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Stocking Stuffer Inspiration

2008-December-236

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)

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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 Planning: The Traditions

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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

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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

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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?

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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: Saying Thanks

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The day after Christmas. Ho hum. The party’s over. Or is it? Let’s not be fooled that the season of goodwill just magically ended at the stroke of twelve last night. Hopefully, we’re teaching our kids to show love and compassion all 365 days of the year. One great way to exercise those sentiments today […]

Christmas Wishes from the Fishes

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May your Christmas be filled with the hope of Christ. Thank you for all your prayers and kind wishes this holiday season. I am blessed to have so many people to care about both our joys and our struggles. May you enjoy many blessings this Christmas! Love, FishMama