A Stress-Free Christmas, Anyone? (Part 2)

I love Christmas. But when I was a child, we didn’t celebrate it. It’s a long story…. But secretly, my family would wish we were celebrating Christmas like other families. When I learned about the true meaning of Christmas, that is, when I realized that the pagan past may be redeemed when Christians make Jesus the reason for the celebrations, out went the old, and in went guilt-free celebrations. How liberating that was! Your Own Style Advent I’m so excited for this year because we are starting an advent tradition! But first, let me tell you how the house looks

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A Stress-Free Christmas, Anyone? (Part 1)

It’s that time of the year again and aren’t we glad that last year’s lessons in planning activities for the family and our friends have made us wiser? Remember when the cake flopped, or some family couldn’t make it, the song number was flat or the cards arrived too late —but YOUR FAMILY HAD A GOOD TIME NONETHELESS? I guess no Christmas celebration is ever perfect, plan or no plan, but we can be grateful for every thing we can do to celebrate Jesus. Yes, it’s Jesus! Planning to Have Fun no Matter What! But I am biased towards having

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Why We Are Thankful for Thanksgiving

I read the book The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Jan and Mike Berenstain to my daughter a few months back. After that she asked me about the whatness of Thanksgiving. I was only able to muster a tentative reply. So I thought I might as well take a look at the history behind why to the American people this holiday is significant for the sake of my daughter, myself and our homeschool.  A Brief History of Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is an American holiday that springs from the unique heritage of its people as a nation. I can’t tell much about this

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