And That’s a Wrap! (And Winners!)

We’ve touched on so many Christmas topics this week. I’m amazed that really we’ve only skimmed the surface. Here are just a few of the topics: The Reason for the SeasonChristmas CookiesDecorating CookiesChristmas MusicHoliday Donations: here and hereChristmas StockpilingChristmas Ornaments or click on “Christmas in July” in the sidebar under “Labels.” Like I said, we’ve […]

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 […]

Behold the Lamb of God!

FishPapa is a musician. He would say that he only plays guitar, but, in actuality, he comes from at least three generations of men who can play piano magnificently without any training. I don’t understand it. He, his dad, and his grandfather can all sit at the ivories and make them sing, “by ear.” I’m […]

Christmas in July: Planning to Give

One of the things that can get squeezed aside during holiday time is the idea of giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. Sure, we can have good intentions to put together a package for Angel Tree or a shoebox of goodies for Samaritan’s Purse. But, c’mon, truth be told, if you have a ton […]

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

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 […]

A Christmas Tradition: Hallmark Ornaments (And a Giveaway!)

If you’ve developed a Christmas tree ornament collection over the years, chances are there are at least a few in the lot with the Hallmark label. Hallmark is simply a Christmas tradition in the United States. I was just a wee babe (as opposed to a big babe) back in 1973 when Hallmark first introduced […]