tis the season: ten steps to simplify 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 pageant…tomorrow. 4. I told Santa I want a Saint Bernard. 3. I’m wrapping your present. I can’t get him to hold still. 2. I told the Pastor you’d direct the…

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I’m dreaming of a simple christmas…

Remember when we went to the mall and had our kids sit on Santa’s lap? Seemed like simpler times. Watching Santa greet kiddos at the mall, my son Zach wanted to know: “Where’s the chimney for Santa to come down?” Zach is questioning the validity to all this Santa stuff. At the Santa swim time…”Does…

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24 Favourite Things in my Homeschool Christmas

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorites things” Somehow I know I’m going to see a television replay of the Sound of Music this Christmas season.   This film shares the value of home and family.…

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How to Build Your Own Christmas Traditions

Create your own traditions. Who wants turkey for Christmas? I ask. Nobody. Huh, I kinda like a turkey with stuffing. But since we do turkey at Thanksgiving, we can try something different at Christmas. Everyone prefers beef. We are Alberta-born and raised, so a thick cut of red meat satisfies the taste buds: a prime rib all…

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Choosing Educational Christmas Gifts for An Eleven Year Old Builder-Based Learner

Have a kinesthetic learner in your homeschool? Let me introduce you to my eleven year old’s Christmas wish list. Lego. (You knew I would add this product.) It’s so versatile, facilitates curiosity, and gets boys and girls thinking. Since it’s made of some form of hard plastic, I’m pretty sure this statement is accurate: a…

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elf man: Santa’s little helper

Is Elf real? Is he not? Our ten year old emphatically declares: “Mom, he’s still got his “Made in China” tags–he’s not real!” But still. Maybe he is. How can mom, who moves the little fella every time the youngest is out of the room, believe he might be real? He’s reporting to Santa, the…

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