Are you the type of person that your family makes fun of for leaving your Christmas tree up long into the New Year? Do you resist taking the lights off of your house because it means that the holidays are really over? You don’t have to keep your house decorated like it’s December all year round to keep the Christmas spirit alive. Here are five ways that you can incorporate the feeling of the holidays into your everyday life: Read more »
Let’s get creative, or at least take advantage of the creativity of others, by taking a look at these ideas for Christmas Craft projects. If it’s nowhere near Christmas when you read this–why, that’s even better! You’ll have plenty of time to try one or more and make Christmas all the more festive at your house. Don’t forget: no matter how far away Christmas appears to be, it’s really just around the corner! Read more »
There’s a tree to buy, decorating to be done, cookies to make, and cards to mail. Yes, before you know it Christmas will be over. And while holiday to-do lists continue to get longer, so do our shopping lists.
A million thoughts are, no doubt, running through your head. Read more »
When I read the review of the new book Putting God Back In The Holidays here on Everyday Christianity, it inspired me to put together a quick guide for any parents looking to teach or even remind their child of the true meaning of this special time of year.
Christmas time is a fast-paced time of the year when everyone seems concerned about what gifts to ask for, what they will receive and what foods to eat. Sometimes the true meaning of Christmas gets lost in all this hoopla. If you want to put this commercialization and shallowness aside to help your child understand the true meaning of Christmas, there are many ways to do this. Here are four suggestions. Read more »
Christmas is coming and if you haven’t already started shopping, you will soon! Keeping to a budget during the holiday season can be tough but it can be done if you make a plan and stick to it. Utilizing coupons, online deals and promo codes can keep your bank account from slipping into the negative come January. Follow these top five tips to make sure that your holiday gift giving doesn’t put you in debt Read more »
Putting God Back In The Holidays is a book by Bill and Penny Thrasher that gives you ideas on how to celebrate holidays more spiritually. The book focuses on main holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, but also on New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, birthdays and others. Most of us whiz through holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, being stressed, without looking at the real meaning. We are left feeling exhausted and drained of money instead of having experienced peace and joy.
The book gives you lots of invaluable ideas and suggestions on how to celebrate holidays to not only make the holidays more enjoyable but also more spiritual and meaningful for the whole family. You’ll find suggested Bible passages that you can read to help you to slow down and find a more spiritual meaning to the holidays.
Overall, this is a treasure of a book filled with stories, advice and suggestions on how to celebrate holidays spiritually and stress-free.
Whether it’s for brunch, dinner, dessert or just a treat you will love these quick and easy recipes to add to the enjoyment of your Christmas gathering. Read more »
Christmas is a time of magic and wonder; a time to gather with friends and family to show how much they mean to you. Throwing a party is the perfect way to celebrate the season. It’s a chance to get everyone together and feel like a kid again. The challenge with a Christmas party is that so many people have them. How can you make yours stand out? Read more »
A Christmas Memory from Ann Mauritia D’Cruz
Psalm 8:2 (NIV) “ From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…”
As in previous years, before Christmas, I put up a little manger depicting the nativity scene in my home. This year, I thought I will start my own tradition by asking my grandnephew Aidan who is 23 months, to put the figurine of baby Jesus into the manger. As I pointed out each figurine, I explained to him about the birth of Jesus, the wise men, the shepherds, Joseph and Mary. I gave him the figurine of baby Jesus and when he held it he said “baby Jesus nappy on”. I have never noticed that before. I taught him to sing “Silent Night”. Whenever he came over to my home, he would go to the manger, take the baby Jesus figurine and say “Baby Jesus nappy on”. Read more »