February 24, 2018

Ohio boy who fought for last Christmas dies


An Ohio boy whose last wish was to be home for his favorite holiday has died, two weeks after his hometown welcomed him with a Christmas tree outside his window and a motorcycle-riding Santa Claus. Doctors had told the family of 13-year-old Devin Kohlman that he didn’t have long to live so residents in the… Read more

Gov. Rick Perry Signs Law Protecting Christmas


Surrounded by sleigh bell-ringing Santa Claus impersonators, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in Texas public schools from legal challenges – but also stressed that freedom of religion is not the same thing as freedom from religion. Read more

Connect With Your Kids With These Christmas Questions

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By Lowry Manders I started this family ritual in an effort to keep my busy young kids at the dinner table for more than a one minute overlap, and to practice the art of dinner conversation! It’s also a fun thing to do at bed-time or just riding around in the car. You could just… Read more

Take Each Child Christmas Shopping Alone With You


By Julie Samrick Back to school shopping and Christmas shopping are two special times my 4 kids know they’ll each get special alone time with me.  For Christmas shopping they pick out something for each of their siblings, teachers, and their Dad.  They don’t get anything for themselves this time, but they get time with… Read more

Gift Giving


By Ann Van De Water It’s that time of year again.  The time of year when in the process of trying to create a wonderful holiday season for my family, I often blow it.  I overextend myself, spending too much time and energy on activities and things for my family.  Some activities are wonderful and… Read more

Ideas for All Those Holiday Cards


Our Facebook readers had such great ideas, they have to be shared: 1. Make a photo book with them- hole punch and bind with a cute ribbon. 2.  Put them with Thanksgiving stuff and then take out next year to get ideas for your 2012 card. 3. Keep a Christmas card scrapbook and bring it… Read more

Christmas Without the Ones We Love

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I explained to my older kids (7 and 9) this week that Christmas isn’t always the happiest time of year for everyone. Some people may not have the money to buy their kids warm coats, let alone Christmas presents. Some may not have family or friends to spend the holiday with- they are alone at… Read more

Christmas Through a 3-Year-Old’s Eyes

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This Christmas season has been extra special with a 3-year-old in the house.  I didn’t notice it as much when the other kids were her age, but talk about magical. She doesn’t have a memory of previous Christmases- it’s all new to her and I have been struck more than once by her wonder.  When… Read more

My All Time Favorite Kids’ Toy: Ode to the Magna Doodle

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I’d been scratching my head over what to get my 3-year-old for her birthday.  As the 4th child, she has plenty of toys already at her disposal.  We already have Candyland, dolls and tricycles just waiting for her use.   After some careful consideration, I decided to replace something that’s been an enduring toy in… Read more