Hoping your Holidays Hold Good Health, Happiness, and Heartwarming Moments.
Our diversity shines during the holiday season.
Do you say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” to others this time of year? Does your “Happy Holidays” mean only Christmas and New Year’s? I challenge you to learn at least one new item about a holiday not your own.
Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)
St. Lucia Day (Swedish)
Christmas Day (Christian)
Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian)
Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish)
Kwanzaa (African American)
As you seek the perfect presents for everyone on your list, remember books make a great gift. Let’s consider adopting the Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð, or “Yule Book Flood”.
Did you know you may purchase eBooks as gifts on Amazon? It’s easy to share your favorite books with everyone on your list. No need to wrap–Amazon will do all of the work. For last minute shoppers, this is a terrific way to ensure gifts arrive in time.
You deserve to enjoy the holiday season.
Remember to take some time for yourself during this busy season. Treat yourself to a massage or mani/pedi, find a cozy chair to read a great book, or buy yourself a gift.
Haley Rhoades’ writing is another bucket-list item coming to fruition, just like meeting Stephen Tyler, Ozzie Smith and skydiving. As she continues to write romance and young adult books, she plans to complete her remaining bucket-list items, including ghost-hunting, storm-chasing, and bungee jumping. She is a Netflix-binging, Converse-wearing, avidly-reading, traveling geek.
A team player, Haley thrived as her spouse’s career moved the family of four 10 times to four states. One move occurred eleven days after my C-section. Now with two adult sons, Haley copes with her newly emptied nest by writing and spoiling Nala, our precious Pomsky. A fly on the wall might laugh as she talks aloud to her fur-baby all day long.
Haley’s under five-foot, fun-size stature houses a full-size attitude. Her uber-competitiveness in all things entertains, frustrates, and challenges family and friends. Not one to shy away from a dare, she faces the consequences of a lost bet no matter the humiliation. Her fierce loyalty extends from family, to friends, to sports teams.
Haley’s guilty pleasures are Lifetime and Hallmark movies. Her other loves include all things peanut butter, Kansas City Chiefs, St.Louis Cardinals, Star Wars, mathematics, and travel. Past day jobs vary tremendously from an elementary special-education para-professional, to a YMCA sports director, to a retail store accounting coordinator, and finally a high school mathematics teacher.
Haley resides with her husband and fur-baby in a south Des Moines suburb. This Missouri-born girl enjoys the diversity the Midwest offers.
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