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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Things to Buy on Sale in December

Things to Buy on Sale in December

| December 1, 2018 | 62 Comments

It’s here: the biggest shopping month of the year! With the winter holidays upon us almost any second, you’re being bombarded with gift ideas, sales, signs, commercials and anything else that marketing companies can come up with to make you buy, buy, buy. While you’re busy doing your holiday shopping, though, it’s a good idea […]

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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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Tips and Advice for Flying with Kids

Tips and Advice for Flying with Kids

| November 21, 2018 | 3 Comments

Tips for Flying With Kids
Traveling with children can be extremely stressful, and traveling by air only adds more pressure to an already nerve-racking situation. With the stringent restrictions placed on todays’ air travel, it’s easy to overlook that the little ones need to be made as comfortable as possible to ensure a pleasant flight.
Always try […]

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Food

Last-Minute Edible Gifts

Last-Minute Edible Gifts

With Christmas only a few days away, you may still have a few people on your list left to buy for. Because the kids are home this weekend, though, this is a great time to spend some time in the kitchen with them, making edible gifts to give out early this week! The great thing […]

Holiday Traditions: Christmas Cookies

Holiday Traditions: Christmas Cookies

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 […]

Shopping

Shopping the January Sales

Shopping the January Sales

If I asked you when the best time is to stock up on school supplies, you’d say July, right? It’s when all of the big box stores tend to have boxes of crayons for a quarter or two, 10-packs of markers for a buck, and those spiral notebooks that get caught on everything for pennies. […]

How to Avoid Holiday Meltdowns

How to Avoid Holiday Meltdowns

We are on the Eve of Christmas and as the time counts down you can almost feel the impending meltdown! The holidays are a special time for families. Each year is a benchmark in the lives of children, and with each passing holiday season comes new joys and new challenges. With all of the time […]