WINTER IN THE COUNTRY

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Fresh white snow on the trees and crunching beneath your feet, starry night skies, crisp cold fresh air, perhaps the jingle of sleigh bells in the distance, the cheerful call of a chickadee and the smell of a wood fire as smoke wafts up the chimney.  Winter in the Country. 

Here are a selection of gift idea and finds for everyone from the shops of the Forget-Me-Nots-Daily-Discovery Team.  Ideas to help you warm up, spend a lazy day inside, or enjoy the beauty of the season.  Enjoy your visit to the winter countryside.    

Ideas to help you stay warm.

 Enjoy the beauty of the Season. 

  

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Dec 12th National Poinsettia Day

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I recently saw a lovely blog post from an Etsy seller as she mused about Poinsettias.  Many of us associate the beautiful Poinsettias we see at this time of year with the Christmas holiday.  It got me wondering why?  How did this plant from the Mexican countryside become a botanical staple in our season of giving? So, off to do some research and here is what I found.

 

Many mistake the poinsettia’s leaves as flower petals, but the flowers are actually the smaller, yellow buds in a poinsettia’s center. These bracts, the upper portion of the leaves, are famously red, although they actually bloom in a variety of hues, such as pink, white and yellow. Poinsettias, also known as the “lobster flower” or “Mexican flame leaf,” bloom in December, making them an ideal holiday flower.

 

The plant is named for the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, who introduced America to the poinsettia in 1828, after discovering it in the wilderness in southern Mexico. Dr. Poinsett, who dabbled in botany when he wasn’t politicking between nations, sent cuttings of the plant back to his South Carolina home. While it wasn’t initially embraced, it caught on over the years, and by the 20th century it was a holiday mainstay.

 

In fact, National Poinsettia Day is celebrated on Dec. 12, honoring both the plant and the man who brought it to America

 

What does a poinsettia have to do with Christmas? One interpretation of the plant is as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem, the heavenly body that led the three magi, or wise men, to the place where Christ was born. A Mexican legend tells of a girl who could only offer weeds as a gift to Jesus on Christmas Eve. When she brought the weeds into a church, they blossomed into the beautiful red plants we know as poinsettias, known as Flores de Noche Buena in Mexico (Spanish for “flowers of the holy night”).

 

 

The Poinsettia is now one of the most important floricultural crops in the US and December 12th is now celebrated as National Poinsettia Day, marking the date of Poinsett’s death, celebrating his life and his discovery, and noting his unfathomable enjoyment of the lush plants. And, just as Poinsett would have it; the Poinsettia, whether white, red or pink, remains one of the most frequently sold and delivered Christmas decorations during the holiday season.

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Thanks to the website HowSTuffWorks  for this informative information

2018 Holiday Gift Guide HOLIDAY HOME DECOR

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Our homes seem to reflect us most clearly during this special holiday season.  Decorated with traditional colors and family heirlooms or perhaps some bold new traditions or minimalist décor, whatever your decorating style, these holiday home décor finds are sure to inspire you. 

Candle holders to help set the mood.

 Vessels to fill with greenery and pine cones.

 

And all manner of decorative accents.  Deck out your home for the holiday season, whether that is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or New Years.   

The holiday shopping season is in full swing.  This collection contains some great gift ideas, including lovingly handcrafted designs and vintage finds.  All brought to you by some of the shops of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team on Etsy.  Check out these great finds and shops and prepare to be amazed at the variety of handcrafted and vintage treasures you will find. 

 

 

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January Blues

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This is that time of year when we may start to feel the January Blues.  According to the Urban Dictionary, January Blues are defined as follows

This is the funk that you enter when the holiday season is over. It starts on January 2nd and often lasts until February 1st.   It is an unpleasant time because the holiday season is over, spring is still a ways off, the weather is cold and the only movies are lousy January movies.” 

January blues are a real thing, and it can be caused by a number of different things. It is different to Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is brought on by a lack of sunlight.   January can make even the most energetic of us feel down in the dumps.  Cold, dreary weather, lack of sleep and too much food and drink leave us feeling sluggish and overweight. 

But there are things we can do to brighten our mood and here the FMNDDTeam on Etsy offers up some wonderful BLUE items to lift your spirits and mood.  

 

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Depression is a serious issue and not one we ever want to make light of.  If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, say something, reach out and seek help, do not suffer alone.  Talk to a doctor or a friend, do not suffer in silence, help is there for you.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide – GIFT IDEAS FOR THE YOUNG ONES IN OUR LIFE

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The magic of the Christmas season is reflected in the eyes and smiles of our children.  Gifts, large and small, inspire laughter and sheer joy.  Here we offer this virtual gift basket filled with treasures to help with ideas for the young ones in your life, all from the shops of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team on Etsy.  Check out these great finds and shops and prepare to be amazed at the variety of handcrafted and vintage treasures you will find along with items for all your crafting needs.

 

Theme – FOR THE YOUNG ONES IN OUR LIFE

 

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