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Advent Gatherings: anticipation through life in community

It was 5:00 pm this past Sunday evening, and our home was filled with the delicious aroma of chicken taco soup, simmering away in both crockpots on my kitchen counter. We had apple cider ready to heat up and a jug of eggnog in the fridge. Our Advent wreath graced the center of our large (read more…)

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How we help curb the ‘I want that!’s during the holidays

In our Facebook conversation a few weeks ago, it sounded like there’s a common issue with certain family members wanting everything under the sun, particularly during the holidays. It’s not perfect around here by any means, but I’ve found a few keys that help keep the “I wants” a bit at bay. 1. Limited gifts (read more…)

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For everyone’s sanity, keep this Christmas simple

As you start this week—and as you start this Advent season—remember to breathe. Remember, as you unbox all your decor and start penciling in the squares of your calendar, that “more” of the holiday season isn’t always better. Like a finely-curated art collection, sometimes less is more for Christmas. During the holidays, this might look (read more…)

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Baby’s first (Czech, German, American) Christmas

Today as you read The Art of Simple, I’m either carrying a little baby in my belly or in my arms. There’s no way to know which, of course, so I am focusing my pre-mamahood energy to tell you what our little family has planned for the holiday season.  My husband is a German Czech; (read more…)

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Advent: Why it matters (and how to do it sanely)

Can you even believe we’re already talking about Christmas? It seems like it was just summer. Our live-chat on the Facebook page last week surprisingly put me in a holiday mindset. (It was so fun). But my mind isn’t focused on a Decorate All The Things way (though it’s getting there)—the switch for me was (read more…)

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