I’m not sure where the whole leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day thing came from but they have NOTHING to do with him. Like elves and Christmas, leprechauns have become the generic non-religious alternative to the real reason we celebrate the holiday (holy days). That said, there is no lack of wonderful things to explore to… Read More St. Patrick’s Day Books, Songs, & Recipes — Leprechaun Free!
Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 21, 2019. Coming up with fresh ideas to celebrate an annual holiday can be a challenge, but I’ve selected a few options that might help you out. Martin Luther King Day is an opportunity to look back on a painful chapter in our nation’s history and to look… Read More Let Freedom Ring: 5 Fresh Ideas for Martin Luther King Day
This post may contain affiliate links. Are you planning a long car ride in the next few days? Try these No-Tech Holiday Travel Games! Holiday travel can wear out even the most lively elf. Sometimes plugging in the kids to devices seems the best way to keep family harmony, but it isn’t what we really… Read More 6 Free No-Tech Holiday Travel Games
This is one of my favorite Christmas writings. I read it every year as a reminder that Christmas doesn’t have to be just one day. It is “Keeping Christmas” by Henry Van Dyke, author of the hymn Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee and a minister. He also wrote a number of Christmas stories including The… Read More Keeping Christmas
Tune in on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. (EST) to take a tour of the National Gallery of Art’s Christmas related art. The tour is offered multiple times in the holiday season but will be livestreamed on Dec. 13. You can also look at a slideshow of the included works if you prefer. The… Read More Live! The Christmas Story in Art with the National Gallery
A Christmas books advent is a favorite part of our holiday tradition. I started when my boys were very young, and a number of the books have now been passed along as they have aged out of the stories, but a few remain as favorites. I began by wrapping the Christmas books under the tree,… Read More Favorite Christmas Books that Stand the Test of Time
What’s your holiday motto? In recent years there has been a big trend to pick a “word of the year” to inspire and motivate you. On Happier with Gretchen Rubin (my favorite podcast!), they discussed creating a “holiday motto” Borrowing from holiday hymns, songs and themes, she and her sister/cohost Elizabeth suggested ideas like: •… Read More What’s Your Holiday Motto?
I love the whole advent season. The expectation. The joy. The peace that comes when we make it a priority. In recent years, a variety of new advent reading resources have become available to really enhance your holiday season. Here are some of my favorite finds. The Advent Project | Biola University I have been… Read More 7 Advent Reading Ideas for Moms
It’s Black Friday & Cyber Monday deal time! I have been working like one of Santa’s elves digging up all these great Black Friday deals for homeschoolers. I will be adding to this post throughout the weekend as more sales become public so check back often. Leave me a comment if you find one I… Read More Cyber Monday Deals for Homeschoolers [Updated 12 p.m. Mon.]
Magazine subscriptions make a great gift that gives all year. Right now Amazon is offering $5-6 subscriptions (print+digital) on great magazines that would be perfect for you or a student. When you order the print version, you also get the digital version available through supported Kindle devices and Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android… Read More Black Friday Deals Now on Magazine Subscriptions