My 5 Favorite Christmas Ornaments

My 5 Favorite Christmas Ornaments

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Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. All of the houses are all decked out with Christmas lights and everything is almost always covered in a thin layer of snow. One of my favorite things to do during Christmas is decorating our Christmas tree. Even though I wasn't home when our tree was being decorated, I still enjoy looking at all the various ornaments that we have acquired throughout the years. Here are some of my favorite Christmas tree ornaments and why they are my favorite.




1.) My Teacup Ornament

This little teacup has so many different memories attached to it. I first bought this ornament as a party favor for all of the girls who attended my fifteenth birthday party. It was at a tea house during the holidays, so I thought that it was the perfect little gift to give to each of them. (Of course I had to keep one for myself!)



2.) My Piano Ornament

Ahhhhh.....my piano ornament. I got this ornament when I was eleven years old. This was the time when I was obsessed with the piano and everything that had to do with music. I still love playing the piano and listening to music, but I have certainly calmed down quite a bit! This will always be one of my favorite ornaments to look at because it reminds me of how incredibly blessed I am to have gotten the opportunity to learn how to play this beautiful instrument.



3.) My Disney Ornament

I have always been obsessed with Disney. Anyone who knows me on a personal level is aware of this. Although I am the proud owner of many different Disney ornaments, this particular Minnie ornament was purchased during my sweet sixteen trip to Disney World. That was, by far, my favorite trip to Disney. I got to spend time with my whole family (that's very rare). The best part was when all of the male staff called me "Your highness" or "Your majesty"!! Now that is an experience that I will never forget!!



4.) The Christmas Pickle

This ornament has been in my family for many years. The Christmas Pickle is a German tradition that my family uses to decide who gets to open the first present on Christmas morning. When I was a little girl, my brother and I loved this iconic tradition. We used to throw elbows when we were searching the tree for this ornament. It was quite comical actually.



5.) The Snowflake Ornament

I absolutely love this ornament!! I love how the lights on the tree reflect off of the glass. It is probably one of the prettiest ornaments that we have on our tree right now (at least in my opinion)! This ornament also reminds me of how beautiful the snow really is. Yeah, it causes some troubles here and there, but all in all, it is one of my favorite types of weather there can be. It wouldn't be Christmas is there wasn't any snow!!

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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