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12 weeks until Christmas: prepare your holiday budget now

You’re about to hit the floor — as of today, there’s 12 weeks until Christmas. Yes, 12 weeks until December 25. That seems awfully soon, in some ways, but in other ways, you might be wondering why I’m bringing the holiday up. 12 weeks is still a bit of time off, and there’s plenty of (read more…)

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Family traditions: 10 ideas to get you started

Photo by Stuck in Customs The following is by Sherri of Serene Journey. Traditions. Those little rituals passed down from generation to generation that help shape your family by creating a sense of unity, warmth and closeness. They create memories that fill your mind with peace, love, happiness, and security. But what do you do if (read more…)

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Q&A Tuesday: Is Santa real in your home?

I hesitate a bit posing today’s question, mostly because I’ll be on a plane all day today, leaving me unable to monitor comments. But I’m genuinely curious about the why behind the myriad of family philosophies out there. So please share yours in the comments for today’s question: Does Santa come to your home for (read more…)

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The top of your holiday to-do list: breathe.

How is the holiday season treating you so far?  Already wiped out?  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 (read more…)

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Link love :: Kick off the Christmas season with simple home decor

Photo by Gaëtan Bourque I love decorating for Christmas starting the first weekend after Thanksgiving.  Something about all the food and family puts me in the mood to dust off the Christmas carols and start adorning our home with the spirit of the season. We’ve got two basic guidelines for holiday decor: If at all (read more…)

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