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130+ Best Educational Stocking Stuffers for Kids of All Ages

130+ educational stocking stuffer ideas for kids - Your children will love these great gift ideas that are small enough to fit in a normal Christmas stocking! Lots of unique and creative ideas including games, books, and more for kids, tweens, and teens both girls and boys.

Do you like stuffing your children’s stockings? I don’t particularly, to be honest. I love wrapping presents and making big piles, but I fizzle out where stockings are concerned. I usually forget about the stockings until way late, too, and then I have to rush around and order a bunch of things from Amazon because I haven’t planned very well. And then, I end up with tons of extra stuff that doesn’t fit into the stocking because I went overboard in panic. It’s a vicious cycle that happens every single year. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to put … Read more

10 Ways to Count Down to Christmas

Do you know what Advent is? It officially begins this coming Sunday, November 29. Advent is the season of waiting for Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, but some people celebrate it just from December 1 to 24. No matter when you observe it, Advent is a time of happiness, celebration, and hopeful anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ. Whether you are young or old, waiting is hard. I personally hate to wait. Counting down helps the time to pass. It gives us something to look forward to every day, and … Read more

8 Christmas Eve Traditions to Start This Year

Things to do on Christmas Eve

Tradition says that everyone puts out cookies and milk for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Do you? We have a Cookies for Santa plate and a Carrots for the Reindeer plate, but we don’t usually remember to put them out. Sacrilege, right?! We just forget because we have other fun things going on. So many, in fact, that you may need to start on December 22 to get them all in. 8 Christmas Eve Traditions to Start This Year Wear new pajamas. Joe and I started a new tradition when Grace was born. She got fresh new pajamas and a gift … Read more

6 Ways to Celebrate Advent with Kids

Advent began this week for Christians around the world, but do you really know what Advent is? Advent is the season of waiting for Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and it ends of Christmas Eve. Many people simplify by celebrating Advent from December 1 to 24. No matter when you observe Advent, it is a time of happiness, celebration, and hopeful anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let’s not pretend that our kids (and maybe us) look forward to the excitement of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Most of us give … Read more

Jesse Tree FAQ

How to Celebrate Advent with a Jesse Tree

Advent starts this weekend – Saturday or Sunday depending on whether you follow the December 1-24 plan or the 4 Sundays before Christmas plan. I follow whichever plan gives me more days for my Jesse Tree. I have been bugging Joe to dig out my Jesse Tree and Cookie from the basement, but he hasn’t done it yet. I’m ready to get this party started. I get a lot of email questions about the Jesse Tree. Here are the most common ones: What is a Jesse Tree? The Jesse Tree is a special kind of Advent calendar that traces the … Read more

8 Ways to Count Down to Christmas

counting down to christmas

I’ve mentioned a time or two that Advent started this past Sunday, but do you know what Advent is? Advent is the season of waiting for Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before November and ends on Christmas Eve, but some people celebrate it just from December 1 to 24. No matter when you observe it, Advent is a time of happiness, celebration, and hopeful anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ. Whether you are young or old, waiting is hard. I hate to wait. Counting down helps the time to pass. It gives us something to look forward … Read more