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Christmas

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It’s Christmas Eve!

We had a laid back Christmas Eve. After church in the evening, the kids each got one present, and then we watched home movies from when the kids were little.…
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Christmas Road Trip!!

Last weekend, we took a mini road trip to visit with family for a early Christmas celebration.  We brought a couple of extra kids along for the ride too.  The…
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It’s Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas!

The snowfall was timed perfectly for our day of Christmas decorating, Christmas tree raising, and gingerbread house building! We always wait until December to put up our tree, but we…
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The Santa-tization of Christmas

Newsflash: I'm pretty opinionated. Christmas is quickly approaching and I've been hearing things like how many ways we can use the Elf on the Shelf to control our children's behaviour,…
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Packing Our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

We spent some time shopping for our Operation Christmas Child shoebox, and working on a Gir costume. The costume is still in progress, but the shoebox is cram packed full!…
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Christmas Season! … Too Soon?

Is this just a Canadian thing? Getting the Sears Christmas Wishbook in the mail always signaled the beginning of the Christmas season for us as kids. So many toys, so…
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Creative & Unique Ways to Wrap Gifts

Merry Christmas!  The Big Day is only 11 days away, and the big rush is on.  If you haven't got all your shopping done (like me), you're probably looking for…
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Celebrating Advent, One Day At A Time

Christmas is coming!  And with it comes the hustle and bustle of lists, shopping, baking, planning, cleaning, hosting and traveling.  But there's one thing we plan on doing this year,…
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DIY Painted Mason Jars

I was privy to a conversation the other day about how stressful hosting your family for Christmas can be.  And it really can be. But when Pinterest was born, planning…
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DIY Dried Fruit Christmas Centerpiece

Dried fruit decorations at Christmas create a rustic, homey atmosphere, and what more could you want during the season of giving and spending time with family! Dried fruit is easy…
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Christmas Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

It's a dull grey day outside today, and my kitchen was in desperate need of being warmed up.  I had a Betty Crocker Pumpkin Spice Bars mix that I wanted…
Elf on the Shelf
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Dear Elf on the Shelf …

It's not you, it's me. You're a bit of a heart-breaker, aren't you?  You're adorable, with your mischievous grin and your well-planned pranks.  You may be a bit of a…
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