All posts in Holidays And Celebrations

A Family Valentine: 6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Together

By | February 12, 2014

By Virginia George, Contributing Writer I remember the days of decorating Valentine shoeboxes, of filling out Valentine cards and choosing your favorite designs for your best friends. When you walk into any store from mid-January on, you’re bombarded with pink and red. Hearts, candies, and plush toys fill the aisles and end caps.  When I began Read More

Approaching the Holidays With Prayer

By | December 11, 2013

I love the holiday season. I love the togetherness, the excuse to slow down, and parties where I get to eat great food (that I didn’t have to cook all myself) and visit with people I don’t get to see every day. Unfortunately, the holiday season can easily become stressful and the focus can be Read More

Finding Our Way to Christlike Giving

By | December 9, 2013

Despite my efforts, my children are spoiled in many ways. While I am a firm believer in the inability to spoil an infant by nursing them on demand and holding them when they cry, I DO believe that even innocent ways of giving here and there to my children can result in spoiled, greedy children. Read More

32 Simple, Homemade Gifts for Anyone

By | December 5, 2013

  By Jerri Ann Mills, Contributing Writer Ready or not, we are in the midst of Holiday Season 2013. Are you still eating leftover turkey? Thanksgiving was later than normal this year, which means the Christmas season is shorter. This means less time to shop and busier stores. Sounds like a recipe for disaster if Read More

Will the Real Man Please Stand up? {Celebrating St. Nicholas Day}

By | December 3, 2013

  Photo Credit: Kirsty Hall Post by Katie Mae Stanley, Contributing Writter “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” The Christmas season is truly a delightful and wonderful time. Families have many fun or meaningful  traditions like Advent, the Jesse Tree and Advent Calendars. It’s easy to get caught up in the fun of it Read More

Protecting Your Family Time this Holiday Season

By | November 13, 2013

The Holiday season is upon us, and for many it is a time for connecting with family you see only a few times a year.  If your family is close like mine, this is a good thing.  In fact, maybe too good of a thing. My husband and I live approximately seven miles from my Read More

DIY Advent Calendar with Scripture

By | November 7, 2013

  By Jerri Ann, Contributing Writer Image by Joe Buckingham I know, I know. You are already feeling overwhelmed with Thanksgiving right around the corner. You’re busy digging out your table linens and figuring out what side dishes you’ll make this year. But guess what? Christmas isn’t too far behind. If you’re looking for ways Read More

8 Practical Ways to Celebrate the Sabbath as a Family

By | July 13, 2013

image by Natalie Maynor By Joanna Rodriguez, Contributing Writer Sabbath: The Forgotten Commandment As Christians, we generally hold pretty tightly to the ten commandments. But when in comes to that pesky fourth commandment, we tend to either ignore it altogether or observe it legalistically. You know, don’t mow your lawn or play baseball or go Read More

Frugal Living for Families: Holiday Celebrations

By | July 5, 2013

With yesterday being the Fourth of July, and my second child’s birthday coming up very soon (and my third child’s birthday not long after that), talking about holiday celebrations seems to be a good place to start. When I was growing up, as a young child, celebrations involved a homemade cake and a few gifts. Read More

Happy Fourth of July!

By | July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July! We’ll be enjoying some time with family and hopefully seeing some fireworks tonight! If you’d like to celebrate, try white bean vanilla cake, or this interesting-looking garbanzo-bean cake from The Humbled Homemaker (grain, egg, dairy, and nut-free).  She also has a dairy-free icing, or try my refined-sugar free buttercream.  Those are Read More

Saint Patrick’s Trinity Craft

By | March 13, 2013

I’ve been trying really hard to make sure we aren’t letting holidays pass us by without celebrating what they are truly about!  And this includes Saint Patrick’s Day!  It isn’t just a day for wearing green so you don’t get pinched. Saint Patrick is most famous for explaining the trinity with the Irish clover.  Three Read More

The Christmas Celebration Begins

By | December 22, 2012

Today is the first day of our Christmas celebrations! I have spent most of the week scrambling to get ready, including getting up at 6:30 yesterday (I just couldn’t sleep!).  I had too many last-minute gifts to finish making and wrapping, plus food to make to take with us.  Our plan is to spend today Read More


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