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Christmas Crossword Puzzle!

Visit this link to PRINT a Christmas Crossword Puzzle with 34 words:

Christmas Crossword

You can click on the “show answers” button for an answer key, or contact me if you want to check an answer!

Here’s a list of the clues (with added details) you will see…


2. Sugarplum
7. Brand of eggnog
8. Abomin____ snowman
10. Ice crystals falling through the atmosphere
11. European city/empire of Christmas origin
13. String for a Christmas tree
15. Reindeer
17. Christmas trees
18. Scrooge’s former business partner
20. A bishop known for helping others who became a Saint
22. Guides lost sheep
23. Nylon foot and leg wear
25. Ninth reindeer
27. A type of sled
29. Days of Christmas
30. Fast reindeer
31. Modern Christmas tree country of origin


1. “A loving heart is the truest wisdom” – A Christmas Carol
3. Affirmative
4. Original Christmas feast bird in England
5. A type of wood
6. Reindeer
7. Holiday movies and greeting card company
8. Northern lights
9. A December flower
12. Holiday bread
14. Italian sweet bread loaf
16. Inhabits middle-earth and the north pole
19. A jolly happy soul
21. Flightless bird
24. Thin shiny Christmas tree decorating strips
25. A Christmas Color
26. A green plant with prickly edges and red berries
28. Trust in

15 Fun Pre-Autumn Projects for Fall 2018

Mid-to-late summer is when I start getting ready for the Fall season. I’ve found the more I prepare ahead of time, the more money I save when the holidays arrive. Not to mention the easier it is to relax and enjoy the spirit of the season. My “pre-autumn” preparation to-do list includes fun projects and some light organization. Enjoy!

Getting a Head Start on Fun Fall Projects & Décor

  1. Save any pretty jars for candle making or illuminating with mini string lights
  2. Practice perfecting a recipe for holiday gifts or gatherings
  3. Have fun trying out homemade pumpkin spice or cinnamon latte recipes
  4. Start adding Fall accessories to your wardrobe, so you’re ready when Fall arrives
  5. Visit arts & crafts stores for first “dibs” on seasonal décor
  6. Give thought to Halloween Costumes to avoid the last minute rush
  7. Collect pine cones and branches for natural, seasonal décor
  8. Find festive “Save the Date” cards for any gatherings you plan to host

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Getting Organized for the Fall

  1. Put any spare change in a jar, every day, to start a holiday fund – coins add up!
  2. Hang stored blankets and winter jackets in the sun to re-freshen them
  3. Buy tickets to a football game or haunted mansion tour once they go on sale!
  4. Consider an organizer or big calendar dedicated to the BUSY “BER” months
  5. Print out schedules for favorite sports teams and TV shows
  6. Organize closets to make room for coats, rain gear, and Christmas presents!
  7. Declutter shelves to make room for holiday gift wrapping and décor

I plan to keep organizing, decluttering and seizing bargains during these more relaxed summer days so I can “breathe” a bit more when the busy season arrives.

Important Mention

While this post is focused on the happy part of the pre-season preparation, home maintenance and safety are extremely important, so I’m setting reminders to check our vehicle tires and windshield wiper blades, smoke detectors, air filters, and rain gutters before the blustery season hits.

For a comprehensive home & safety list, check out this Fall Checklist.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, but do get excited about the fall season!




14 Ideas For Celebrating Christmas Alone

This December 25th, I will be celebrating Christmas morning by myself. Just my dog and me. Initially, this felt like a lonely way to start this joyous day. However, I now see it as the gift of peace and time for reflection.

My plan:

Wake up early, put on my coziest socks, make coffee and read by the lit tree while contemplating the reason for the season. Dog at my side. Holiday music in the background. Complete coziness.

I’m looking forward to my morning walk with my dog because the downtown neighborhood is so peaceful on Christmas. The church just three blocks over rings the most beautiful sounding bell throughout the day. Hopefully, I will get to hear the bells.

In planning for this day, I came up with 14 ideas for celebrating by oneself in the Christmas Spirit, along with a little self-care.

14 Ideas for Celebrating Christmas Alone:

1. Read scripture or anything inspirational.
2. Get outside to breathe in the fresh, crisp air. Appreciate the quietude and beauty.
3. Volunteer.
4. Brainstorm on motivating New Year’s resolutions.
5. Exercise. A well-populated walking or hiking trail sounds ideal.
6. Listen to Christmas music and prepare some appetizers or dessert for Christmas dinner.
7. Write yourself a letter to open Holiday 2018 with goals or a wish list for the season (Place it in your ornament box!)
8. Do something kind for someone, anonymously.
9. Decide to sponsor a child, either domestically or internationally with a charity.
10. Write out New Year’s cards to loved ones.
11. Watch classic Christmas movies.
12. Start a gratitude journal.
13. Decide to read the Bible in 365 days, starting on Christmas Day. Sign up for an online guide.
14. Start a Pinterest page or board with the most meaningful quotes and sayings you can find!

Above all, always remember Christmas means we are never alone.

Merry Christmas!



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