Why buy fair trade + a World Vision Gift Catalog giveaway {101 Days of Christmas}

This giveaway is now closed! The winner is Sarah ([email protected])! I love Amazon as much as the next guy. In fact, I probably love Amazon more than the next guy. It's convenient, saves me money and has pretty much anything you could ever want for sale. Which is really helpful when you live in the boonies and don't…

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Hot cocoa stand for charity {101 Days of Christmas}

The other day we got a letter from our sponsored child in India, and it included a little pamphlet about the World Vision Gift Catalog. The girls immediately began to read about giving ducks and goats and chickens and cows to families around the world and, without any prompting from me, started hatching a plan. They…

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ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas {101 Days of Christmas}

With early sunsets and cold evenings, we enjoy family movie night a little more often in December, and I’m already making lists of which movies we’ll be watching from this year’s 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family. I absolutely love Polar Express, and watching it together is one of our annual Christmas traditions, but we also…

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Honor the fallen with Wreaths Across America {101 Days of Christmas}

Our girls are part of our local American Heritage Girls troop, and I love the emphasis on serving the community and honoring our country. Last year we did those things through many different events, and one of my favorites was the wreath ceremony that took place at a local cemetery in Winchester, VA. There were many Civil War…

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Farm animals for Christmas {101 Days of Christmas}

As I've mentioned before, giving is important to our family all year long, but we especially love to give at Christmastime, when it's too easy to fall into the trap of commercialism and wanting more things. This year at Life Your Way, we're sharing our Christmas to provide farm animals to families in need. Yes, farm animals! By giving…

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50+ traditions to inspire your holidays {101 Days of Christmas}

In our house, we always say it's not really Christmas until the candy cane cookies have been made! Our family is big on traditions. We believe that traditions -- things you do again and again and look forward to each year with anticipation -- build the strongest memories and carry the most meaning. Whether those…

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Practical ways to encourage kids to give {101 Days of Christmas}

While giving and generosity are character traits we cultivate in our family all year long, we like to focus on giving even more during the holidays as a way to offset the "gimme" mindset that so easily creeps in. We do this through giving not just money but our time, by investing in our community, by…

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Why traditions matter more than Pinterest {101 Days of Christmas}

With less than 100 days until Christmas, the craziness of Pinterest at the holidays will soon be a reality. While I love Pinterest -- and love Christmas (obviously!) -- I am not a fan of "keeping up with the Joneses" or giving in to the pressure of expectations. At any time, really, but especially at the holidays.…

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101 Days of Christmas: Read the Christmas Story
source: Mandi Ehman

101 Days of Christmas: Read the Christmas Story

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:13-14 This post might look familiar, and it's true that we run it every year, but I think it's important enough to repeat…

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101 Days of Christmas: Christmas Eve Traditions
source: Mandi Ehman

101 Days of Christmas: Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve is probably my favorite day of the entire holiday season. It's a day we pack full with rich, meaningful & fun traditions, and despite the crazyness that inevitably comes from four little girls who are hyped up on the excitement of Christmas, it's just lovely. It's only been in the last couple of…

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