Christmas Planning: The Traditions


Today’s post on Christmas traditions is brought to us from Jen of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. Jen is the frugal Family Manager of five blessings, in passionate pursuit of balancing it all – the good, bad and ugly. Jen loves showcasing her frugal fashionista finds, trash to treasure jewels and a plethora of meal planning/family […]

Christmas Planning: The Gifts


Have you perfected your imitation of the Christmas Goose, scurrying to and fro without rest as soon as December 1 hits the calendar? Do you find yourself traipsing through the mall for the perfect present, despite the crowds, your whining children, and a splitting headache? Are moderation and forethought new concepts for you? Perhaps it […]

Christmas Planning: The Atmosphere


The atmosphere of your home sets the tone for your holiday — and your life. Smells, sounds, and decor all contribute to the sentiments people feel when they are within the walls of your abode, whether they live there or are just visiting. There are three things that you can effect to develop a beautiful, […]

Why Christmas?


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16 Without Jesus, there is no Christmas. He came so that we may be reconciled to God. The tree, the ornaments, and the cookies (yes, them, too) […]

TGIF: Decorating Cookies


One of the FishKids very, very, very, very favorite things to do at Christmas time is to decorate cookies. This is an inherited trait, I believe, because my siblings and I all loved the same thing. Part of it is due to my oh-so-clever-kindergarten-teacher-mother’s method. This idea is a keeper. So pay attention: Make up […]

Winner! Susan Branch Christmas From the Heart of the Home


Oh my goodness! Am I starving now that I’ve compiled our list of cookie recipes! Wow! You now have 24 different cookie recipes to try out before Christmas rolls around. What a great resource. Many of these recipes took me down Memory Lane. I remember making Christmas Wreaths and Snickerdoodles and Russian Tea Cakes when […]

Frugal Tip: Christmas Stockpiling – Don’t Go Overboard


This week we’ve talked a lot about planning ahead, buying ahead, and cooking ahead for the holidays. Just giving a few thoughts to Christmas now will help us be a little more organized (and joyful?) when the season really rolls around. But, there can be too much of a good thing. One of the things […]

Making Gifts

festive Christmas present --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

I mentioned how last Christmas our budget was fairly limited. We made a very conscious decision not to spend more than we had. Since we were making an aggressive effort to pay down debt and NOT use credit cards AT ALL and keep a balanced budget, there was no room to go crazy on gifts […]