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Holiday Traditions: Christmas Cookies

Holiday Traditions: Christmas Cookies

| December 9, 2018 | 33 Comments

In our family, we enjoy baking for the holidays. It’s the one time of year that we actually carve out time to spend together in the kitchen baking, donning aprons and listening to festive holiday music. We usually set aside one weekend to get all of the baking done, but I know other families who […]

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Favorite Holiday Movies for the Family

Favorite Holiday Movies for the Family

| December 7, 2018 | 32 Comments

With the wind blowing and the snow falling, December is a great month for snuggling in with the family for frequent movie nights or marathon afternoons! December is the time that all of the holiday classics play, so you might just be able to watch what’s already playing on television. Otherwise, you can always hit […]

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Family Traditions: St. Nicholas Day

Family Traditions: St. Nicholas Day

| December 5, 2018 | 20 Comments

Our family enjoys hosting foreign exchange students, and over the years, we’ve been able to experience some of the interesting observances and celebrations that other cultures participate in. One of our family favorites is one that a German student brought to our home several years ago: St. Nicholas Day.
In Germany, children place one or two […]

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Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah Traditions

| December 2, 2018 | 8 Comments

I grew up with a Catholic mother and a Jewish father, so I was exposed to all sorts of holiday traditions. Although we celebrated Christmas at home, we’d go to my paternal grandmother’s house every December to observe Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights. We’d gather at some point during the celebration to light candles […]

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Holiday on a Budget: Giving Experiences

Holiday on a Budget: Giving Experiences

| November 28, 2018 | 17 Comments

We’ve been talking over the past few weeks about ways to make the upcoming holiday season more affordable. Most of us need to watch our holiday budgets, and starting to think about gifts early can make a big difference in your credit card statements come January! Many times, the extra time and energy you invest […]

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Making Thanksgiving Traditions

Making Thanksgiving Traditions

| November 19, 2018 | 13 Comments

When I was little, we would always gather at my grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving. My aunt would roast the turkey at her house, and she’d make two different kinds of stuffing: one with sausage, and one without. My mother was in charge of making mashed turnips (which I disliked as a child and still don’t […]

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Holiday Bargains: Gift Baskets and Care Packages

Holiday Bargains: Gift Baskets and Care Packages

| October 4, 2018 | 24 Comments

The holidays are quickly approaching, but if you’re like anything like me, you spend the first half of December wishing that you’d started your holiday shopping earlier! With many of us feeling the economic pinch, you might not be in the position to spend a lot of money on Christmas and Hanukkah gifts. Homemade gifts […]

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May Day Traditions to Enjoy at Home

May Day Traditions to Enjoy at Home

| May 1, 2018 | 4 Comments

May 1 is also known as May Day in some parts of the world. This holiday has been celebrated for thousands of years; it likely started out as a pagan celebration of the spring, fertility and the new year (this was before the current calendar came to be). Now, children and adults in various parts […]

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March 10 Is Middle Name Pride Day

March 10 Is Middle Name Pride Day

| March 10, 2018 | 15 Comments

Today is Middle Name Pride Day. A rather obscure holiday, it’s a day to celebrate your middle name! When I was pregnant with each of our children, my husband and I would talk at length about names. We put almost as much discussion and thought into middle names as we did into first names, but […]

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Holiday Tips to Stay Safe

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Holiday Tips to Stay Safe

| December 13, 2017 | 62 Comments

December is bursting with festivities, and with those festivities are often alcoholic beverages. It’s fine for you to have a few drinks, of course, and drinking moderately can help set a good example for your children of appropriate and responsible alcohol usage. Of course, every year we hear of injuries and fatalities caused by drinking […]

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