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Blogmas 2021, Child Development

10 Christmas stories to read to your children (Blogmas Day 10)

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com It’s Christmas Eve’s eve; which means by this time in the Christmas movies, the parents are getting ready to read an aptly themed story to their children and highlight the wonders of Christmas.  If like me, you want to start such a tradition in your household this year and have… Continue reading 10 Christmas stories to read to your children (Blogmas Day 10)

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Blogmas 2021

Jamaican Christmas Customs (Blogmas Day 9)

It’s t-minus 3 days till Christmas and I am over the moon excited. I can’t wait to see all my relatives and enjoy the joyous day with them, reminiscing on the good times and being happy. But as the anticipation for Christmas Day builds, I want to share some of the reasons I love Christmas as… Continue reading Jamaican Christmas Customs (Blogmas Day 9)

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Blogmas 2021

How to Avoid Christmas Holiday Burnout (Blogmas Day 8)

As Christmas Day draws nigh, and the season gets more hectic for most, this is your reminder to take it easy and avoid burnout this season. Although it's coming down to the wire, and this is a stressful period filled with mountain-high to-do lists and prep work, here are five tips of how you can… Continue reading How to Avoid Christmas Holiday Burnout (Blogmas Day 8)

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Blogmas 2021, Health & Wellness

Dealing with grief at Christmas (Blogmas Day 7)

So I missed Blogmas Day 7 yesterday but I am determined to catch up. Great news! You’ll therefore get two new posts today.  Now the reason I missed the day was that I was finalizing preparations for the burial of a loved one, whose spot at the Christmas table will go unoccupied this year.  As… Continue reading Dealing with grief at Christmas (Blogmas Day 7)

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Blogmas 2021

Cleaning Hacks for a Merry Jamaican Christmas (Blogmas Day 6)

A big part of Jamaican Christmas is ensuring that your home is spanking clean on Christmas morning. New curtains? Check. New bed set? Check. Spotless floors? Check. And the list goes on and on. There is nothing about Christmas in Ja that involves clutter and disorganization.  In fact, it is probably the single most important… Continue reading Cleaning Hacks for a Merry Jamaican Christmas (Blogmas Day 6)

Blogmas 2021

Must-watch Christmas movies (Blogmas Day 5)

A large part of Christmas is curling up with family, a warm blanket, and popcorn to watch the movies that get you in the mood for the holidays. Watching these jolly-filled films just does something to get you in the mood. And if you are like me, there just has to be a healthy mix… Continue reading Must-watch Christmas movies (Blogmas Day 5)

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Blogmas 2021

Jamaican Christmas Hits on My Playlist (Blogmas Day 4)

Pause the Mariah Carey Christmas album for a second, and dim that fire for roasting the chestnuts. I promise those are not what we’re roasting in Jamaica this season. In today's Blogmas post (we made it to Day 4, Villagers!) we'll explore a few of my favourite Jamaican Christmas songs that reflect on an idyllic… Continue reading Jamaican Christmas Hits on My Playlist (Blogmas Day 4)

Blogmas 2021, Parenting

Confessions of a Non-Traditional Mom at Christmas (Blogmas Day 2)

I love Christmas. The camaraderie, the laughter, the joy, the food, and all-around happiness are like a drug during the season.  As a child I wanted my experience to be just as how they were in the movies. Heck, if I could rent a two-story house just for the thrill of running down the stairs… Continue reading Confessions of a Non-Traditional Mom at Christmas (Blogmas Day 2)

Blogmas 2021

Welcome to My First Blogmas! (Blogmas Day 1)

Welcome to #12DaysofBlogmas on The Village Ja! I’m so excited to be part of this amazing writing challenge. I’m also anxious about whether I’ll be able to keep up, but I know you’ll certainly keep me accountable - we can do this!  I learned about this last year (wasn’t blogging then) when Jamaican lifestyle blogger,… Continue reading Welcome to My First Blogmas! (Blogmas Day 1)

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How to prepare for Christmas early

It’s Christmas! Well, almost; but if you’re like me, you started thinking about the festive season from as early as October.   Though Christmas is AWESOME, and the season can be quite joyous, it is also stressful if you try to do it all at once. So here’s the first pro tip for preparing ―… Continue reading How to prepare for Christmas early