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November 08, 2021 2 min read

Sounds ominous, doesn’t it?

I’m not talking about the infamous phrase from the blockbuster hit Game of Thrones, necessarily. I mean surely, winter is coming, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it, at least not where I live.

Aside from the obvious change in seasons, the popular TV series interpreted the phrase Winter is Coming to also mean “always be prepared” or “darker times will always come”. 

Always be prepared is solid advice, but living life in anticipation (and fear) of the inevitable darker times? Hmmm, not so much.

So I wonder, does winter and cold need to be ominous?

I don’t think so.

My sweetest memories of holidays like Christmas, include spending time with family and friends, gift-giving, sitting in front of a warm crackling fire, drinking a spiked hot chocolate or other adult beverage.

Nothing about this picture says doom or gloom. Maybe it’s just human nature to romanticize the holidays until they actually happen and we remember how hectic things can get.

Set realistic expectations during holiday season:

  • There might be weather related travel delays
  • Your turkey or ham might be a little overcooked
  • Your work bonus might be a membership to the Jelly of the Month club aka Christmas Vacation

Any number of unexpected things can pop up, but why let it tank your festive mood?

This year I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with close friends and Christmas with family. I’ll be making lots of jewelry, which I love, and feverishly filling customer orders, which I also love.

Amidst the craziness of the holiday season, I’ll find time to snuggle with my pups, give thanks for my blessings and catch up on some rest (after I fill all my orders, of course). But I’ll do all of this with joy and ease because I’m prepared.

Winter IS coming!

Do you have a plan? Are you ready? 

Here's some tips to make your planning easier. 

 10 ways to prepare for the holidays

 baileys hot chocolate recipe card

 It's So easy, but oh so delicious! 

Holiday Gift Shopping

Look for gifts that fit her personality.   Jewelry is personal, memorable, and there is something to fit any personality.   So....

What’s her jewelry personality?


Confident woman wearing a pair of statement earrings


women wearing sterling silver dangle earrings


two fun-loving women laughing


All of the above?

Don’t miss holiday shipping deadlines!

Winter is coming. And so is holiday shopping.  For the early birds who are halfway done, PLEASE leave a comment and tell me HOW? For everyone else, here are some important dates to note:

At CSJ, the elves are getting ready(and by elves, I mean me). Since most of my jewelry is made to order, there are lead times of 2-3 weeks, and then shipping times as noted below.

Major shipping carriers holiday shipping schedules

CSJ Holiday Ordering/Shipping Dates

 Holiday Ordering Dates for Candace Stribling Jewelry


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