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Follow the Children’s Lead (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

Children know what’s fun. And sometimes it’s better to follow their lead when it comes to family entertainment. The first year that I instituted the Christmas Countdown, I was so excited about all the fun we would have. I knew my kids would have a blast eating dinner backwards and going light looking in their […]

A Gift Guide for Boys (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

Wondering what to get for that young man in your life? As the mom of FOUR boys, I got you covered with this gift guide for boys, aged 5 to 15. Let’s face it. Part of the fun of Christmas is the presents. There, I said it. I’ve said it before, Jesus is the best […]

Clutter-free Stocking Stuffers (Frugal Friday)

Tired of giving gifts that become clutter six months later? Yeah, me, too. I’m on a mission to have clutter-free stocking stuffers this year. This past summer when I was helping some children clean their room, I found several card games. Correction: I found pieces to several card games. Apparently, we no longer had the […]

Read Holiday Books with the Kids (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

I have a little stash of Christmas books that I pack away with the decorations every January. We dig them out about this time every year. Oh, sure, one or two renegade books floats around the house for the next year, but generally speaking, these are special occasion books; some are even leftovers from my […]

Create a Family Playlist (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

Christmas carols are a hallmark of the Christmas season. There are some songs, like Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song or Bing Crosby’s Silver Bells, that take me back to a certain time and place in my childhood. They are special and evoke happy feelings that I really can’t explain. My siblings and I used […]

Make a Big To Do Out of Christmas

buche de noel There are some things that have become traditions for our family. Things that the kids know happen each year in December. We bake a Buche de Noel. We go light looking. We open one present on Christmas Eve. These are sweet things that have developed over the years. They now serve as […]

Trimming the Tree with Children (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

The following is written by LifeasMOM contributor, Lauren: I have so many treasured memories surrounding the Christmas Season – and most of them involve a Christmas tree. I love Christmas trees and everything about them: putting them up, arranging the ornaments, choosing just the perfect spot to admire it all season, not to mention its fresh smell wafting through […]

Bake Cookies with Your Kids (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

We love to have a big variety of Christmas cookies on the plate.Last year the kiddos and I made a dozen different kinds! We baked them the weekend of Thanksgiving and then froze them to enjoy through New Year’s. It was great fun. I was chatting with my friend Shaina the other day, and she mentioned […]