I Understand Christmas

Tracy Livingston This year I actually stuck to a budget but it still looked like I created an answer for fiscal policy all on my own. The money is just that money, I can look around at every corner of our home and every ornament and feel love and a sense of newness that I began when I created my bling tree and winter wonderland. New beginnings, empty nest (words that took a year to learn to say and spell), and changes in direction of attitude, health, healing and a change in career direction....more

Christmas Cards For Our Troops

I've always wanted to send Christmas cards to our troops, but have been reluctant because it is widely known the majority of cards never get to the soldiers.  ...more

The Ghost of Christmas Past: memories of Momma once again

I have so much to be grateful for this Christmas. Wow! God has really opened the doors of heaven and showered SO many blessings on me, I just cannot tell it all. I know that. I know I'm blessed. I know that God has been good to me and my family. I'm grateful... so, so grateful. But I still miss my Angel. I have the best Christmas memories. I can remember waking up on Christmas morning, and going to my Momma's room to get my presents. I can remember how bright everything was. The lights were the kind that had movement. They were as bright as neon. ...more

Gingerbread Houses 2012

image via Petit Plat ...more

Merry Christmas Everyone

Wishing you the best this Holiday season!more

The Christmas Wish

As Carol scrawled her signature inside the Thomas Kincade Christmas card, a chill sent a shiver like the touch of a cold fingertip along her spine. She buttoned her red cardigan and folded the greeting card. While studying the picture of the artist’s painting, Carol smiled at the warm glow emanating like amber from the windows of the cottage nestled in the snow. She imagined the home filled with friends and family....more

Reusing Holiday Cards and Paper

For a church activity this week I was asked to teach how to use old Christmas cards to make a fan... but I I didn't love it, so I googled for other recycling ideas of old Christmas cards and compiled a great list that I would like to share with everyone, because recycling and reusing items is both frugal and a great way to beautify your home for free or cheap!...more
@magpie Sorry! Yes, I did! I guess I thought it was just too obvious, but it is also one of ...more

Not Stollen, Shared!

Photo and recipe courtesy of Crescent Dragonwagon We learn sharing as children, but as we get older sometimes we forget that i...more

Christmas, The Non-Christian Missionary Child...and Christmas

My feelings about Christmas seem to be similar to a juvenile crush that wasn't interested in you when you were interested in him (or her); then when you've lost interest, they come a'courtin'. *** I cared a lot, terribly, passionately at one point. I wanted to be and do what was "normal", mainstream by mainstream-American standards. ...more