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The Perfect Holiday

The gifts have to be wrapped just so. The decorations have to be hung on the tree like this. The Christmas cookies must have this color icing. Sound familiar? The holidays can bring on a lot of extra pressure – if you let them. To avoid that intensity, be flexible. If traditions turn out a little differently this year, it’s ok. If the kids don’t hang the ornaments on the tree just right…let it go. And the cookies...
Dec 20, 2013 / Holidays

A Christmas Light Tradition

The glittering displays of Christmas lights bring out the kid in all of us.  This year, make taking in the lights a family adventure.  Map out a list of decorated houses you want to see, put together some snacks, and then pile everyone in the car one evening and take a drive to see all the Christmas lights.  Take your time, drive slowly. Talk about which house you like best.  Pause to take some family pictures. ...
Dec 19, 2013 / Holidays

I Pledge to Be a Better Elf

Each year, I somehow manage to let the pressure of making Christmas great fall on my wife, Susan—from buying and wrapping presents, to decorating the tree, to setting out the stockings—she’s the one that makes it happen.  That’s why, this year for the sake of my marriage, I am pledging to be a better elf.  First, I pledge not to fall asleep on the couch when my wife needs my help setting up.  Which leads to my...
Dec 16, 2013 / Holidays

What I Learned About Family from My 6 Favorite Christmas Movies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. So as the cookies bake and the fire warms our toes, why not enjoy a cozy family movie night?  Here are 6 of my favorite Christmas movies and what they’ve taught me about family.  First, I’ve always enjoyed the classic movie, A Christmas Carol.  Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a journey to learn that loving and being loved by our family is the most important thing.  Second,...
Dec 12, 2013 / Holidays

The Way to Credit Free Christmas Shopping

If you’re looking for a way to scale back on expenses, why not commit to a credit free Christmas this year? Resist the temptation to spend money you don’t have on material things that ultimately have very little meaning, and provide very little satisfaction.  Start by using this money saving Christmas gift planner to organize your list.  But remember, the Christmas season isn’t about “things,” it’s about...
Dec 04, 2013 / Holidays

4 Christmas Printables to Beat Holiday Stress

Of course you do!  Well a little planning and a lot of great printables will go a long way in making your holidays more joyful and less stressful.   So plan now to get all of the printables you need at!  Start with our printable gift planner to save time and money.  Also check out iMOM’s printable calendars, Christmas Eve Checklist, and my favorite – story cards that will help you share the real meaning...
Dec 02, 2013 / Holidays

Black Friday Advice from Dave Ramsey

Today is Black Friday — the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season. But a great bargain isn’t so great if it means spending the holidays in extra debt. Here are three tips to ease the after-Christmas bills blues to help you make the most of the big sales. Instead of getting carried away by all the big sales and promotions, set some limits in writing before you leave the house. If you haven’t already,...
Nov 29, 2013 / Holidays



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