Christmas Books Round-Up

Christmas Books

Christmas books are some of my favorite books ever. We look forward to pulling off the shelves, all of our special books about the coming Christ and all of the other inspirational stories that lead straight to him every year. We have a lovely basket that sits next to our hearth that instantly becomes our Christmas Book Basket. Members of the Crew have some favorite Christmas Books to share with you today as well. I hope you enjoy discovering some new titles to read with your family during this joyous season.   Beth @ Acorn Hill Academy – Some of My Continue reading

Advent Idea Box

advent idea box

I vaguely remember participating in Advent during a few minutes worth of a Church service as a child. It was different from my regular thrilling traditions of Santa and family and gifts. I didn’t quite understand it, but I do remember being intrigued by the sacredness of the candle ceremony.   Once married, with children on the way, it was time to decide what traditions my husband and I would introduce to our new family. He grew up without the game of Santa and I agreed to not use it with our children, albeit a bit grudgingly at first. But Continue reading

Creating Christmas Traditions

Creating Christmas Traditions

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to create some memorable traditions for your family. Dr. Dobson says:‘The great value of traditions comes as they give a family a sense of identity, ‘belongingness’. All of us desperately need to feel that we’re not just a cluster of people living together in a house, but we’re a family that’s conscious of its uniqueness, its personality, character and heritage, and that our special relationships of love and companionship make us a unit with identity and personality.’ A tradition is something that can change over time or be created with a sense of purpose. Special moments need Continue reading

Keeping CHRIST in CHRISTmas

  I can still remember a day when my oldest daughter was around four-years-old and we asked her what Christmas was all about.  We expected her to say “Jesus”, and instead she said “Presents!”  Up until that moment, we thought we had been doing a pretty good job of keeping the focus on Christ.  That is the day I started really evaluating how we spent our time in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas.  At the same time, we took a hard look at how much we were focusing on gifts and began actively seeking a solution. In Continue reading

Celebrating Advent with a Jesse Tree

As I grew up, we marked the days until Christmas with this advent calendar that my mother made.  I have fond memories of my siblings and I competing to get to put up our favorite ornaments, and of course to put up Santa on the 24th.  But once my own children came along, I wanted a way to mark the days until Christmas that keep their focus on the reason for the celebration–the birth of our Savior Christ–and not just on the anticipation of presents to be opened as soon as they can coax us out of bed on Christmas morning.  Continue reading

Preparing for the Holidays — Arts & Crafts

  Welcome to day 4 of 5 Days of Preparing for the Holidays. Today we’re talking about Arts and Crafts! One of the best things about the holidays are all of the fun and creative arts and crafts out there. Members of the Crew will share some of their favorites with you today! Everyone is welcome to link up with this Blog Hop. We would love to have you!   Blog Hop Rules  (we do reserve the right to remove your link if you do not follow these rules) 1. There will be a new linky each day. To add your link, Continue reading

Preparing for the Holidays — Gift-Giving

  Welcome back for day 3 of 5 Days of Preparing for the Holidays. Today we’re talking about Gift-Giving! Today, members of the Crew will share their ideas for giving (and making) the best gifts! Everyone is welcome to link up with this Blog Hop. We would love to have you!   Blog Hop Rules  (we do reserve the right to remove your link if you do not follow these rules) 1. There will be a new linky each day. To add your link, click the button that reads “Click here to enter your link” at the bottom of each post. 2. Continue reading

Preparing for the Holidays — Cooking

  Welcome to day 2 of 5 Days of Preparing for the Holidays. Today we’re talking about Cooking! Come along as members of the Crew share with you all of their menus and recipes for making delicious meals and desserts, just in time for the holidays. Everyone is welcome to link up with this Blog Hop. We would love to have you!   Blog Hop Rules  (we do reserve the right to remove your link if you do not follow these rules) 1. There will be a new linky each day. To add your link, click the button that reads “Click here Continue reading

Preparing for the Holidays — Decorating

  Welcome to the first day of 5 Days of Preparing for the Holidays. Today we’re talking about Decorating! Come along as members of the Crew share with you all of their tips for creating a lovely home during the holidays. Everyone is welcome to link up with this Blog Hop. We would love to have you!   Blog Hop Rules  (we do reserve the right to remove your link if you do not follow these rules) 1. There will be a new linky each day. To add your link, click the button that reads “Click here to enter your link” at Continue reading