Moment for Mommy: What is Christmas Spirit?

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge Christmas eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body, […]

25 MORE Family Activity Ideas for your Christmas Countdown, 2012!

There is SO much to do “out and about” around the holidays, and lots of it for FREE! But don’t forget to allow for quiet moments at home, for “taking it easy” (aka. “relaxing” – ever heard of it?). Get out there for some family adventures, but don’t forget the importance of down-time for growing […]

Counting to Christmas: 25 Ways to Count Down with Your Kids!

(Here’s my post from last year to give you some ideas as you plan a “December to Remember”…more ideas and new links for Christmas 2012 coming up…) Christmas-time is about being together. It’s about simple joys. And for children, it’s about PRESENTS! (Oops, did I say “presents”? I meant MAGIC! As parents, it’s our job […]

‘Twas the Week After Christmas…

…and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except the rug-rats! I love this week after Christmas – all the hustle and bustle comes to halt, and we finally get a chance to SLOW down and enjoy the “peace of Christmas” – a chance to focus on family, set aside work responsibilities, play […]

Christmas Version: 1st Corinthians 13

Good Deeds and “Good Tidings”: Part 2

Continuing the Low-Down from our Family Christmas Count-down! (See \”Good Tidings\”: Part 1 and Counting to Christmas: 25 Ways to Count Down with your Kids) Day #16 – Mommy Manders Outreach Project. Christmas caroling at a nursing home has been a tradition in my life since I was a little girl. And years ago, B.C. (before children), I always […]

Pennies from Heaven and other “Good Tidings”: Part 1

Holiday “Check-Up”! Tips for a Stress-Free Season…

Time for your Holiday “Check-Up”! Are you surviving? Are your children surviving? Does it feel like: a) The most “wonderful” time of the year? (Are you just GLOWING in the magic and wonder and Christmas lights, the warmth of family and friends? Good for you.)

What are your holiday “Rituals”?

Real Family, Real Life…

So, many of you liked my recent post, \”Counting to Christmas: 25 Ways to Count Down with your Kids\”. Lots of great ideas, right? Lots of great intentions for family fun in December. Well, just so none of you EVER think that I have the picture-perfect family, I thought I’d give you an update as to […]