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SJP #043: Alexandra Kuykendall: Contentment at Christmas: Letting Go of Our Holiday Expectations

By Kristi Clover: Author, Speaker, Blogger, Podcaster, & Homeschool Mom of 5

Episode #043 with Alexandra KuykendallContentment at Christmas: Letting Go of Our Holiday Expectations   Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/043 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!   Merry Christmas! A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish  PeachDish is generously hosting a fun giveaway for us over the next two weeks: 4 Holiday Feast Kits with Brunch Casseroles! **Sign up for this week’s giveaway HERE!**   … Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode! Today is all things Christmas! Alexandra Kuykendall is my guest on the show today and we're going to be talking a lot about Christmas —  including an experiment that she did in her home last Christmas. It was really interesting! She wrote a book all about it called Loving My Actual Christmas. Can I hear a little”Amen” out there? Too many times we look on social media and we start thinking, "Oh I wish we did this or that," when we really need to slow down and just enjoy this season for what it is. Even if you don't get to all the traditions that you want to, take time to savor this Christmas! I want to help you to give yourself permission this season to slow down. To pick one or two things, with your family, and enjoy this Christmas fully! I can't wait for you to hear this episode with Alexandra—and Merry Christmas!    BOOKS & POSTS MENTIONED… Loving My Actual Christmas Loving My Actual Life The Artist's Daughter Joanna Weavers 25 days of advent How to Simplify the Season — as first seen on the IEW blog! My IEW Podcast Episode! This was such a fun episode. We recorded while I was visiting Tulsa earlier this year! Andrew Pudewa's episode on the Simply Joyful Podcast Teaching Your Kids to Have a Giving Spirit at Christmas Savoring the Season — & Not Blowing Your Budget   LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED… (See more details on the SHOW NOTES!) Our December Giveaway with PeachDish Get $15 OFF your first PeachDish order with the coupon code: SIMPLYJOYFUL Join our Simply Joyful community and get my Sanity Savers for Moms book FREE! The Simply Joyful Membership Site My DaySpring Favorites page Listening to Audio Books with Audible! The Simply Joyful Podcast mug Subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss the next encouraging episode! iTunes & Stitcher & now GooglePlay   I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode. Live Simply. Be Joyful.   LET’S CONNECT!… My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter   CONNECT WITH THE ALEXANDRA… Alexandra Kuykendall is the author of Loving My Actual Life and The Artist's Daughter, and the cohost The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast. A popular writer and speaker for moms around the country, she is a regular contributor to MOPS International's blog, conference, and curriculum. Alexandra has been featured on Good Morning America and Focus on the Family's daily broadcast. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Derek, and their four daughters. You can check out Alex's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.alexandrakuykendall.com.   **This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions.

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