enjoying Christmas in our homeschool through four Christmas carols

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, like the ones I used to know… One Christmas, we got snow in spades, or shall I say, in shovels. So. Much. Snow. Four feet almost to its height. Running down our 200-foot driveway was a two-foot-wide space shoveled for a walkway. We parked at the top and walked down…

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Creating a Memorable Christmas Tradition of Advent Practice in our Homeschool

As we daily light the Advent candles, I struggle to remember the order…is the correct pattern: love, joy, peace, hope…or was it love, peace, joy, hope? No matter what the order, the discussion of them each Sunday and finally, Christmas morning, is our family tradition. The kids know there will be a Christmas gift opening…

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remembering Grandma’s Christmas

Grandma had called for us to come the nine hour drive north. The double row of grandfather spruce lining the driveway greeted our burgundy Chrysler. My Grandmother’s garden was a canvas of Prairie shades only three months before. Ash leaves had disappeared, but the stately evergreens swished in the bristly breeze. Grand, grey sunflowers still…

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a real-life approach to being realistic with Christmas expectations: banishing the picture-perfect Christmas

We have high expectations of the perfect Christmas. But real family stories happen in the thick of Christmas too. Five minutes before we left for Christmas Eve service, all spiffed up in our best, we pulled the sofa table away from our new custom sofa to grab a family pic before heading out the door.…

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a simple guide to unschooling your holiday homeschool

Unschooling your homeschool during the holidays? This is a homeschool necessity. We gear down homeschool, because we’re mentally gearing up for Christmas. I don’t think it’s the increased sweets factor, the candy canes coming from every direction, the Hershey’s almond kisses, the gingerbread cookies slathered in icing sugar…we tend to be conservative in our consumption. Is…

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tis the season: ten steps to simplify Christmas

I am a former Martha Stewart soiree enthusiast and am going to write a post on ten steps to simplifying Christmas. Insert laugh here. So how to simplify homeschool Christmas Top five things you don’t want to hear your kiddos say that’ll surely not simplify Christmas… 5. Mom I need a reindeer outfit for the…

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