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    OUR CRAZY GINGERBREAD MEN

    For Advent last night, we planned to make our own gingerbread ornaments. It was supposed to look like this: (of course this was mine ;D) But the kids’ finished product were these: Part of me wanted to force them to do it the way it should be done, to follow the rules. The objective of our ornament-making activity was for them to make an ornament, write on it what one thing they’re thankful for this year, while having a great time as a family. I saw how everyone was having fun making their silly gingerbread ornaments, so I just held my tongue and let them have their way. Rules are…

  • Family Activities,  parenting

    KICKING CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS

    We just finished watching the movie “Elf”, a funny and touching Christmas movie that our family watches every Christmas. Though we love this movie, it is sad that it and even most Christmas movies don’t really talk about the real essence of Christmas. Not just movies, but even the songs that we hear playing on the radio hardly talk about real meaning of Christmas. Interestingly enough, the top 5 Christmas songs for this year are: White Christmas, The Chipmunk Song, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, and Jingle Bell Rock, none of which really mention the coming of Jesus. Pop culture has kicked Christ out…

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    OPERATION CHRISTMAS BOX

    As part of our Christmas traditions, our kids prepare loot bags with goodies and toys and we drive around the city and give them away to street children. I remember one Christmas when Ryan was compelled to give the slippers he was wearing to one boy who was walking barefoot. As we have done this year after year,  we saw how it has developed compassion in my kids for the less fortunate. Here is an opportunity for your kids to give this Christmas: OPERATION CHRISTMAS BOX: Build a Christmas Gift Box for a Child. Parents, here’s our opportunity to show our children how to make Christmas special for other people…