Christmas

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Moving Beyond the Holi-Daze : 10 Tips to Prepare for the Holiday Season

Here it comes, right on cue! It's November already, and the Christmas commercials have started appearing on television, stores are all decked with holly, and your kids are probably already… Read More

Celebrations | Christmas | Create A Rhythm

An Imperfect Christmas

It's no secret that Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year. And the tension is that by this point, Christmas Eve, all the 'how to… Read More

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A Kid’s Christmas Story

Joseph leads Mary through the backwoods in a red wagon, an angel sweeps in on a tire swing, and wise men celebrate with sparklers. Gather your family around and watch the Christmas story from Luke 1 and 2 told from a kid's perspective. The Christmas Story… Read More

Birth - 5 years | Celebrations | Christmas | Create A Rhythm

The Wonder of Christmas – Setting the Stage for Preschoolers

“I want the other one!” my two-year declared as I took his usual favorite, Little Blue Truck, off the bookshelf. “I want the one in the attic!” I knew exactly what he was referring to: Little Blue Truck’s Christmas. We’d loaded it… Read More

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3 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Miss Christmas

Christmas is about 7 minutes long when you have kids. One minute it’s Thanksgiving and the next you’re putting away your ornaments. Nothing moves as fast as the holidays and it’s no wonder that so many people find this time of year… Read More

Birth - 5 years | Celebrations | Christmas | Imagine The End

What Your Preschooler Really Needs for Christmas

My “baby” is now 20-years-old. I consider myself to be a fairly good gift-giver, but his 20th birthday had me stumped. He is living in an apartment at college, semi-independent, cooking his own food and cleaning his own bathroom. He doesn’t need… Read More

Celebrations | Character and Values | Christmas | Imagine The End

Christmas and the G Word

Hi. My name is Carey, and I'm greedy. (This is the point where you all say, "Hi Carey.") Gosh, I hate to say it. I mean no one goes around and says they're greedy, right? We might think other people are greedy… Read More

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Low Expectations: A Key to Christmas Happiness

Expectations rarely run higher than they do at Christmas. From what to give to what to serve to the pressure to host well, expectations hover just beyond reach of achievability for most of us. A few years ago I was listening to… Read More

Celebrations | Christmas | Divorce | Special Topics

6 Tips to Help Broken Families Enjoy Christmas

In part one of this blog series, my sister painted a pretty honest picture of what our Christmases looked like growing up. (Click here to read part one.) Depending on if you count the Christmas our dad moved out, I had seven… Read More

Christmas | Create A Rhythm | Divorce | Special Topics

Divorced at Christmas

Christmas is a season that evokes a lot of memories. Some memories are sweet. Some memories are bitter sweet. Some memories are just bitter. I’m fortunate enough to have some of every variety but one from Christmas Day 2002 stands out particularly… Read More