Elf on the Shelf:  Christmas Tradition

Elf on the Shelf: Christmas Tradition

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 Elf (Thanks to the The Elf on the...
Creative Ideas for Your Holiday Budget

Creative Ideas for Your Holiday Budget

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 Balancing Beauty and the Budget, October alerts me...
Do You Have a Christmas Ornament Tradition? (Start one now)

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

(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 through each...
Blessing Baskets for those in Need

Blessing Baskets for those in Need

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 around attitude of...
Door to Door Christmas Caroling

Door to Door Christmas Caroling

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 country folk, so caroling to our...
Christmas Cruising

Christmas Cruising

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

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