Christmas Stories & Golden Milk


This is one of my favorite collections of Christmas stories, Treasured Stories of Christmas, edited by Sarah Anne Stuart.

The collection includes many of the world's best writers: Louisa May Alcott, Pearl S. Buck, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, O. Henry, L.M. Montgomery, Beatrix Potter, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and many  more!

I whipped up a mug of healthy golden milk to sip while enjoying a story tonight. It's made with turmeric and coconut milk and is so simple to heat up once you have the paste made and stored in the refrigerator. Grab the recipe here.

It's best to purchase turmeric in bulk for this recipe. It's much less expensive that way.

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Day 1: The Greatest Gift Scripture Coloring Page


The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary  moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.
Frederick Buechner

Welcome to Advent and Day 1 of our coloring pages based on scripture used in Ann Voskamp's wonderful book, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas

Celebrate the lineage and majesty of God's greatest gift to us with this timeless treasure and follow along in the days ahead for a coloring page of each day's scripture. It's a wonderful way to spend some quiet time during Advent.

Download the printable coloring pages here:



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Holiday Puzzles: A Relaxing Tradition


I've had this puzzle since my children were young and I'm so glad I kept it. It's a quick 100-piece puzzle that I complete at least once a year around the holidays.

I have heard many people say that they are able to think better when their hands are busy and I have found that this is certainly true for me. I love to take a relaxing break to complete a puzzle in solitude or with family. Either way, it's a relaxing tradition and a great way to take a break during the hectic holiday season.

We have a small collection of holiday puzzles that appear under the tree just as soon as it goes up, for all to enjoy.


For a longer project, or for a larger group, we always have a more complicated puzzle going. This is the NYC Christmas Puzzle (in process) that the extended family completed a few years ago.

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Advent Books: The Legend of the Poinsettia


The best part about a good Christmas story is that it's not just for kids!

I still love to read the books I read to my children when they were small, and they like to read them themselves, too. That's why I'm so glad we started this Christmas tradition, and I continue it now that my children are grown.

Tomie dePaola wrote a lovely version of The Legend of the Poinsettia to go along with his beautiful illustrations.

From the back of the book:
Lucida is heartbroken because she has nothing beautiful to bring to the Christmas procession, so she decides to watch from the shadows. But when an old woman convinces her that the Baby Jesus will love anything she can give, Lucida's simple gift turns out to be the most miraculous of all.

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The Greatest Gift and the Advent of Tradition of the Jesse Tree


It's almost time for my favorite Advent devotional reading, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas by Ann Voskamp.

Celebrate the lineage and majesty of God's greatest gift to us with this timeless treasure and follow along in the days ahead for a coloring page of each day's scripture. It's a wonderful way to spend some quiet time during Advent.



You can find Day 1 scripture and coloring page here:





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