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Holiday Celebrations 2015

We’ve been making the rounds this holiday season. Like literally, LOL! It actually feels like we’ve been to more holiday celebrations this year already then we ever have in the past. And no pos well that’s not a complaint… we’ve also been much more into the spirit of the season this year than any other year in recent memory. That’s a good thing. We’ve actually been riding around singing to Christmas music in the car (well mostly Juan has), our Christmas tree is already up and decorated, and most of our shopping has been completed. Yeah… we don’t even recognize ourselves 🙂

But it might also have something to do with the fact that the kiddo is getting older and we know he still loves this time of the year as much as we do. Who knows? Lo que sí es cierto is that we’re making the most of our excitement this year. Here are a few of the celebrations that have kept us grinning from ear to ear, hugging each other and friends, and feeling really grateful for each and everyone of these experiences!

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It’s one of our yearly holiday traditions now. Each year on the 12th of December we pay our respects to La Virgencita de Guadalupe on her day. Here in Houston it’s a very big tradition. This year, even the Museum of Natural Science has an exhibit all about her called Empress of the Americas. We really enjoyed it this past weekend. 
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At the pretty awesome SkyHouse River Oaks we joined several other Houston bloggers to celebrate the holiday season by raising material and monetary donations for Houston’s Star of Hope Mission. It’s a local nonprofit that serves many of the less fortunate in our community, and especially those who might not have a permanent home right now. It was really great to see so many coming together for this great cause. 
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Here’s another shot of the space from the Holiday Hope event for Star of Hope.
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And, of course, Anjelica front and center, commanding a ladies only selfie. 
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Speaking of good causes, before Thanksgiving, this year, Juan competed in the Houston Media Turkey Calling Contest put together by another nonprofit each year. The competition is organized by Neighborhood Centers and creates awareness for the work they do, as well as for their annual TXU Energy Turkey Trot 5K and 10K race. He didn’t win, but it sure was fun watching him literally act like a turkey. 🙂  
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The folks from Toyota were kind enough to invite us to attend Alejandro Fernandez’s recent concert in Houston. We had so much fun, and it was great running into our good friend and comadre Spoiled Latina. Her and Angie had to do the selfie! 
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We also hosted the 5th Anniversary celebration and Holiday Party for our dear friends from the Houston Bloggers organization. They’re also the same team that puts together the annual Blog Elevated conference (next year in Houston again, WOO-HOO!) We always enjoy doing anything with this great community of Houston Bloggers and leaders. 
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We made some new friends at that event as well. This young couple are recent bloggers and they are really pretty cool. 
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For the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Gala, we spent a wonderful evening with this group of beautiful ladies. The event was awesome, and it was a great excuse to get all washed up and spiffy. As the kids say, we were on fleek, jaja! 
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Finally, earlier this month we previewed the very COOL (pun intended) Ice Land at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. Two words for this very unique experience, SUPER FUN!!

Creative Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

So for us one of the most important things about the holiday season is making our friends and loved ones feel special. More than the gifts we can or can’t get for everyone, we want anyone who we celebrate the season with to know that we’ve given their gifts a lot of thought. Part of achieving that ultimate goal, of course, is the presentation. In the case of Christmas, gift wrapping, dear friends, makes all the difference in the world.

Our creative holiday gift wrapping series proves it! Check out any of the links below see the full HOW TO on each of these gift-wrapping ideas, and then leave us a link to any of the cool holiday ideas that put you in the mood for a little extra holiday cheer.

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Glittered Ribbin Cutouts.
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Newspaper Comics.
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Pretty in Lace.
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A little Ribbon and Sass.
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New twist on the Traditional.
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Mexican Loteria wrapping paper.

The Gift of Forgiveness for Christmas

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.  – Hannah More

Tearful reunion.

There’s a reason it’s so difficult to write about forgiveness.  It’s not an easy action to tackle. It incites the most vulnerable of our emotions and requires us to accept and acknowledge occurrences that are often so hurtful we would rather not think about them at all.  Though often this single action, the act of forgiveness, can be so cathartic for us that it can provide the means to discover new things about ourselves and the life we’ve been holding ourselves back from.

This Christmas, the idea was to write a very heartfelt and emotional post on forgiveness.  A personal account about how learning to forgive has enriched my own life.  Only no matter how many times the words have been typed, retyped and then deleted, none of them seemed quite right.  Which in the end only led to the conclusion that maybe forgiveness is one of those things that I have yet to truly understand, something that still needs to take place within my own heart before I can write about it with any true sincerity and insight.  The truth is this is the most honest about the subject matter I can be.  I don’t understand it.  It scares me.  It makes me uncomfortable and still confuses me.  Though, for the first time in my life, I also think I am at the place where I am ready to learn how to forgive.

Instead of a tearjerker about learning how to forgive then, my challenge to you this Christmas is to consider your own feelings towards forgiveness and maybe even think about if you are ready to let go of some of the bent up frustrations and emotions you’ve been holding onto yourselves.  There really is no pressure if you choose not to.  It just occurred to me the other day that maybe learning how to forgive could be the greatest gift I could give myself esta Navidad…  if for no other reason than to simply enrich my own life.

I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas with all of your loved ones!  ¡Los Quiero!

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