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Monday Mantra: A Christmas Reminder



I know we’re not in December.

But hey, now that that’s cleared up lol, good morning! 🙂

In honor of this new-ish series dedicated to bettering your Monday mornings (and mine, Mondays can be a struggle for me too. I’ve got 2…3? exams, two essays, and who knows what else coming up this week to prep for), I wanted to pop in with a quick reminder.

Think back to Christmas.

Now, we all know how the holiday season works: big hullabaloo the two, maybe three, months preceding Christmas–all the fanfare, sparkling lights, and smiling faces. Christmas Eve the anticipation mounts, children can’t sleep for dreams of white beards and red noses, until, finally, Christmas Day at last! Families gather together, presents are exchanged, and the trees glow.

Then… it’s over. Done. Nothing.

Those generous thoughts, the optimistic mentality, that kind approach just… vanish. Everyone goes back to their “normal” routine.

Why can’t that be the normal though?

If you’re a few years (cough, decades–hey, no shame! That just makes you wiser than us youngin’s) past your childhood, it may not be as vivid, but do you remember what it was like waking up on Christmas morning as a child? Excitement ringing through your body, like nothing could go wrong this one day? How nice it was that, just this once, nobody would argue–and if they did, they’d have to put it away for the rest of the day because it was Christmas?

I’m gonna let you in on a big secret. Huge, completely mind-blowing. A total epiphany I had this past Christmas. You ready?

You can live like it’s Christmas every day.

One choice. One selfless instead of selfish. One smile instead of a frown. You choose.

Today and every day, you have the power to make the day great. I promise you, if you fill your happiness meter with God and ask for his peace and joy, nothing can take that away from you. Jesus died for you. Jesus rose for you. Jesus was born for you. That gives you a free ticket to live every day like a birthday party, no matter who is pooping on your party.

I’d say it’s time to start celebrating, how about you?


Also relating to Christmas (what can I say, it’s my favorite holiday!), mom finally bought the cartoon movie The Star! If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it–especially if you have little ones. Or, you know, if you’re just like me and are a little one at heart. Whichever. Thank you so much for reading and for all the support! You are beautiful and you are loved ❤︎


5 thoughts on “Monday Mantra: A Christmas Reminder

    1. You’re very welcome! I got a mini Christmas tree a few months ago, and it has been a wonderful reminder to carry the Kindness, Generosity, and Optimism throughout the rest of the year–because it’s going to stay up all year haha!

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  1. Since reading this post a few weeks ago, I keep forgetting to come back to comment! But I must tell you, it really got me thinking (: A few times in the days since, I found myself thinking how wonderful it would be to live in that kind of love daily … but I couldn’t remember where the inspiration behind that thought came from, haha! This was such an eye-opener for me, Jordan – I’ve always LOVED Christmas morning, and every year, it makes me sad to watch as that joy slowly diminishes once the presents have all been opened. We’re all still happy it’s Christmas lol, but with the anticipation of what everyone was getting faded, so did that joy … but it doesn’t have to be like that. You’ve really inspired me, Jordan! ❤ Thank you!

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    1. Awww haha, I’m just glad it brought you that reminder of joy, whether you remembered where it came from or not haha!! ❤ It breaks my heart, truly, to think about how differently people act on Christmas morning compared to, say, this morning or any other morning. Who’s to say you can’t be that happy and grateful every other day of the year?? I’m not 100% at the point yet, but with the God’s help, I’m trying! 😊

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      1. Haha! ❤ I know, it stinks that we choose to focus all of our joy for the whole year in that one morning of bliss … as if we spend all our positive energy on Christmas. It's so sad! YES! We can experience that kind of happiness and joyful drive every day (:


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