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I've been fortunate enough to have experienced quite a few Christmas with each year being accompanied by a Christmas wish. As I encounter another Christmas season I find that my wish is the same as it was the previous and to the one prior to that. I wish for my children to enjoy not just the day, but to enjoy these moments where they can happily and unknowingly make life long memories together. I wish for my husband and I to not hold back our laugher and release our fits of giggles as they come. I wish for my family and I to revel and appreciate in the unconditional love that fills the room so warmly and joyously this Christmas. My wish is almost word for word what it was last year because all that I truly desire is for everyone to stay happy, healthy, full of adventure, snuggled in love, and filled with unconditional patience when it pertains to their siblings.
This is my 2018 Christmas wish.
What do you find yourself wishing for this year?
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In today's day and age most of us get caught up in the idea that Christmas is about giving and receiving physical gifts from those around you. A lot of us desire that picture perfect Christmas moment, dinner, and memories. I being included. Which invokes us to spend hours upon hours of endless shopping, gift hunting, gift wrapping, decorating, cooking, and baking.
This is what Christmas as evolved into, but if you take a look back in time. You'll find out the rich history that Christmas has instilled within its core. Since it is Christmas Eve I thought there no better time than now to share with you some of my favorite Christmas history facts.
In what year was Christmas first celebrated?
Christmas was celebrated in the year 336 in the Roman Empire under the rule of Constantine. Constantine is known as the first Christian Roman Emperor. It has been said that he created the celebration of Christmas in order to unite his people. During the time of Constantine rule there was quite a bit of unrest between Christians and non-Christians.
When did Christmas carols first come about?
The majority of the popular icon Christmas songs that we know and love are surprisingly no where as old as Christmas day itself. While there is no real way to know of when, where, and who sang the fist Christmas song. It is known that the ones we sing annually have a time stamp no older than 200 years. One can take an educated guess and come to the conclusion that win the fist Christmases religious hymns we sang in celebration.
Where did the legend of Santa come from?
Santa is known all over the globe by many different names. The first sighting of Santa has been debated for some time now. There are some who believe the first Santa sighting was in 280 and others who believe the first Santa sighting was in 1881.
Our image of what Santa looks like today is curtesy of Cocoa Cola and one of their ad campaigns.
The idea of a Santa stems from the Dutch lore of Sinterklaas or St. Nicholas of Myra.
Why does Santa use reindeer and not elk?
Most believe that the story of Santa's reindeers stem from a publishing in 1821. Although an author near and dear to my heart Washington Irving writes of the flying to the myth of Santa in 1812. Before these two instances it was know that St. Nicholas of Myra and Sinterklaas were known to use a white steed. Mainly because both were considered to be part of the noble class within there respective countries.
What is Christmas?
Christmas is simply a feeling. It's something that enters the room and your heart. That is unless you are like the Grinch or scrooge. Christmas is about goodwill and spending time with those you love.
So enjoy your holiday season, I know we here at Thavin & Marcob will!
Happy Winter Solstice!
Every season has its own beloved highlights. Here are a few of mine for the winter season.
Warm Up The Soul With A Hot Drink
Everyone loves a cup of this traditional winter drink. Some how it hold just a little bit more sparkle when you're snuggled up on the couch sipping on that first cup of the season.
I love enjoying a cup of cocoa when it is prepared with milk instead of water. Not only is it tasty, but it takes me pleasantly down memory lane because it was the way my grandmother always prepared it for me as a child.
A Great Adventure and A Good Book
I have quite a few loves in my life and reading is one of them. I love being able to feel completely transported to a different world. I love the feelings of adventure the pages spark within my heart. It's like I can leap off the highest mountain and fly among the clouds without the worry of falling back down to the earth. During the winter season I love curling up on the couch with a blanket, cup of cocoa, my pups, and a book filled with new adventures to be had.
Unapologetic PJ Day
One of my favorite activities to do during the winter months is to have a PJ Day.
It's a day where we lounge around in our PJ's watching movies and playing family games. It's really just a family lounge around the house day and I love every minute of it.
What are your favorite ways to embrace the cold?
Have any cool traditions?
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We are always in search of new ways to welcome the cold.
Christmas is full of magic and wonder. It is also full of to do lists and short hard to work with time frames. It can be easy to forget something when you have a list of a thousand things that all need to happen before the 25th. If you find yourself hosting any kind of Christmas get together this year and find that your plate is starting to over flow. Don't worry you can always work a little easy Christmas magic and pull something full of wonderment out of thin air.
Turn down the lights
Find every and all available candles then place them randomly throughout in safe zones. Spark a flame and light those beauties up. Turn down the lights and you have created a perfect warm cozy winter atmosphere.
Cheery and merry music is an absolute must. If it feels right start off the night with some holiday tunes. I love to leave the remote handy so that if anyone wants the chance to pick some of their own tunes to jam out to they can. I like to think it keeps things fresh, exciting, and gives everyone a turn to feel musically comfortable. This also takes the stress of being in complete control of the background music off the hostess. Every hostess can agree that less stress is always a blessing.
Festive and imaginative drinks at holiday functions is always a sight, but don't let that pressure to provide a drink that is talked about for days ruin your Christmas spirit. Even if you just toss in a few lemon or cucumber slices into glasses of water your guests will appreciate you effort and time spared to help make their night magically lovely.
Don't feel the pressure to instantly pop out a full 9 course meal equipped with warm towelettes.
Serve what you can and what you have. For if with the crowd of people candles, Christmas jingles, cucumber water, and simple pasta are nothing, but cozy gestures to help illuminate the love and laughter that has filled the room.
Enjoy the moment, relax, and share some laughs. Everything does not need to be picture perfect.
The holidays are all about spending time with each other. It is the time of year one needs to take a deep breath, slow down, and remember what it is we are all working towards.
Best part is you already have it …A Room Filled With Love!
2018 has been a whirlwind to put it simply. We had so many wonderful moments throughout the year. Our shop went through a major expansion in June. We moved into our dream house in July. I even had the opportunity to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary with some of my closet friends and family in an intimate renewal ceremony. While it seemed like every moment lasted an absolute lifetime. Looking back now it seems to have gone by faster than my liking. Regardless each moment was a true blessing that I am eternally grateful for. I hope that 2018 also granted you with many happy and joyous memories.
After much thought Santa, I have decided on what I would like this Christmas this year.
This year I would like for all of my children to stay happy, healthy, and full of adventure. I would like for my passion for fashion to stay alive and burning with a flame that is never extinguished no matter how many obstacles I encounter. I would also like for my two precious pups and our cutely obnoxious cat to stay youthful in spirt. Oh and Santa if you could also somehow squeeze laughter, patience, hunger for adventure, time for mellow Sunday afternoon talks with my children, and a new pair of black boots under the tree I would be filled with immense happiness come Christmas morning.
Of course we will leave your favorite cookies and milk out for you as well as a special treat for the reindeer. We love having you stop by our home every year and you can bet that we will be listening extra closely for the sounds of bells in the sky. Thank you for the Christmas cheer and the merry memories you provide my family and I every year. Stay safe our there.
Write a letter to Santa this year?
What'd you ask for Christmas?
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Fashion is one of my all time loves. However over the years I have realized just how much I value fashion with purpose and meaning. There is just something about knowing the deeper meaning behind my clothing that I just love to support and showcase.
Which is an aspect that I made sure to instill into the core of Thavin & Marcob. I want to be able to provide other passionate fashionistas like myself with a boutique that is fully equipped with great fashions that have even greater meaning.
Head Wear To Showcase
These sports headbands are a true and undeniable fashion find! While they have spunky patterns that are eye catching and while yes they have good stretch to them. What really makes these headbands a magnificent find is that they are crafted by women how bravely starting a new beginning from sex trafficking and/or slavery. These spirited headbands are also wonderfully Fair Trade meaning that these courageous women are receiving Fair Pay for their craftsmanship.
Scarfs Worth The Cold
Who doesn't love cashmere? It is insanely soft, crazy cozy, and keeps you wonderfully warm. So just at first glace these 100% Himalayan Cashmere scarfs are a real fashion treat. However if you take a closer look you will see just how InRiched With Every Stitch these scarfs really are. Both our Knit and Oat Knit cashmere scarfs are Fair Trade. Meaning they are hand loomed in a place were its astonishing workers are paid fairly. This on its own is a special fact to warm any heart, but when you find out that disabled weavers are the ones who hand loomed them. It really makes these cashmere scarfs a winner in both your socially conscientious heart and your wardrobe.
T-Shirts that Triumph
There is rarely a moment when an 100% Organic Cotton T is unwanted. Our Favorite V Neck Black and Denim are no different. Some might just say they shine just a little more because these fashion staples are Fair Trade and signed with the name of your seamstress. Not only do these hard working people receive fair pay for their incredible work, but they sign it just as an artist signs their painting. Win in numerous ways when rocking these glamourous T-Shirts. Experience great comfort and showcase the beautiful work of a very deserving seamstress.
I love giving gifts to my loved ones, but I love even more so
when I give a gift that has purpose and meaning.
Let's shop with purpose together this holiday season.
The holidays are here so it is officially time for my family and I to break out our beloved Family Christmas Traditions. Family traditions are great in my eyes for two reasons. The first being the continuous happy memories that are created each year through them. The second is that no matter anyone's mood that year, they have no choice, but to participate because it is tradition and no one wants to be the Grinch that broke tradition over a measly bad day. My family and I have some wonderful traditions that we do throughout the year every year.
Here are some of my favorite Christmas themed ones.
Thavin & Marcob is a place where you are celebrated for being you!