested in attending the Gift of Lights – save $2 on the drive through show, so be sure to get your tickets today!!

What local activities are you planning on going to this year with your family?



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What we can learn from the Grinch

“And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

 

My daughter and I have already watched the Grinch (the original & Jim Carrey’s version) about six or seven times already this December. I think there is much to be learned from the Grinch’s story and Cindy Loo Hoo, who despite the community’s fear and disgust with the Grinch, decided that he wasn’t so different from them all after all.
I love the passage above the most from the book, for me it’s a friendly reminder of what the holidays, and Christmas is all about. As a young professional and single mother, the holidays are extremely stressful and I worry about money and being able to get my daughter a few nice things. And then there are my nieces. And my sisters. And my Mom. And my co-workers. And a few close friends. Ahhh!! It’s overwhelming because I like to give meaningful nice gifts to those I care about…and they often carry hefty price tags. And every year I end up in debt over the holidays, regardless of the budget I create for myself. It’s easy to get caught up in the holidays, and I’m guilty of forgetting what the holidays really mean to me and my family. My daughter and I spend Christmas Eve and Christmas together, just the two of us, making cookies and watching movies, and dancing of course. And it’s those moments: setting out cookies and milk for Santa, and when I tuck her in to bed Christmas Eve night that reminds me of what Christmas is all about.
I often doubt my ability to provide for all my daughter’s needs and wants being a single mom. I’m spread t-h-i-n and I have to sacrifice on a daily basis. Christmas isn’t about the gifts; it isn’t about shopping till I drop. It’s about the memories, it’s about love. Under the tree will be full, heck my whole house will be full of Christmas spirit this year because I am blessed; I have a beautiful, happy, kind, healthy child who I am crazy about. She inspires me, she makes me laugh, and she may be the wisest person I know. She is my gift every single day. And that’s not something you can buy in a store.


Happy Holidays from our hearts to yours


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