I once had a Waltons-type perspective on what getting a Christmas tree should be like. You know, the family dressed in flannel venturing off into the evergreen forest to surround a single majestic arbor which is felled with a few swift ax blows and carted away by siblings singing carols [...]
Analycea Miranda enlisted family and friends to create a brighter Christmas for 14 Sonoma County families.
This year I warned the kids that their gift budget for the holidays is going to be smaller than past years. But truth be told, they'll still be blessed with lots to open Christmas morning. It's nothing like a few of the single-mom Christmases I've had in the past. There’ve been some years when I saved all year long and still had barely enough to make Christmas special....or so I thought. It seems some of our poorest years were actually our most special as more meaning was put behind family and all we are blessed with rather than what we received off our Christmas lists. I know there are plenty of families in tight spots as the holidays loom. It can make the season of giving seem pretty unfriendly. But there are ways to get around this. Here are six ideas to help you save a few dollars and ensure a very merry holiday season.
If you find more reasons to dread the holidays than to celebrate them, you're not alone. But you don't have to suffer, either. Here are a few tips on how to get through this month, and maybe even find a reason or two to smile.
In our house, stockings are just as exciting as the bigger gifts - even in the teenage years. But what the kids don't realize is that I struggle with what to fill them with every year! So this year I enlisted the help of a few Facebook friends, and together we came up with this list of items that teens and tweens might love.
Meaningful gifts that won't break the bank.
When it comes to this year's most popular toys, Santa has his work cut out for him to decide on what's the very best for each child. There are a ton of great toys out there! So while we cannot possibly list every single toy that are topping the list of kids in each age group, we have found a few of our favorites to share with you.
Several families share their Elf on the Shelf tales.