‘Tis the Season

by mssinglemama on December 7, 2010

My favorite pictures of the season so far, and we haven’t even really started.

I have to stop reading the newspapers because everything “out there” seems so incredibly dismal and depressing. When everything “in here” is quite the opposite. I feel so tremendously fortunate. To pay the universe forward, I’m sending the last 16 new leaf necklaces to our single moms in Thailand. If you are looking for a charity this season… please consider them. Only $120 supports a mom and her child for one month.

This is the end of the new leaf necklaces but I think there are well over 600 of you wearing them. And that is pretty amazing. So, now we’ll have 16 wearing them all the way in Thailand! The energy we all share… I still think those necklaces are lucky charms.


Congratulations to Amanda (you’ve been e-mailed about your Minted.com gift card).


Thanks again for your comments to my last post. It was very hard to write (and publish) but your comments and the lively discussion by some made it well worth sharing.

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Thrifty Vintage Chic December 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm

aw, this is beautiful!! Christmas is a special time, but is also can be really, really hard when there is no money … and for me, a Christmas tree has been a goal. Out of 5 Christmas’es as a single mom, this is the first REAL tree that I bought and have in my own apartment (not a shoe box studio or one bedroom).

While I have had a tree every year (thanks to my raggedy Walmart artificial pine, I got fresh out of college), it has been a marked goal to finally be living in a real (apartment) home, where putting up a real tree (and the whole process of searching for & buying one) would suitably fit the setting and denote that life has settled and success has been had.

I am thrilled we have reached this point … and for some of you still on the journey, relish every step because it makes getting to this milestone so much more of an accomplishment. (although it may not feel like that now, trust me, it will!)


Stac December 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I am moving towards that point, as far as a “real” tree goes, but I have having a hard time letting go of my 1970s, rusty, old “Charlie Brown” fake tree my grandmother gave me when my son and I made the move to an apartment and out of my parents home. This past sunday I lovingly set it up, and my boyfriend, my son, and I lovingly decorated and i was so happy to see all of my grandmother’s things being put to use (I used them every year for the last 3 years, but this is the first time since she pasted away in March). After my son when to bed, my boyfriend and I sat in the dark with the tree lights on. The last few weeks I had been picking on my little tree, so then my boyfriend turns to me and says “Why would you want to get rid of this tree? It’s perfect, we should always have this tree.” I just about cried right there. Tears of joy though. I love my tree and the future I know I’m heading towards. It’s been a year of growth for me. Well I better get back to work so I can leave in time to go wrap all the presents Santa is going to bring.


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