25 days of christmas blogging

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day


When I was younger the tradition was each of us can open one gift at midnight and wait until we woke up to open the rest. Now we open all our presents on Christmas Eve. 

Leave a comment below of when you open your gifts. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Christmas Tree Lane

Hi Aspirers I wanted to share a few Christmas trees from my past Christmases. 

In 2010 was the year my mom decided we weren’t going to have a real Christmas tree. She finally got what she wanted. 


Also in 2010 my roommates and I decided to get ourselves a “little” tree. Wasn’t it cute!

In 2011 my organization Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship Inc. teamed up with Branches of Love. Each group decorated Christmas trees and each tree was given to families without a tree.

I hope you enjoyed my trip down Christmas Tree lane. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee 

Have you been elfing lately? 

”Tis the season for giving so how are you giving a helping hand? Here are a list of things you can do for others. 

1. Volunteer at a local shelter

2. Have a mini toy drive with your friends and family and drop of the toys at shelters or hospitals. 

3. Have a coat drive. Some of us grow out of our coats or want a new one and giving away a coat for the winter is a great gift. 

4. Help out a fellow family member or coworker. A lot of us are so willing to give to the people in the streets and forget about the people we see everyday. Some of us are struggling to stay off the streets. 

5. Have a food drive. Rent out a space and cook for the needy and then at the end send them off with another plate of food. 

6. Bottle water drive. Water should be free but a lot of people charge. Give bookbags of water for people to drink and bathe. 

7. DIY for the holidays. Decorating can be expensive especially when you don’t have decorations so why not have a DIY event to create ornaments and give away. 

8. Host a family for the holiday

9. Have a glove, ear muffs, and sock drive. Something small like this will go a long way in the winter. 

10. Pop up makeover shop. This is a huge event where lot of people have to be involved. Have a day where the homeless can pop in and clean themselves up. 

What are some other ideas you can think of to help someone in need? List them down below. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Have you been negative this year? 

Aspirers let’s take a moment to reflect on how 2016 was for you. Think about all the good you done and all the bad. Don’t lie and say “I’ve been a perfect little angel” because no one is perfect. I don’t mind going first and being honest. One thing I’ve noticed about six or seven months ago was catching myself was being negative. I didn’t realize it was problem until one day I came to the conclusion that things weren’t falling into place. Something was going on around me and I pinpointed it to my negative ways. I wasn’t being negative towards others (well I hope not) but when something was told to me by certain people I pointed out their flaws A LOT. I came to the conclusion to push out the negativity and not talk about it especially when the issues wasn’t towards me or what I was doing. I’ve noticed when I point out the negatives the feeling creeps back up again and the cycle continues. If there is a negative thought in my head I stop and pray for God to push it off of me. Guess what he pushed it off and I stopped thinking about it. This wasn’t an over night solution but soon after I started seeing results and success happening in my life because I saw things in a more positive light. We never know how negativity effects us until we decide to do something about it. 

Can you point out your bad ways? Are you open to changing it? Will you change it? Leave your comments below. I’m going to revisit this topic again because we all don’t need to bring negativity in the new year. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Christmas Tag Part 2

Hey Aspirers here is part two of the Christmas tag. If you haven’t read part one check out my last post here

1: What is your favorite Christmas song?

A: I don’t have one favorite but check out Holiday Jams post of a list of all my favorites. There are also videos! 

2. What is one Christmas food I can’t live without? 

A: This isn’t a dish only served at Christmas but I enjoy it because my family and I only make it home made two or three times a year. I would say macaroni and cheese. 

3. Peppermint or gingerbread

A: Gingerbread duh! 

4. Have you ever tried fruit cake? 

A: Yup and I love it! 

5. What is one thing you asked for this Christmas? 

A: I’m not picky but I love any in the houndstooth pattern.

6. If I could be in any Christmas movie character, who would I be?

A. Scrooge and I’m not saying I’m a Scrooge but when I’m down and petty it would be nice to have a little reminder from the ghosts of what’s really important in life. 

I hope you liked my Christmas tag and feel free to do this tag too! 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Christmas Tag Part 1

Hey Aspirers! 

I found this Christmas tag from Meg Taylor. I’ve never done a tag so I thought why not do one for 25 days of blogging! 

1. What is your favorite Christmas tradition? 

A: Open gifts on Christmas Eve 

2. Where do you spend Christmas? 

A: With my family

3. Do you decorate before or after Thanksgiving? 

A: After sometimes the week before Christmas lol

4. Tinsel or garland? 

A: Tinsel of course. It’s too much green if I used garland. 

5. Who are you most excited to see this Christmas season? 

A: It’s not who it’s what and it’s my bed lol

6. Do you own an ugly Christmas sweater? 

A: I think my ugly sweaters are ugly but when I wear them people like them. I’ve never won an ugly sweater contest and I try so hard. 

Keep a look out for part 2 tomorrow. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Favorite Christmas Movies and Play

It can’t be Christmas with watching your favorite movies or plays. Here are my favorites listed below in no particular order. 

1. Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


2. It’s A Wonderful Life


3. The Nightmare Before Christmas


4. Home Alone


5. Richie Rich Christmas Wish


6. Christmas Carol (The Play)


7. Annabelle’s Wish


8. The Polar Express

What are your favorite holiday movies? List yours down below.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee