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, […]

Behold the Lamb of God CD

Several years ago a Christmas CD fell into our hands that has become one of our most dear. It is called Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson. The album tells the story of Christ, Gather round, ye children, come Listen to the old, old story Of the pow’r of death undone By an […]

Christmas in July Giveaways

GIVEAWAYS ARE NOW CLOSED. This week we’re celebrating Christmas in July! Sort of. We’re planning and thinking and talking about Christmas so that this year it’s a little simpler, a little happier, a little less expensive than Chritmases past. I’m also giving away some great prizes, some on my dime, some courtesy of generous sponsors. […]

Christmas Giveaway: Sheila Howe Designs

One of the themes of getting organized for Christmas is to plan ahead. In so doing, we can give concentrated thought to goals and gift-giving ideas for the season. We also gain the advantage of being able to shop around and find good values. Often good values can be found through small businesses and mom […]

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) […]

MOM Deals This Week

Today I’m starting my annual Christmas in July week. Here’s my rationale regarding why it’s beneficial to think about the holidays now. And it will effect how you shop. Several of these MOM deals apply to the holidays and planning ahead. ** Great deals on school supplies continue this week. Personally I’m nowhere near ready […]

Why Christmas Now?

It’s summertime. The sun is shining. It’s hot outside. Why in the world would we start thinking about Christmas now? Oh let me count the reasons why: 1. Summertime is a little more laid back. Schedules are a little looser. Now is a great time to think about last Christmas, what you want to improve […]