6 weeks till Christmas: create a new family tradition

Traditions are great around the holidays because it bonds the family unit, it gives you something unique to look forward to, and it invites a shared past that children can pass on to future generations. But there’s no reason to purposely create a tradition if it doesn’t fit with your family culture, or if it (read more…)

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7 weeks till Christmas: organize your family’s holiday calendar

Christmas can easily become such a stressful time of year -– too many events and not enough blank boxes on the calendar, too many people on the gift-giving list and not enough in the wallet.  Too many expectations, real or perceived, and not enough hands to do it all.  The idyllic holiday scene in your (read more…)

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8 weeks till Christmas: brainstorm decor ideas

With Halloween tomorrow, Christmas decor might not be at the front of your mind. But this time of year is the second-best spot on the calendar to score some great deals for decorating your home for the season (the best time is just after the holiday season, in January). So if you enjoy decorating for (read more…)

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10 clutter-free gift ideas for kids

This morning, our four year old daughter told me, “I don’t want a bunch of things for Christmas. I just want one thing: a pogo stick.” We are constantly cutting back on the number of toys and parts and pieces that are so often underfoot in our home, so the approaching holiday season has me thinking (read more…)

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10 weeks till Christmas: start (or finish!) your gift shopping

It’s not too early to start Christmas shopping. In fact, some of you might already be done shopping for the holidays. Starting earlier means spending less money, finding gifts people really want or need, and seriously cutting the stress during the holiday height. Christmas is not about the gifts, and it’s much easier to avoid (read more…)

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