Budgeting for Christmas

Christmas Envelope

Christmas of 2007 seemed bleak in some ways. That was the year we woke up and smelled the debt. About six months prior to the holiday season, we gave up using our credit cards and headed to uncharted territory. We started using cash to pay for everything. We got crazy that summer and aggressively started […]

Christmas To Do – Make a List and Check it Twice

Holiday Planning To Do List

There is so much to do at the holidays. And unless you have a list and check it twice, you may find yourself scrambling in the final hour. Scrambling does not promote peace and harmony. And while Christmas is, indeed, five months away, sometimes it serves us well to plan ahead. The lazier days of […]

Jesus is Why

cross on tree

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he […]

Christmas in July: Do a Clothing Check


Now, you may not want to be thinking about bowties and holiday dress while the temperatures soar and the waves are beckoning. But, on December 24th when you pull out a stained dress shirt from the back of the closet and your son is sporting high waters, you’ll wish you had. Spending an hour on […]

Frugal Friday: Debt-Proof Your Christmas

Create a Christmas Budget

This week we’ve been talking and planning Christmas — in July. It’s a great way to think through the holiday season and what you want to do differently. Clearer thoughts prevail when Walmart isn’t already playing Jingle Bells. One important thing to consider regarding Christmas is the money part. You know the story: people try […]

Stocking Stuffer Inspiration


When I was growing up, our Christmas morning consisted of a mad dash for presents coupled with a breakfast of See’s candy. My dad always bought my mom a box for Christmas. And she was kind enough to share. Now that we’re adults, Grampa Jack gives each family its own box. Nuts and Chews, in […]

German Cut-Out Cookies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Christmas Must-Haves)

german cut out cookies

This week’s Ultimate Recipe Swap is a guest post from my cyber-friend and designer extraordinaire, Katie from goodLife {eats}. I enjoy learning how other families “do Christmas” at their house.The FishKids enjoy decorating cookies as well. I’m looking forward to trying Katie’s recipe sometime soon. Last December we hosted a fun Christmas activity at our […]

Christmas: FishFamily Stockings


Today’s giveaway is one near and dear to my heart. You see, we have this thing about stockings in our family. Many, many moons ago, my grandmother knit Christmas stockings for me and my one older cousin. As more cousins were added to the clan, she either knit another matching stocking or enlisted someone to […]