Why Do We Still Do a Christmas Tree?

  We don’t do a lot of other American Christmas traditions so why do we still do a Christmas tree? You know, I’ve actually been asked this question before. Good-intentioned, well-meaning, non-judgmental friends have asked why I still decorate a Christmas tree after we long ago parted ways with Santa Claus and a lot of the other American Christmas traditions. Like everything else in life, I want to honor God in everything I do. I’m not perfect yet, but that’s my goal. When it comes to our earthly traditions, there are some things which can be used for God’s glory and

Experience-Based Christmas Bingo Game!

We use the season of Advent to celebrate Christmas at our house, to focus on Jesus during the month, but I know many of you aren’t familiar with Advent so I made a “non-Adventy” Christmas Bingo Game for you! I’m not opposed to all things Christmassy– in fact, Christmas is my favorite holiday (month.) We’ve just grown to love Advent so much because of what it adds to our celebration. It’s important to me that we don’t lose focus or get caught up in the shiny wrapping of Christmastime. There are plenty of worldly traditions that we don’t participate in

Advent Begins Today! Here’s Your Resources

Advent begins today! Ring the bells, light the candles, and cue the music – Advent begins today. =)  I’m sure you can tell I’m a wee bit excited. I love this time of year. Tonight we’ll do our first Advent candle wreath lighting and scripture reading. The next 25 days will be a time of intentional focus on Jesus, family, friends, love, service, prayer, and scripture. It’s not too late to jump in and get started. It’s easy to pull things together in a snap – and the most important thing you need, the only thing you really need, is

Advent Scripture Reading Calendar 2018

FREE PRINTABLE ADVENT SCRIPTURE READING CALENDAR Advent begins this Sunday — and for the first time in YEARS I am actually ready for it! Usually, I’m scrambling at the last minute to get the Advent wreath up, find or print devotional readings, make some kind of Advent calendar. . . This year I’m on the ball. 😉  Advent candle wreath? Check! We even have pink and purple candles instead of “just whatever we could find.” (Although, it drives my daughter nuts that there is only ONE pink candle. 😉 ) Advent devotional? Check! I downloaded Unwrapping the Names of Jesus

Making Advent Happen (With Free Printable)

Many years ago we started celebrating Advent to usher in the Christmas holiday season and help focus our hearts on the things that matter most: Jesus, family, love, others, and quality time, to name a handful. For the past few years, I’ve failed miserably: both at being prepared for Advent to begin, and in doing a good job of *celebrating* Advent with my kids. We’ve let some traditions and things slide, we’ve let ourselves become rushed and scattered. MY KIDS HAVE FELT IT. I asked them what they were looking forward to this year and they all shrugged. I learned

100 Fall-Ish Things For a Fall Study

100 Things For a Fall Study Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, the colors, the smells.. the excitement in the air as it ushers in the holiday season. =) In Texas it just doesn’t last nearly long enough, so I take what I can get. This year I’ve been looking forward to Fall and the holiday season even more than usual. I’ve been looking forward to a season of happiness and joy. If you love fall, too, and want to do a fall study, or you’re crazy about apples and acorns, or you’re looking for some pumpkin