Posted: 8:57 pm Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
By Staff Writer
Have you recently moved? Gotten married? Divorced? Had a new baby? Experienced a loss? Life is full of changes, some happy, some sad, some expected and most not.
We’ve been talking about the importance of traditions this month, and I want to remind you that a “tradition” can be started at any time, for any reason. This is especially important after a major life change.
I reached out to my listeners to hear what they had to say; they shared this:
“When my wife and I divorced, the parenting plan had us switching off Christmas Eve and Christmas Day every other year. I was panicked because the kids mom was the holiday planner… so the first year I asked for suggestions. We’d always let the kids open one gift Christmas Eve and someone suggested I continue this, but make it pajamas. I had the kids put them on, made hot cocoa in to-go mugs, popped a grocery bag full of popcorn, loaded them up in the car and we drove around for hours looking at Christmas lights and displays. I hear a lot of people do this, but we had always been so busy prepping for Christmas Day, we hadn’t had the time. It’s been 4 years now and my kids still love to do this and so do I!” ~ Jason
“A few years ago a job transfer had us make a move across the country away from both sets of families. Thanksgiving had always been a huge family affair with lots of house hopping. Here we were thousand of miles away so we decided to focus on what we were grateful for; the new job, new friends, new opportunities. Right after Halloween, I took a cue from one of the kids schools – I made a paper tree trunk with branches and taped it to the wall, then cut out many paper leaves and put them in a bowl next to it. We made a point to invite new friends over and asked them to write something they were thankful for on a leaf and pin it onto our tree. By Thanksgiving the tree was fully leafed-out! We had some friends over for our T-day meal and we read off all the leaves then went outside and burned them in our little hibachi grill, sending the gratitude upwards toward the heavens. We love this tradition and several of our friends have started it too!” ~ Devone’
I love the fact that panic turned into a snuggly, bright, happy experience, and that the emptiness felt after moving away from everything a family had ever known turned into a creative celebration of gratitude and abundance!
Have you started a new tradition? Write to me at D@Delilah.com and tell me why and what it is and I’ll share it on the air! I love hearing your stories!
National Adoption Day | November 19
National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families.
• 100,000 children in the U.S. are waiting in foster care for an adoptive family.
• Nearly 3 years average wait for a child in foster care to be adopted.
• More than 23,000 children age out of the foster care system every year with no family or permanent home.
This annual, one-day event has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with policymakers, practitioners and advocates to finalize adoptions, and create and celebrate adoptive families.
Communities across the county celebrate every Saturday before Thanksgiving. Your family is waiting for YOU!
Go to National Adoption Day to find out more!*
* All information gathered from National Adoption Day.org.
Remember just a month or so back when I was oohing and aahing over the amazing fall décor sent to the studios by my new sponsor, Balsam Hill™?
Well, Christmas comes early to the radio-world and Balsam Hill™ delivered right on radio-time! They let me choose from their extensive collection of the most realistic artificial trees and adornments to deck the halls of the studio just as we started production of our holiday season!
I picked out a very grand 9′ Noble Fir tree and it is SO realistic, someone asked me where was a tree lot opened so early?! I went with a very natural and elegant theme, choosing from their vast assortment of ornament collections like the Woodland and Snowhaven collections; and I accented the look with lots of bright berry and natural cotton boll picks, sparkly ribbon, special burlap bows embellished with musical notes!
I also added some decorated Lodge Plaid wreaths and garlands! Realistic foliage and elegant ornaments in muted reds, browns, naturals, and white… whimsical birds, and bushy tailed squirrels, owls, and icicles all come together to create a magical Winter Wonderland!
And even MORE fantastic? Balsam Hill™ and I are coming together to offer the Happy Holly Days with Delilah Sweepstakes to bring you an unforgettable celebration of joy and cheer by giving you an opportunity to win the very same tree and ornaments I picked out for the studio!
It’s truly magnificent and will make your Christmas a magical holiday!
Happy Holly Days with Delilah and Balsam Hill™ Sweepstakes
Check out Delilah.com for more photos and information about this special tree, decorations, and Balsam Hill™!
Copper Chef | Simple Mashed Potatoes and $1 Risk-Free 30-Day Trial
I’ve been raving about my new Copper Chef All-Around Square pans, and I’m going to keep it up! They are so easy to use, have more room for ingredients than round cookware, are non-stick, and I love the copper finish!
They are offering a $1 Risk-Free 30-Day Trial so you can see for yourself how easy and convenient cooking with Copper Chef can be, and how you can get rid of so many other gadgets and gizmos taking up room in your kitchen!
Try this simple recipe – Great for the holidays:
• 3 lb small red potatoes
• 1 pint chicken stock
• 1 pint of water
• 2 oz butter
• 12 oz heavy cream warm
• Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Wash the potatoes because you are going to cook them with the skin on. Then cut the potatoes in half
2. Add the potatoes to the Copper Chef Pan. Add the chicken stock, and then add water until the potatoes are covered with liquid. Season the liquid with salt and pepper.
3. Cover the Copper Chef with the lid. Bring the liquid to a boil. Then lower the heat to med-low and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender.
4. Drain the liquid from the pan.
5. While the potatoes are still hot, mash them, and add the butter and heavy cream until you have a smooth mashed potato.
6. You can adjust the consistency by adding less or more butter and heavy cream.
7. Season with salt and pepper.
Russel Watson | True Stories
Sometime back I introduced you to an amazing musical artist from the UK, Russell Watson. He is a sensation on “the other side of the pond” and here as well!
“His debut album ‘The Voice’ shot up the UK charts where he held the number one spot for a world record 52 weeks. At the same time, Russell held the number one spot in the USA, making him the first British male to hold the accolade of a simultaneous transatlantic number one.”
His latest album, True Stories, features his breakthrough US hit, Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough and his holiday single is a beautiful remake of the classic Do You Hear What I Hear.
True Stories was recorded at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Music Village Studios in Rome with the 75 piece Orchestra Italiana Del Cinema (the orchestra Morricone uses for all of his tremendous movie scores.) It features members of Blondie, Portishead and Oasis/High Flying Birds, to illustrate the great diversity and talent that went into the making of this album. You’ll want this for your holiday collection!
Like to know more about Russel Watson?
You can find a lot about this handsome talented Brit HERE
YOU can be a Point of Hope!
Do you have a skill or a passion you could share with underprivileged children, especially those in the foster care system?
Reading, dancing, music, knitting, sewing, hiking…If so, you could become a Point of Hope!
If you’re a student, or a teacher you can start a Points of Hope Chapter in your school or community. Meet before or after school, during lunch time, in the cafeteria or at a friend’s house.
We’ll help you learn about the many ways you can make a difference in the life of a child who has no voice.
Visit PointHope.org to learn more, and become a voice for forgotten children!
What a great new tradition this would be, would it not? I know not everyone can adopt a child, though I wish they could… but everyone can HELP a child in need, simply by lending your time, your talents, and your heart.
This is one simple way to Love Someone.
God bless you all,