Wednesday, December 12, 2018

35 Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love

If you have been wanting to add some new holiday traditions for your family to create memories they will never forget, we have a quick list that you might be interested in!

Maybe you are just starting your family or just wanting to add in some more fun --we hope that you will take the time to make the holidays special.

Our family has done many things on the list here and I hope that with sharing them with you that you will also have a memorable Christmas experience.

Pick one or several--whatever works best for you. The point is too have a meaningful and fun holiday.

I really hope this list is a blessing to you!

Let's begin:

Read the Bible and go through the gospel of Luke together.

Make a Jesse Tree together.

Go through a special Advent calendar together with your child.

Read Jesus-focused Advent books together to remember the real reason for the season.

Light advent candles as the weeks go by.

Hang Christ-centered Christmas ornaments together.

Bake Christmas Cookies together --here is an Almond Joy cookie recipe that is really simple one with just a few ingredients or use nativity themed or Christmas themed cookie cutters and give them as gifts to friends and neighbors.

Do an Elf on the Shelf alternative like Star from Afar (or if you prefer Shepherd on the Search) that teaches about the birth of Christ instead.

Get a nativity toy set for small children to play with.

Do a Christmas book Advent countdown wrapping the books up in Christmas paper and putting them under the tree. Here is a list of good books to check out!

Watch some favorite Christmas movies together.

Go see a Christmas play together.

Volunteer for Operation Christmas Child.

Decorate a Gingerbread House or a gingerbread Nativity scene. 

Build a Christmas village scene together on a table in your home to display.

Put small decorated Christmas trees or nativities in each child's room.

Make snow ice cream.

Make snowman pancakes.

Turn your fridge into a snowman.

Make homemade Christmas ornaments by hand.

Go and see the Christmas lights with cocoa, and music and afterwards pray for your neighborhood.

Go iceskating or sledding and have a snowball fight.

Go see a live nativity.

Plan some random acts of kindness to do unto others from this list.

Bless a single mom with a few of these ideas.

Spread some Christmas cheer by serving others from this inspiring list for the month of December.

Take some time to slow down from the holiday bustle and  play some fun board games together and make some memories by the fire.

Go caroling in the neighborhood or to a nursing home.

Fill their Christmas stockings with a breakfast theme to keep them fed and busy before you wake up on Christmas morning.

Have a snowflake tea party or Christmas doll themed tea party and invite your friends for fellowship.

Watch a video about how Christmas was during The Great Depression and be extra thankful for all that you have.

Bake a cake for Jesus and sing Happy Birthday to Him.

Wear matching Christmas pajamas.

Do a Christmas Eve box and fill it with all the festive fun things.

Go to a Christmas church service and worship the Lord your church family.

What would *you* add to this list?

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Spiritual Gift Ideas for Kids

Do you want your Christmas to have more of a spiritual focus than just toys?

Are you tired of getting them things they will just use for a short time or will break and be forgotten?

I highly encourage you to invest in spiritual gifts that can be used all throughout the year and will help your child grow in their faith.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Restoring the Garden: DIY Apothecary Kits {& Giveaway!}

Sweet friends, do you ever feel that learning about herbs and making your own products from them can be overwhelming?

I wanted to share that I just found a quick way to simplify that!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Best Helpful Books for Christian Men

During the nearly 30 years of marriage to my husband, I had always seen him reading the Bible, many books,  and listening to sermons to help him grow in His walk with God.

I thought about his books, many that he would read out of to his children or share while he was preaching and so grateful that it had such in impact on him. And I was grateful that he tried to share them with us.

Friday, December 7, 2018

20+ Gift Ideas for Christian Men That He Will Love

Are you looking for gift ideas for Christian men?

You might have several Christian men in your life---your husband, son(s), father, grandfathers, uncles, in-laws, and friends and sometimes finding them gifts that would be encouraging and clean can be a challenge.

I know that my husband loves spending time together as a family (he is a big family man) but not so keen when it comes to shopping--especially for himself. He only does it when he absolutely has to or when the need arises (which is probably how many husbands are), but I know that can pose a challenge to women who are looking for something to get them. Sometimes we need a little inspiration!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

27 Gift Ideas for Teen Boys

We all know that when the holidays come around sometimes it can be hard to find that perfect gift for a loved one--especially when it comes to sons! We want to get them something that will bless them and/or mold them for their future. I was looking at a gift guide for boys the other day and thought that it might be fun to share some ideas here for some inspiration.

A Great Depression Christmas

Do you ever stop and think how much we have as a country?

Sometimes we have so much that we are not always grateful for what we have.

I was thinking about the Great Depression the other day and found a heart warming video on what Christmas was like during that time.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


We love sharing great deals with you when we find them online--it is a great way to save money for your family and spread some holiday cheer while you are at it!

Right now Dayspring is having their popular $5 sale on beautiful mugs and journals--this is one of my favorite sales that they do this time of year!

Here are some of the mugs:

Best STEM/STEAM Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

If you are thinking about getting gifts for you kids this year that are fun AND educational--I am totally with you!

I have been taking my kids to some STEAM classes that they really enjoy so I LOVE the idea of children getting STEAM toys as gifts. They have such a blast and always beg to go back!

Monday, December 3, 2018

How to Bless a Single Mom at Christmas

Do you know a single mom?

Things can be tough for them year around but around the holidays can sometimes be the hardest.

And while they may not always share the struggle they are going through, this is an especially wonderful time to reach out and do something special for them.


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