Category: Holidays

Happiness in 30 Days

It’s no secret that 2016 has kept me scrambling. And when nearly a whole year has you feeling like you are barely holding on, finding peace can be tricky. Gratitude is the highest energy My friend Sarah reminded me that gratitude has the highest energy vibration, even higher than love. Which actually makes so much sense because in the Bible, God continually tells us to be thankful people. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people...

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How We Connect Santa Clause and Jesus Christ in our Home

Christmas was a big deal at my house growing up. My dad was quite the jolly ol’ elf. He and my mom always went all out for the holiday. As soon as the first snow fell (often in October), his Christmas cassette tapes began playing everything from “Silver Bells” to the Chipmunk’s song “Christmas Don’t Be Late.” We’d pass those tapes between us and play Christmas Carols for months. Christmas lights covered our home-inside and out, second only to Clark Griswold. And my mom could create the most beautifully decorated Christmas tree. We often had two of them, one...

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I hate our Elf on the Shelf but she just saved Christmas

It’s no secret that I’m an Elf On The Shelf Hater. The oddly pointy hat and the beedie, stalker-eyes creep me out. The last thing I wanted was one more thing to remember to do every night before I went to bed. I never wanted that thing in my house. Three years ago my daughter was told (by a sly sister-in-law) that if she wrote a letter to Santa requesting an elf like all her friends had at their houses, she could get one too. Seriously? It was out of my power to ignore a letter to Santa. We...

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4 Ideas for a Service-centered Christmas with your Children

One of my favorites from the archives… During a conversation yesterday with my 6-year-old son, I was explaining some of our upcoming Christmas plans. The conversation quickly turned into one of those priceless, that’s-not-what-I-meant moments. His blue eyes lit up and a smile spread across his face. He turned around toward his older sister and shouted, “awesome! We’re getting a sister for Christmas!” Well, not exactly. In an effort to create a sense of service among my children and teach the principle “it is better to give than to receive,” my husband and I decided to expand the Christmas...

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