Holiday Baking {& a Give-Away!}

True confession:  I don’t like to cook. This can be a little bit of a problem at times, since I have to feed 8-9 people three times per day. I love having company for meals, too.  It’s so much more fun than having people over to fast.  🙂 On the other hand,...

Swallow the Frog

Back in July, I warned you this day would come.  I mentioned that in September I would start preparing for Christmas and invited you to join me. Not because the stores have started putting up Christmas decorations already.  They are intent on rushing us into a season...

Composing Christmas

I like the idea of a composed Christmas.  Whether I think of composure as calm, peaceful, and tranquil or as crafting a masterpiece from various elements I want my Christmas to be composed. You see, all to often I arrive in January bloated, exhausted, and feeling like...

Christmas in July

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Ev-ery where you gooooooooo…” OK, unless you live in Florida or California or some other equatorial location, it probably doesn’t look anything like Christmas right now, but that...

Boxing Day

Boxing Day. Traditionally a day for boxing alms for the poor or when servants would receive a Christmas Box from their employer. In our house it ranges from boys boxing as the excitement and exhaustion of Christmas finally catches up with us to boxing up Christmas (in...

Group-to-Group Gifts

In a large family, the gift pile “under” the tree, can get totally out of hand.  So we’ve come up with some fun family traditions that help minimize the gift craziness and maximize the Christ in Christmas, focusing on the togetherness his birth,...