From My Home to Yours This Holiday Season

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 2, 2019

As I sit down to write this holiday message, I can’t help but look back at all of the changes that have occurred since starting this website in 2010.

Back then, the term “Prepper” was just coming into common use.  Rather than being called preppers, those who practiced self-reliance and preparedness were often called “survivalists”.  These survivalists were often considered loners, extremists, or fringe elements of society. A lot has changed since then, all for the good.

Which brings us to today.

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This year my holiday message is short and from the heart.  Both Shelly and I wish you a blessed day filled with laughter and an abundance of love.  We wish you health and also bestow upon you the wish for happiness regardless of what the world and our planet will toss our way.

The Final Word

Although I am a bit (okay a lot) biased, I consider the readers of Backdoor Survival to be the most grounded and sensible preppers on the planet.  I learn so much from you and want you to know that you are appreciated.

Have a wonderful day as you bask in the joy of the season!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  If you were gifted with some “Prepper Cash”, consider some of the following items, just for the fun of it . . . and more.

Coloring Books for Grown-Ups:  This is the latest addition to my list of comfort items.  I hope you don’t think I am being silly because there really is something quite relaxing about coloring books. Don’t forget the crayons or Colored Pencils. Not convinced?  See Survival Buzz #200: Relax and De-Stress With an Adult Coloring Book.

Note:  If you prefer to print your own, check out this eBooks that includes a link to a PDF version for printing on your home printer:  Adult Coloring Book: 40 Relaxing And Stress Relieving Patterns.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2 oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

ZAQ Noor Diffuser:  Of my three diffusers, this is my favorite and is therefore the one I recommend.  It puts out a strong, fragrant mist that is both soothing and healing.  My second most favorite is the ZAQ Dew (pictured below).  It is very quiet.

With both diffusers, the really cool thing is that the light (which can be turned off) changes colors all by its own self.  Very soothing and I love it!

Now Foods Peaceful Sleep Oil Blend: This budget priced oil has done wonders for my sleep.  It is a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood.  I am using 30 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil.  My preference is BDS Simple Salve (that you can make yourself).  You could also try making a room spray by adding 30 drops to 1 oz. of witch hazel in a a spray bottle.  Or, of course, use it in your diffuser.


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12 Responses to “From My Home to Yours This Holiday Season”

  1. Thank you for your kind holiday wishes. I wish you and your family health and happiness in the coming year. I have learned so much from you over these past years, and have dragged my reluctant (at first) children into the prepper family. They may not be fully on board, but they have all made significant steps in prepping. We are all more aware and prepared for whatever the future holds. Happy New Year.

  2. Merry Christmas

  3. Merry Christmas, Gaye and Shelly! (And Tucker too!)

  4. Merry Christmas!!

  5. Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy & Healthy ‘2016’.

  6. Dear Gaye and Survival Husband and Survival Dog, I wish you and all your fellow readers a happy holiday season with all their basic needs met. Isn’t that the goal of prepping and survival? To meet basic needs under any circumstances?

    Now for the news that absolutely made my day. I purchased a folding saw for use in shelter building in the woods.

    It arrived and I was just about to toss the packaging when I looked a little closer and saw that it is Made In Israel. Not only that, the saw is made on a Kibbutz, the unique form of cooperative living and working that Israel pioneered many decades ago. Why do I care? Let’s just say that most people have at least one other country that they feel a bond with, or simply liked a lot when visiting and wish to support. The company that made this folding saw is called Tabor Tools. My husband is outside now sawing like crazy on some fallen branches!

  7. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year Gaye and Shelly.

  8. Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2016!
    Keep Looking UP

  9. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year

  10. Merry Christmas (a bit late) Got The Ted Koppel book from my nephew for Christmas. Can’t wait to sit down and “devour” it LOL Along with a couple of other books from my list.

    • The beginning is kind of slow but by Chapter 4, you will be hooked. The very last words of the book are sobering.

  11. Wishing you a belated Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Years.

    Just found your site this past year, but it’s been a great resource without all the drama I’ve seen on other prepper sites. Thanks for all your hard work keeping the lights on here. Take care.


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