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Dear Santa … Love, Mom

“Santa Claus had not given (Pa and Ma) anything at all. Santa Claus did not give grown people presents, but that was not because they had not been good. Pa and Ma were good. It was because they were grown up, and grown people must give each other presents.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the […]

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8 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah with Your Family

There are many way to include children in your Hanukkah celebrations. Here are a few resources to help you make the festival of lights shine bright for your kiddos. Make Latkes Together Ingredients 1 (30 ounce) bag frozen potatoes (shredded) or 5 large potatoes scrubbed and grated 1 cup sweet onion, finely diced 2 eggs, […]

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Happy Birthday! Merry Christmas! How to Help a December Birthday Stand Out During the Holidays

My birthday is December 16, nine days before Christmas. My parents tried their best to keep my birthday and Christmas two separate occasions, but it was hard for the extended family and friends to understand why this was so important. On this, my 30th birthday, I finally understand why: It’s an identity issue. People not […]

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Beyond the Cookie :: 4 Alternative Holiday Treats

December seems to be the month of the cookie — decorating, swapping, and gift giving every flavor from sugar to chocolate to peppermint. This year, why not go beyond the cookie? Here are four creative sweets that are easy to adapt to Christmas, Chanukah, or winter celebrations. Gingerbread Crisped Rice Treats Last year, I found a […]

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Do You Elf?

“Do you Elf?” I was asked by a woman while perusing the Christmas toys aisle of Dollar Tree. “I plan to this year. I think the antics are hilarious,” I replied. What transpired was a ten minute conversation about the pros and cons of Elf on the Shelf, the clever little North Pole resident who […]

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5 Ways to Celebrate Advent With Your Children

It’s December. Lights are up everywhere. You’re buying and wrapping gifts like crazy. The Christmas season is well underway, right? Wrong. Actually, according to the traditional church calendar, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until, well, Christmas! It starts December 25, celebrating the birth of Jesus, and lasts twelve days, until Epiphany, which celebrates the coming […]

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Gift-Giving for Less :: Get Crafty and Creative with VarageSale Finds

The countdown to holiday gift-giving has begun. Your list is long, but your wallet is slim. There’s no way you’re going to be able to give all the gifts you want … or is there? Last month I told you about VarageSale, a new buy-and-sell site with the personal touch of your neighbor’s yard sale. […]

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Holiday Crafts for Kids :: Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Want a simple inexpensive craft project for your older kids to do while you and dad are trying to wrestle the lights on the tree? Your house will smell like the holidays when you make cinnamon applesauce ornaments. All you need is applesauce and cinnamon! Columbia SC Moms Blog contributing writer Ashleigh and I got […]

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