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Christmas Holidays & Occasions

What Is Advent?

Advent is the time period leading up to an event that usually includes preparation, anticipation, and expectation. So how do we celebrate the Advent of Christmas? Preparation:  Traditionally our culture has celebrated the Advent as a time to prepare for Christmas. However, sometimes the focus …

About Carla Anne Coroy

Carla Anne can be described in one word: passionate. After just a few minutes with her it is evident that her biggest passion is people. Carla Anne is an accomplished Christian author, speaker and business woman. Her favourite way to spend her free time is hanging out with her 8 kids (an even mix of sons, daughters, and in-laws) and many family “add-ons”. In winter you can find her cheering for her local hockey team and in summer she’ll be on the beach!

Christmas Holidays & Occasions

A Simple Christmas: Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

While speaking at a recent fall retreat, I participated in a craft session. I’m not particularly crafty. I would like to be. Everything I make looks homemade and nothing like the beautiful creations on Etsy–or at friends’ homes. I am glad I joined in this …

About Carla Anne Coroy

Carla Anne can be described in one word: passionate. After just a few minutes with her it is evident that her biggest passion is people. Carla Anne is an accomplished Christian author, speaker and business woman. Her favourite way to spend her free time is hanging out with her 8 kids (an even mix of sons, daughters, and in-laws) and many family “add-ons”. In winter you can find her cheering for her local hockey team and in summer she’ll be on the beach!

Christmas Holidays & Occasions

Family Worship During Advent Season

Do you have a desire to start family devotions? Are you looking for some ways to turn your childrens’ hearts toward the Lord during the upcoming holiday season? The Advent season begins the Sunday after Thanksgiving! In my podcast Preparing Hearts for Christmas, I share …

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Book & Online Resource Reviews Christmas Holidays & Occasions

Preparing My Heart for Advent

Preparing My Heart for Advent During December, it’s easy to rush through the Christmas season without focusing on Jesus’ birth–the real reason we celebrate. Once we become tangled in the twinkling lights and preparations, it’s hard to find time to bow in worship like the …

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Christmas Holidays & Occasions

Preparing Hearts for Christmas Podcast

Do you have a desire to start family devotions? Are you looking for some ways to turn your children’s hearts toward the Lord during the upcoming holiday season? Join Molly Evert for a time of encouragement and practical tips on family devotions during the Advent …

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Christmas Holidays & Occasions

Favorite Family Christmas Book

Molly Evert Counter Cultural Mom My family loves books and one of our all-time favorites is Jack and Kathy Stockman’s gorgeously illustrated The Advent Book. This book is out of print now, but still available online and well worth pursuing. We read one new page …

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

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Advent Calendars

How many days until Christmas? We like to use Advent calendars to help our young children get a sense of the passage of time. Advent calendars also help build anticipation for our nightly devotions. The chocolate advent calendar certainly helps build excitement. The kids come …

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

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Preparing a Jesse Tree

The Jesse tree is a way to help our children see the continuity between the Old and New Testament. All of the Old Testament points forward to Jesus, the centerpiece of human history. The Jesse tree takes its name from Isaiah 11:1, which says “A …

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).