Christmas Archives

We are a third of the way through our Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas missions, which means Christmas is that much closer! Are you keeping up? No? That’s okay. Don’t get overwhelmed. Just do what you can. Every little bit you do now makes you less frazzled down the road. Today is one of my favorite missions–planning the food.  I like food. I like…

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I love Christmas. I hope you do, too, because this year I’m running a series entitled Twelve Weeks of A Simple Christmas. It’s like the song Twelve Days of Christmas, except I won’t sing it. You’re welcome. Here’s the lowdown: This series will obviously be about twelve weeks long…unless, of course, Christmas is cancelled or I move to a country chalet in Switzerland, or I just…

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This is a big long list of affordable gift ideas. That’s it–nothing fancy. Most of these gifts are under $10, and many are homemade. As more ideas pop into my busy brain, I’ll add them to the top of this list, so pin it or bookmark it and check back often. Please share your favorite ideas in the comments below, and I’ll add them to…

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Simply Delicious Hot Cocoa Recipes with Dairy-Free Alternatives

I don’t drink cocoa, because it gives me gas. I’m glad we cleared the air on that sensitive topic. Snicker. Moving on. The thing I love about homemade hot cocoa is that it’s simple to put in the dairy or non-dairy products and sweeteners that you wish to meet everybody’s needs and preferences. Blah blah blah. What I really like is that it tastes so…

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How To Thaw a Turkey (Even at the Last Minute)

When it comes to thawing turkey, we’ve got your back with these guidelines garnered from Butterball and Cook’s Country: How to Thaw a Turkey If you have 3-5 days, follow this guide: Move the turkey from the freezer to the refrigerator. Leave it in the wrapping it came in. For some reason which I don’t know, Butterball says to thaw it breast side up. To…

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This post contains affiliate links, meaning I make a commission if you order through these links. My policy is that I’ve gotta like a company a whole lot to tell you about them. Any profit I make at TSHM buys homeschool materials for my seven “road scholars.” If you don’t want me to profit, delete your cookies before purchasing. Mmmm…cookies. I’m always telling you to…

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10 Tips for Sticking to Your Budget at Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. While your kids are enjoying sweet dreams of stuffed stockings and presents under the tree, you’re suffering through nightmares about your budget shattering like Humpty Dumpty on an off day. It’s a legitimate fear. Through some strange twist of cosmic irony, people who are religiously responsible with their finances eleven months out of the year, often ditch reason and…

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