Christmas Eve Traditions

Asian Dinner

Christmas Eve. Just the words evoke excitement and energy in the heart of a child. I remember how hard it was to go to sleep on Christmas Eve. Nowadays, I’m lucky if I get to sleep on Christmas Eve. Different families tackle the Night Before Christmas differently. I like to make a special meal. My […]

All Good Gifts (Frugal Friday)

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Photo Source Frugal Friday has been the source of much money saving advice for quite some time. We talk money, debt, gifts, making ends meet. We talk about how to save and how to acquire. We talk about not falling behind and about getting ahead. And, yet, as Christmas approaches, just a few hours away, […]

Christmas Dinner (An Ultimate Recipe Swap)


Christmas dinner can be as fancy as a huge turkey and all the trimmings. Think A Christmas Carol after Scrooge has repented. Or it can be as simple as a few boxes of takeout from your favorite Chinese food restaurant. Think A Christmas Story after the dog ate the aforementioned turkey. Whatever you choose, it […]

An Easy Way to Make A Buche de Noel or Yule Log Cake for Christmas

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Many years ago, almost twenty, I spent a year in France as an exchange student. I adopted a family — or they adopted me — to call my own. I lived in a different French city, but thanks to mutual acquaintances, we connected and my life was changed. I don’t think I would have experienced […]

A New Look at Jesus’ Birth

The other day, my friend Joy shared this video. (She always finds good stuff, by the way. She’s brilliant.) And I wanted to share this with you. If you know how facebook works, it will make more sense. But, I found it an interesting look at Mary and Joseph and the Birth of Jesus. Definitely […]

The Ultimate To Do List Completed

My Christmases have varied over the years. I am stunned that this is my 17th Christmas as a married woman. FishPapa and I have seen a lot over those seasons: sickness, health, richer, poorer. One thing has stayed constant — who God is. The following post was written two years ago when we were reeling […]

Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My Gramma John was born and raised in South Eastern Minnesota. She lived most of her life on a farm, was widowed twice, and raised eight kids — six of them boys. Besides being a very brave and somewhat ornery woman, she was a fantastic baker. Here we are in my mom’s 1970s kitchen making […]

Easy Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers

I’ll never forget the Christmas I was seventeen. My younger siblings were 14, 12, 10, and 3. I told my mom I would take care of buying the stocking stuffers. Then I promptly forgot. Until Christmas Eve when she asked me about it. If I remember correctly, I stood there with my mouth open for […]