8 Christmas Eve Traditions to Start This Year

Things to do on Christmas Eve

Tradition says that everyone puts out cookies and milk for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Do you? We have a Cookies for Santa plate and a Carrots for the Reindeer plate, but we don’t usually remember to put them out. Sacrilege, right?! We just forget because we have other fun things going on.  So many, […]

10 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

how to keep Christ in Christmas

I have said often that I am okay having Santa Claus deliver big piles of gifts on Christmas Eve because I am confident that my kids know why we’re celebrating to begin with. But how do they know? It’s not like any child pauses in the middle of tearing wrapping paper to reflect on Jesus and […]

6 Ways to Celebrate Advent with Kids

how to celebrate advent with kids - smart ideas from a mom and educator

Advent began this week for Christians around the world, but do you really know what Advent is? Advent is the season of waiting for Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and it ends of Christmas Eve. Many people simplify by celebrating Advent from December 1 to 24. No matter when you observe Advent, […]

The Best Games for Elementary School Kids

The Best Games for Elementary School Kids

  Elementary school kids need to play games. They need to play games because games reinforce math and reading concepts, reasoning and analytical skills, and good sportsmanship. Not to mention that games are just plain fun. We all need to have fun and play just for the sake of playing. (Brené Brown talks about this […]

The Best Games for Preschoolers

The Best Games for Preschoolers

We are a game playing family. It took Grace a few years to catch on to taking turns and good sportsmanship, but then no kid grows understanding those innately. Allie is a little better at this age than Grace was, but she still needs a lot of encouragement and sometimes walks away in the middle […]

How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner – Easier

your best thanksgiving ever!

You can host an excellent Thanksgiving meal and spend time with your guests. Really, you can! Whether you have a lot of cooking experience or none at all, you will be able to follow my instructions, plan, and host a relaxed, traditional, Thanksgiving dinner. Does the idea of hosting Thanksgiving leave you completely overwhelmed? Are […]

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