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Christmas Planning: Make a Gift

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This morning I started thinking about Christmas. And when I start thinking about Christmas, my mind automatically goes to gift-making. I’ve always enjoyed making gifts and for several years, I made ALL of our gifts to give to family and close friends. (Yes, some would call me a glutton for punishment.) But, I have always […]

Christmas Countdown Starts This Week

Remember when we talked about Christmas last month? Well, just a little nudge for you. If you’re so inclined, Organized Christmas’ Christmas Countdown starts this week. Check it out. I’ve followed this for several years and it has always been a great help to me, especially in remembering all the little details that might get […]

Counting Down to Christmas

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Recently I stumbled on another Christmas Countdown site: 100 Days to Christmas. I’m sorry I didn’t find it sooner so you could get in on it from Day One, but it’s not too late. There are still 97 days to go! This creative blog suggests activities to do every day until the Big Day, complete […]

Holiday Grand Plan Starts This Week

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Remember when we talked about Christmas last month? Well, just a little nudge for you. If you’re so inclined, Organized Christmas’ Holiday Grand Plan and Houseworks Holiday Plan start this week. Check them out. And if this isn’t your groove, make sure you tell yourself so and don’t give it another thought.

TGIF: Decorating Cookies

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]