12 Days of Christmas: Scavenger Hunts and More Family Fun!

On Christmas night, Michael James (6) was crying at bedtime because Christmas was over. Poor thing – 25 days of build up counting down on the Advent calendar, 4 weeks of waiting as we lit the advent candles on our wreath, SO much anticipation, and just like that the day had come and gone. Daddy […]

Connect with your Kids at Christmas: Christmas Questions

I started this family ritual in an effort to keep my busy young kids at the dinner table for more than a one minute overlap, to practice  the art of dinner conversation! It’s also a fun thing to do at bed-time or just riding around in the car. You could just have these questions in […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

What are your holiday “Rituals”?

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

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 to make it NOT just about presents.) Really, Christmas, in many ways, is a reminder of how LIFE should be, not just a 25-day period. But, while […]