Category Archives: Holidays


By His Wounds We Are Healed  (one of my favorite songs)   “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a … Continue reading

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It’s Friday…But Sunday’s Coming!

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Sunday Smorgasbord

I’m not really a big lover of Valentines Day, but it is a chance to make some fun foods and engage in craftiness. Saltwater Kids had some great candy-free Valentines gift ideas and flibbertigibberish shared a tutorial on how to make some adorable “I … Continue reading

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The Best Gifts Are Free

Here it is…the mandatory post-Christmas wrap-up post. 🙂 For those that were wondering, we DID have a quiet Christmas! We did absolutely nothing except eat, sleep and eat some more. Although the barn raising did not go as planned… Gingerbread … Continue reading

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I’m Dreaming of a QUIET Christmas…

A quiet Christmas filled with domino games… …where the appropriate attire is pajamas… …where breakfast is made by someone other than myself… …where (gingerbread) barns are raised… …where an untraditional lunch includes recipes from old friends… …and where and old, familiar … Continue reading

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Christmas Traditions

We have several Christmas traditions in our family. My mother always gave us a new ornament representative of a milestone that was reached during the year, a new hobby that was taken up or a dream that was expressed. When … Continue reading

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“I am going to tell you about the Christmas story.”

I asked each of my girls to write a letter or draw a picture to send to our Compassion kids when I was putting together our package for the month. Both girls asked Happyness questions like “Who are your friends?” “Do … Continue reading

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On Explaining Immaculate Conception to an Eight-Year-Old

Since we just finished reading “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” (the best children’s-chapter-book-with-a-Christmas theme ever!) , we decided to pull out some of our dearly beloved picture books for bedtime reading tonight. I chose my FA-A-A-A-vorite: The Nativity– retold by Juliana Bragg … Continue reading

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The Great Santa Debate

**Warning: Hot Topic Ahead** The photo taken by Grzegorz Łobiński for MerryRibbon eCards. Shared under a  Creative Commons license.   We do Santa at our house. There. I said it. Feel free to throw stones or think I’m a horrible Christian. … Continue reading

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Mama Musings: Great Gifts from Shutterfly

For the past 6 years, I have been using Shutterfly to create personalized gifts for my family. When Michelle and others spread the word that Shutterfly was giving 50 free Christmas cards for bloggers, I had to sign up! For five years I had … Continue reading

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