A Very Furry Christmas

Sesame Place

I know Thanksgiving is still a few days away, but in our house we have been listening to the Christmas tunes for a couple of weeks already. (Only when Daddy is at work, though. He gets tired of it if we start too early.) On Saturday, we were given the opportunity to check out the [...]

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Christmas cookies


8 Tips for a stress-free gingerbread house

gingerbread house making

My girls love to make a gingerbread house each Christmas. Over the years, I have found a few ways to make the process a lot easier. Buy a kit! I like to buy a kit during the after-Christmas clearance at a craft store. You can often find them 75% off, or even more. I think [...]

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Christmas books

I can’t believe it’s already halfway through December! We are plugging away at our advent activities, our Nativity advent calendar, our advent wreath from church, and our Jesse tree devotional. It’s a little much, to be honest with you. But the good thing is that there is something for each of the girls to do [...]

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Wordless Wednesday: Dutch Winter Wonderland

Dutch Winter Wonderland

Note to self: Next time, pack coats. Good thing Grandma had lots of earmuffs, scarves, and gloves. Poor Joel in a ladies’ hat…

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It’s all thanks to my helpers

tree 1

The Christmas tree is all decorated, doesn’t it look beautiful? I particularly like how this side turned out, with the ornament from San Francisco… Hold on, what’s that orange thing back there? Can’t quite tell…a little closer… I guess Joel was helping trim the tree. Thanks, buddy! Nothing like half a toy carrot to really [...]

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24 fun activities for Advent

Christmas Montessori Joel

Alternate title: A Mommy who values tradition When I was a kid, my family was big into traditions. Especially at Christmas time, we always knew what to expect when it came to special times. We always watched “Miracle on 34th Street” either Thanksgiving night or the following day, we always got to eat my mom’s [...]

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Jesse Tree: An Advent Reflection

Jesse Tree

It is extremely important to us that our children understand the importance of Christmas and its true meaning to our faith. I have been hearing about “Jesse Trees” for a couple of years now, and this year I decided to go for it and have one of our own. A Jesse Tree helps children (and [...]

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Christmas card display ideas

One of my favorite things about the month before Christmas (and there are a lot of favorite things) is getting Christmas cards in the mail. Every year, we send out a picture card and a letter, and we send a LOT of cards. Which means we get a LOT of cards every year. I just [...]

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Operation Christmas Child


There’s a great way to help children understand the importance of sharing what we have with those less fortunate, especially at Christmas time. For years, our family has packed shoeboxes with gifts for Operation Christmas Child to distribute to needy children throughout the world. It’s a fun, simple, and tangible way for children to share [...]

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