A time when stressors are raging high, the traffic won’t quit, and the days are dark so early what’s meant to be a joyful holiday season becomes overwhelming very quickly… and just as quickly we forget the real reason for this time is to graciously give to others.
Find ways to give more this season.
Here are five suggestions:
actually carry some loose change to drop into the red Salvation Army buckets
buy an extra pair of gloves and donate it to the local homeless shelter
form a group of carolers to sing at a nursing home
wear a santa hat to the gym (your gift is a laugh to someone else.)
wish warm holiday greetings to those who serve you during the day (your waiter, the clerk at the shopping mall, your taxi driver or mailman…)
image credit: byutv.org/seethegood
The suggestions above will cost you less and $5 and some are free. Everyone, especially those with young children, is conscious of budgets during this month, so remember that your “gift” doesn’t have to be a material or financial gift. Money and things eventually disappear. Money is used, things break or are lost. Your time, your smile, your love creates a memory that outlasts any material gift you could ever buy.
Princess Genevieve and Prince Liam visited the Kingdom of America’s capital this weekend and stopped to see The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker. Genevieve recounts her experience. below.
Washington Ballet Nutcracker Review
It was the most magical performance that I have ever seen of my favorite ballet and Christmas story. And I have seen countless productions. I danced along with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker VHS daily as a little girl (read more about my obsessive ballerina-ness here). I can hardly sit still when I hear this music. During the show I felt my muscles twitching to the beat of Tchaikovsky’s score. This music runs through my veins.
The creativity of The Washington Ballet’s Artistic Director is unmatched. Not only were the company, gorgeous set, and dreamy costumes truly “en pointe”, each element of this beloved story has been carefully pirouetted into American history. Clara’s family lives in Georgetown, George Washington as the Nutcracker battled the Mouse King George, the Cherry Blossom Queen danced the Sugar Plum Fairy, they highlighted the American people’s excitement of the Frontier and the Native Americans. I could go on and on, as there were so many whimsical details borrowed from American history.
I was in awe.
My grandmother, Queen Aurelia, loved the city of Washington, DC. She came to the city as a young girl during WWII, against the King’s (her father) wishes, to help the American Navy in the WAVES. She was enchanted by the magic of this city her entire life. I wish so that she could have seen her favorite song, The Waltz of the Flowers, danced as Washington’s cheery Cherry Blossoms. I am so thankful that she shared her love for Washington and The Nutcracker with me.
You simply must see this production. I have been dancing about since Sunday’s show. It was gorgeous. I want to see it again and again!
Peek into the magic of this production in this clip of the company’s performance at the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Do let us know if you go see The Nutcracker!
when you go to the ballet, you must dress like a ballerina.
Download your FREE Puppy Christmas Card Design Furry and Bright.
FREE Puppy Christmas Card Design Furry and Bright
Welcome to the Kingdom of Azuria.
We know you’ll love this free Puppy Christmas Card Design. We made our furry puppy prince the highlight of our Christmas card this year. In our family photo he’s dressed at St. Nick. You can easily switch out our photo for your’s once you download the Christmas card file.
If you have yet to get your christmas cards sent, then this is just in the knick of time. It’s so quick and easy to customize this for your family.
You may recognize the bone design from our Puppy Party post. If you’re a dog lover like the royal family, you’ll want to hop over there and download your free Puppy Party invitation, too.
A birthday celebration for Princess Genevieve has been scheduled the evening of December 10th at the Royal Palace. Prince Liam ordered invitations sent mid-November. Among the citizens of Azuria, well known guests expected to attend include, Princesses Coral and Violetta, Pirate Clara, the Good Witch Gwyndelyn, Sugar Plum Fairy, and the mysterious Snow Queen. Away at Azuria University, it is uncertain whether Princess Angelica, Genevieve’s younger sister, will be able to attend.
Azurians love to dress up and the sparklier the better. The dress shops are bustling with special orders and dressmakers are running extra low on sequins this week! The fairies have already been summoned multiple times today to create more sequins from Fairy Dust and snowflakes from Sapphire Mountain.
We’ll post all the party details and even some free downloads this January so you can host your very own Crystal Ball!
We’re feeling generous so we’ve made you a free Christmas download- since this month on our Facebook page we’re talking about generosity and encouraging the world to be more giving. I saw this precious rhyme on First in Fun’s awesome blog and just knew our readers would gobble it up– so we made our own. To me it reads like a magic spell!
reindeer food free download from kingdomofazuria.com
Wouldn’t it make it even more magical if the ground was covered in snow? Here’s the full poem.
Magic Reindeer Food Santa’s reindeer come once a year And sometimes the night isn’t very clear So help the reindeer find their way To your house with Santa’s sleigh.
Sprinkle this liberally on the lawn The reindeer will be there before the next dawn. They’ll smell the food and see crystals shine And hurry fast to see what they will find.
But they’ll only come when you’re in bed. So spread the food and lay down your head. On Christmas morn, the results you’ll see When Santa’s gifts are under the tree!
First in Fun suggests this recipe. Though I would add glitter (obviously) include the usual carrots and apple near Santa’s cookies near the hearth inside!.
Give each student a sandwich bag. Have students put in a scoop of oatmeal and sprinkle green and red sugar sprinkles (cake decorating aisle) into the bag. Then attach the poem.
This is perfect if you’re a classroom teacher or a parent looking to add some extra magic on Christmas Eve and hoping to start a new family tradition!
Our Christmas Elves have been busy preparing this year’s free Christmas coloring page for you.
It represents a scene from Sinter Noel’s visit to the Royal Palace in Azuria. Accompanied by Rudolph and his trusty elves, Sinter Noel, visits the homes of boys and girls on in the wee hours of Christmas morning leaving them surprises in their shoes. Even Princess Genevieve’s teddy Brownie makes it in the scene (can you find him?). Read more about Azuria’s Christmas traditions in The Nite of Sinter NoëlandAzuria Prepares for the Holiday Season.
If you like this, I bet you’ll love our simple our super popular Christmas Wish List and look for another cute free download next week on the Royal Blog.
PLEASE tag us on instagram so we can see your colorful creations or post them directly to our facebook page. We want to see!!