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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what Scrooge teaches us about giving & why we have to do it

One of our kids made a case for the existence of Santa: Dear Mommy, Santa is real because the FBI told me so, and because who else would put the Santa present under the tree; and somebody has to live in the North Pole. Compelling arguments. I like to think he is real too. Someone that…

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a warm Christmas Collection: recipes, traditions & music from our homeschool family

We homeschool families get to choose all our family’s routines and traditions, especially Chrismtas. Our personal stamp on Christmas for the last twenty years, our unique version of Christmas family traditions, was a unique combination of my husband’s family’s traditions, my family’s traditions, and random things we thought would be fun. Falling back on the…

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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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How to Build Your Own Christmas Traditions

Create your own homeschool Christmas traditions. Choose a little from your family, from your partner’s family, then leave what you don’t prefer and make your own family traditions. One Christmas I asked,Who wants turkey for Christmas? Nobody. Huh, I kinda like a turkey with stuffing. But since we do turkey at Thanksgiving, we can try…

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