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

10 Thoughtful Gifts for Run-Down, Stressed-Out, Worn-Ragged Moms

I pretty much stink at taking care of myself lately. I will Go-Go-Go until I am forced to take a break and take care of myself. As I said in my last post, a friend made this observation about frazzled and stressed-out moms:  Generally a mom in that condition has either been running ragged taking care of everyone else, or has been checking out and “resting” in ways that aren’t actually helpful.  That has ME written all over it. I also think moms put off spending any money on themselves. Or at least I know that *I* am guilty. Most