December 5, 2014

Countdown to Christmas – Gingerbread Man Chain tradition

Dec1
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)

Dec23
candy-cane

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 […]

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

Dec12
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

Dec10
Easy Paper Christmas Tree Craft @beautyandbedlam.com

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 […]

Ideas for Christmas Trees: My Source of Inspiration

Dec6
Christmas Tree Inspiration Red Accents

When it comes to decorating ones home, there’s inspiration to be found everywhere. Yet often, I lose site of taking a small baby step of inspiration if I can’t embrace the entire project. Whether it be budget, time constraints or […]

The Advent Jesse Tree: Jesse Tree Ornament Ideas

Dec3
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

Dec11
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 […]

The Scrooge of Baking Christmas Cookies

Dec6
Saltines with Chocolate and Heath bars

Chocolate Toffee Bars using Saltines or Ritz Crackers I’m confessing right here with you all, my nearest and dearest friend. I feel like the Scrooge of Baking Christmas Cookies. I’ve been invited to a Christmas Cookie exchange tomorrow evening, and […]

Elf on the Shelf: Christmas Tradition

Nov26
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 […]

Confession Time: Is Your Christmas Decor Still Up?

Jan14
taking down Christmas stuff

Over the past few snow days, different teen guys have been in and out of the house. When not just one, but two friends asked my sons privately why their mom still had her Christmas stuff up, I started feeling […]

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

Dec27
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 […]

Holiday Decor on a Budget (a few last minute ideas)

Dec23
Christmas Mantel Decor

Many of you agree that decorating on a dime brings out the creative juices. For me,  it’s no different during the holidays. In fact, it’s so fun to see what one can create out of the items that are already […]

Blessing Baskets for those in Need

Dec17
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

Dec15
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 […]

My Christmas Holiday Decor and more…

Dec12
Christmas-Mantel-Decor

Is it possible that putting up Christmas Holiday Decor can span nearly two weeks? How I have dragged it out so much? Bit by bit, I am slowly finishing different spots in the house, but unfortunately, that means there’s been […]