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On the 3rd day of Christmas - Traditions

Posted by Janean Toone on

On the 3rd day of Christmas - Traditions

Day 3 of Just Joy's Christmas Traditions Countdown:⁣⁣⁣⁣I don't know that I could pick a favorite song out of all of the wonderful Christmas carols out there. But whenever I hear any of the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas songs I think back to when I was a kid and my mom and dad were asked to be in charge of the annual Christmas slideshow for our church. They did this for quite a few years. They would spend hours and hours collecting pictures of families and church activities and getting them in just the right order. Then they would run through...

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On the second day of Christmas - Traditions

Posted by Janean Toone on

On the second day of Christmas - Traditions

Day 2 of Just Joy's Christmas Traditions Countdown:⁣⁣⁣⁣About 5 or so years ago my mom and dad found out that a friend of theirs bought an old school bus for fun family adventures. We asked if he would be willing to take our whole clan out to see the Christmas lights around our area. Mom and dad went over early and hung up Christmas lights and decorations to make it even more festive and we packed up cookies and hot chocolate to take along for the ride! It has been so fun to be able to be all together and...

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On the first day of Christmas - Traditions

Posted by Jessica Bettridge on

On the first day of Christmas - Traditions

12 more days until Christmas Eve!! Can you believe it? While we finish up the last of the Christmas packages we thought it would be fun to share with you 12 of our Christmas favorites and traditions, one each day until Christmas Eve! We hope you will join us by commenting with your favorites too! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣This long standing tradition actually takes place in October or November. Since I was little, the girls in our family, along with aunts and cousins and Grandma, would you go to a cute and unique little restaurant called The Greenery that included a fun little...

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Janean's Philosophy on Christmas Music

Posted by Janean Toone on

Janean's Philosophy on Christmas Music

Jingle Bells.....in September??   Ok I realize there are alot of people who are not going to to agree with me on this but hear me out. I love Christmas music.  I mean I really. love. Christmas. music.  I seriously LOVE Christmas music.  Well, let's be real, I love everything about Christmas and those who know me best can testify to this.  But we're talking music today. I have probably over 50 Christmas CD's (yes, I'm old, I still listen to CD's)  Each CD probably plays for 45 to 50 minutes, right? Now there is no way I can adequately...

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What is Patina anyway??

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What is Patina anyway??

Have you ever wondered what a patina finish is? Is it paint? Is it a stain? Well we have some answers for you!You may have noticed that quite often we refer to some of our products having a "rust patina".  That's because we LOVE the effect this gives the steel.  Patina is very different from paint.  It causes a chemical reaction that brings out the individual color. We have found that each piece of steel has it's own "personality".  When the patina is applied to one piece, it may turn a beautiful solid color of rust.  When applied to another piece,...

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