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5 Easy Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas

Do Christmas Advent Calendars sound overwhelming to you?  Don’t let that keep you from trying this great family activity during the holidays because I have created and found some fun easy ideas for you. Let me ease your mind concerning Advent Calendars by telling you that you can start
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Why I killed Santa Claus

http://www.needzo.com/ This year, I got asked a few times, ‘Do your kids still believe in Santa?’ and received quite a few shocked looks to my answer. ‘They never believed.’  What? Why are you stealing the magic of Christmas? What about the wonder and joy of the season? What do you have against Santa? I’m quite…
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Thrifty Thursday – After Christmas Sales

Image: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net If you know me, you know I love a deal.  I try to rarely purchase items unless they are on sale.  When can you find some of the biggest sales of the year? Well, if you are shopping for Christmas merchandise, then the best time to do it is after…
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Handmade Salt Dough Ornaments

We made our first batch of salt dough ornaments this week. It was a real trial and error event, but it was fun nonetheless. The kids had a blast, and they never noticed mommy’s gritted teeth or silent cursing. The dough was easy to make: 4 cups flour 1 cup salt 1-1/2 cups warm water….
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Decorating Christmas Stockings

We already have our family stockings hung up in our living room, but our family room mantle was looking rather bare. When I was roaming through the dollar store a few weeks ago, I came upon the perfect solution. Stockings! Yup, the dollar store sells these great cream colored stockings that are just begging to…
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The Set Up

photo “Hey, Mom! You know what I want for Christmas?” “Yeah, I’m pretty sure I do.” “No, you know what I want for Christmas?” “Yes, Bob. I’ve seen your list many times.” “Mom, really. You know what I want for Christmas?” “What, Bob?” “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth! Gotcha! I…
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Freebie Friday! Christmas Clothespin Wheels

This week, I was perusing the internet in search of some new and fun fine motor activities to do with my daughter when I found this cool clothespin activity at Preschool Printables..and another one at Story Time Standouts and then I found these ADORABLE clothespin reindeer on 2 Teaching Mommies…so I decided to combine the…
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Thrifty Thursday – Spending Less at Christmas

Image: Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Christmas is such a joyful time of year, but many people end up in debt because they spend more than they can afford on gifts.  I have been trying to focus more on the meaning of Christmas and less on the aspects that don’t really matter.  I still struggle with…
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When Santa AND Your Sister Visit

The noose of the holidays squeezed ever more tightly around me last night when, exhausted on the couch, I realized that today was Kellan’s last day of preschool before winter break AND the day of his holiday party.  Their party included a visit from Santa, so it was suggested that parents arrive and park by…
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Christmas Craft: Candy Cane Tree Decorations

Materials: red and white pipe cleaners scissors Instructions: Hold a red pipe cleaner and a white pipe cleaner side-by-side, to make sure that the ends of both are level. Wind one pipe cleaner around the other until you get to the ends. If there is still some left of one of the pipe cleaners, cut…
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