Christmas Wish List

I don't know about you, but this year I caught the shopping bug and have been shopping the Pre-Black Friday Sale, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and now Cyber Monday. I was pleasantly surprised that all the stores started their sales last Wednesday, so I even got a jump start on my list by visiting the outlets the day before Thanksgiving. No lines, easy parking, amazing prices...I'd highly recommend it for next year! It's a constant struggle to not get caught up in the bargains though, and to stay focused on the things we need or the few things we really really want. I'm always trying to not make "stuff" the focus the holiday season. I'm bucking against our old tradition of having a

Advent Kindness Countdown

Note: I wrote this blog post last year, but the same is true this year so I wanted to republish it. Doing this annual Advent Kindness Calendar has always helped both me and my kids stay focused on what is important during the holiday season. Scroll down for the free 9 page printable. And let me know if you decide to do it with your family! This post contains affiliate links. There isn’t a day leading up to Christmas that we don’t get some sort of catalog or advertisement in our mailbox. My daughter has already circled at least 50 things in the Target catalog, (including all of the candy cane graphics)! Commercials bombard kids with the message that Christmas is all about THEM getting STUFF.

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