December 19, 2014

Countdown to Christmas – Gingerbread Man Chain tradition

gingerbread chain for Christmas

Gingerbread Man Chain – This is a wonderful way to organize your holiday To-Do list so you can actually enjoy the festivities. Make a paper chain with 24 gingerbread men, and write the numbers 1 through 24 on the front of each one. Make a list of all the things you need to do during the month of December and write one on the back of each gingerbread man

Last Minute Christmas Food Ideas & Traditions (You don’t want to miss)


Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake The clock ticks, and Christmas is just around the corner, but there are still some moments available to make this Christmas a bit more magical, without spending a penny. It only takes a few minutes […]

The Tale of Three Cinnamon Rolls


 I woke to the phone ringing. A recorded message announced the first school delay. Snow flakes graced not only the grass, but the roads as well. In North Carolina, that reality rocks everyone’s equilibrium, and as a Wisconsin transplant, I […]

Create Your Family’s Holiday Gazette: Fun, Family Activity in an Hour

Have Some Fun for the Holidays and Create Your Own Family Newspaper. It doesn't have to be fancy, but sure will be fun! Memories!

Did I hear that you got off the hook for hosting the big Thanksgiving event? You breathed a sigh of relief, but still desire to create something fun and special for the extended family during your gathering. Why don’t you […]

Christmas Chocolate Mice (Sweet Treat Recipe for anytime of the year)

Christmas Eve Mice recipe idea

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Well, maybe those mice aren’t pitter-pattering in your house, but in ours they sure are… Our Children’s choir concert reception stirred […]

Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree: Best 10 Minute Craft

Easy Paper Christmas Tree Craft

For years, shouts from behind the closet door have been taunting me. “Please, I want to be your friend again. We used to be besties. I promise, you won’t regret it.” But alas, I have ignored those quiet pleas and […]

The Advent Jesse Tree: Jesse Tree Ornament Ideas

The Advent Jesse Tree @beautyandbedlam

Traditions play a role in our family’s tapestry in dynamic dimensions. As a traditions consultant for many years, I can share traditions for every holiday and celebration that you can think of, and most likely, many that would never cross […]

Printable Homemade Coupon Book

christmas coupon book

Don’t miss out on another meaningful family tradition – enjoy our family’s Dinner Questions. Print my free Conversations Starter questions (over 220), and give the gift of shared family time. It’s that time of the year when we are driven […]

Elf on the Shelf: Christmas Tradition

elf on the shelf

Many of the family traditions that we have adopted into our family have purpose and intentionality behind them; others are just plain crazy fun – like this one ( full tradition idea at bottom of post). Meet Carl: Our Family […]

Creative Ideas for Your Holiday Budget

christmas decor

As the crisp October air whips through our valley, my dogs unearth their winter coat, and chili simmers on the stove, these signs typically signal autumn time in our home. Yet as I spend this month writing 31 Days of […]

Do You Have a Christmas Ornament Tradition? (Start one now)

christmas ornament box

(My music themed ornament collection) As I determine when to pack away our Christmas tree ornaments for another year, I’m continually amazed at how many of our family’s ornaments tell their own story. This year my daughters spent hours looking […]

Blessing Baskets for those in Need

baskets collage

Often, these last few weeks before Christmas, signal a shift into consumer mode. Especially for the children, counting of the presents ramp into full gear. The comparison of who deserves the most becomes a daily occurrence, and generally an all […]

Door to Door Christmas Caroling

caroling collage

The Door to Door Christmas Caroling tradition has become a thing of the past, but not for our extended family. For over a decade, we gather, put together plates of Christmas goodies, and visit our neighbors. Now, remember, we are […]

Christmas Cruising

christmas lights

Christmas Cruising – Some of the best traditions are simple and sweet and require little more than hot chocolate and a full tank of gas. About a week before Christmas get the whole family together for “Christmas lights” cruising in the car.

Reindeer Food for Christmas


Reindeer Mix So you’ve thought of you cookies for Santa, but have you left poor Donner and Blitzen out in the cold? Don’t worry, with only days left until Rudolph’s big arrival, this is something that you can whip up […]