Cultural Traditions during the Holidays

It was the week before Christmas when I received a call from my parents who were in Florida visiting family. My mother said she was on her way back to Georgia and was bringing a pig for Christmas Eve. Knowing that it is customary in our country to have a roasted pig for Christmas, I didn’t really give it much thought. However, it occurred to me that they were driving from Florida, nine hours to our home, and so I {Read More}

About Beba Schlottmann

Beba Schlottmann is an exuberant worshiper whose passion comes from a deeply-rooted relationship with Jesus Christ and a love for diverse styles of music and cultures. Moving to the states at age 12 from Puerto Rico, Beba graduated from West Coast Christian College in Fresno, CA. She is the president of Women on the Move, a ministry of the Lawrenceville Church of God. Beba also serves as a worship leader, teacher, interpreter and as a mentor. Beba's involvement in mission work has taken her to Europe, Central America and the Caribbean where she has served as a speaker, teacher, worship leader and interpreter. Beba's pride and joy are the men in her life, her husband Brian and their two boys, Matthew and Julian. She enjoys traveling, writing, reading, singing, and hosting international friends. Her not-so-secret indulgences include coffee and any flavor of Milka chocolate. You can visit her blog or Facebook profile to find out more about Beba.

Our Family’s Christmas Traditions

The Christmas season traditionally begins for our family on Thanksgiving morning with a wonderful concoction known as wassail.  Our particular recipe consists of grapefruit, grape, orange, lemon and pineapple juice, tea, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.  We drink it the entire season until we consume the last batch just after Christmas.  My husband grew up with this warm drink and since my family lacked holiday traditions, I enjoyed passing this one down to our children. Our first son came into the {Read More}

About Beckie Stewart

Beckie Stewart has been married to her college sweetheart for almost 25 years. They have five children, the youngest adopted from Kazakhstan. She loves Jesus and discipling others to love Him too. She enjoys writing, reading, scrapbooking, and watching the Lord work in prayer. Her writings can also be read on Exploring Adoption, Mommies Magazine, and Ministry-to-Children.

Slaves to tradition

Every family has its own set of holiday traditions.  Traditions can be wonderful and cause you to look forward to a special holiday bringing the family together.  But there can also come a point when a tradition no longer makes sense. You may be continuing year after year with a tradition that was only meant for a season.  Or perhaps you’d like to try something new, but your Christmas season is already overflowing with activities that you are doing merely {Read More}

About Lori Lauth

Writer Lori Lauth is a stay-at-home mother of three children. She has been married 17 years. Before motherhood, Lori was a successful career woman. She mentors, teaches, and encourages ladies in her community.

Benevolence Giving at Christmas

I am excited about our family’s Christmas benevolence project! My husband recently purchased $150.00 worth of gift cards from the local supermarket (starting with $5 and increasing incrementally to a maximum of $20 per card). He took the gift cards to church and gave them to the church secretary to give them out to needy people who stop by asking for food. I thought this was such a great idea that I shared it with my co-workers. My company is {Read More}

About Beba Schlottmann

Beba Schlottmann is an exuberant worshiper whose passion comes from a deeply-rooted relationship with Jesus Christ and a love for diverse styles of music and cultures. Moving to the states at age 12 from Puerto Rico, Beba graduated from West Coast Christian College in Fresno, CA. She is the president of Women on the Move, a ministry of the Lawrenceville Church of God. Beba also serves as a worship leader, teacher, interpreter and as a mentor. Beba's involvement in mission work has taken her to Europe, Central America and the Caribbean where she has served as a speaker, teacher, worship leader and interpreter. Beba's pride and joy are the men in her life, her husband Brian and their two boys, Matthew and Julian. She enjoys traveling, writing, reading, singing, and hosting international friends. Her not-so-secret indulgences include coffee and any flavor of Milka chocolate. You can visit her blog or Facebook profile to find out more about Beba.

Christmas Card Prayers

Stop! Don’t throw out your Christmas cards when you pack up your decorations! A few years back we heard of a family who put their Christmas cards near the dining room table. At every dinner they prayed for a family who had sent them a card.  Since then, we have adopted this tradition and we end up praying for the family all week, sometimes at breakfast, sometimes at dinner, sometimes both. I never could throw out cute Christmas cards (especially the ones {Read More}

About Brenda Sain

Brenda Sain is a homeschooling mother of five who has a wonderful husband encouraging her to be the woman that God has created her to be. Together they are very intentional about spending time together as a family. She considers her daily life with her children as her ministry and has found many avenues to encourage others to live a lifestyle of learning. She is the founder of an online homeschool community, Our Lifestyle of Learning (http://www.ourlifestyleoflearning), and a curriculum review site authored by a group of well-known homeschool bloggers, Curriculum Choice (http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com). She blogs about their homeschool journey and family traditions at Tie That Binds Us. (http://www.thetiethatbindsus.blogspot.com).

A Lasting Legacy

Every year when Christmas comes, I have a dilemma.  I want to give my husband a gift that will blow his mind, make him remember it all year, and know that I am head over heels in love with him after 14 years and five children.  He is a wonderful and loving man, and he is always appreciative of whatever he receives (socks included!), but he’s just not as dramatic as I am about expressing it. A while back it {Read More}

About Angela Sackett

Angela Sackett is wife to a tall guy with a goatee and mom to five arrows: four boys and a princess-girl in the middle. She is a home-educator and photographer and dabbles in television performance. She loves to cook, read, write, and occasionally get crafty. Most importantly, she's a daughter of the King who loves to dance in His presence.

Hot Chocolate and Toast

My husband grew up eating warm, buttered toast dipped in steaming mugs of hot chocolate. When I first heard about this tradition, I thought it sounded kind of strange. But I was hooked after just one bite. The crisp toast soaks up the hot chocolate and becomes something so much more than the sum of its parts. This is our family’s favorite treat after a day in the snow or a brisk night of Christmas caroling. Toast thick slabs of {Read More}

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).

Home-spun Christmas Traditions Blog Carnival

Some of our favorite Christmas traditions are just simple things we do at home. We sing carols by candlelight. We eat toast dipped in hot chocolate. We read through our Christmas Memories Journal and reminisce about Christmases past. These special memories don’t cost much to make, yet they enrich our lives in priceless ways. What are your home-spun Christmas traditions? We’d love to hear about the little things you do at home to make the season special during our Home-spun {Read More}

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 Goody Baskets

We are a homeschooling family that plans our year so that we can take the whole month of December off.  I found that after several years of homeschooling, I wasn’t getting much school done with all the excitement of the holidays, so I decided not to fight the urge to take off more time in December any longer. Since we have more time in December, I’ve also planned to spend our time together enjoying the traditions of Christmas from many {Read More}

About Brenda Sain

Brenda Sain is a homeschooling mother of five who has a wonderful husband encouraging her to be the woman that God has created her to be. Together they are very intentional about spending time together as a family. She considers her daily life with her children as her ministry and has found many avenues to encourage others to live a lifestyle of learning. She is the founder of an online homeschool community, Our Lifestyle of Learning (http://www.ourlifestyleoflearning), and a curriculum review site authored by a group of well-known homeschool bloggers, Curriculum Choice (http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com). She blogs about their homeschool journey and family traditions at Tie That Binds Us. (http://www.thetiethatbindsus.blogspot.com).

Family Devotions During Christmas

Our family’s Advent celebrations began when our oldest son was 2 years old.  We weren’t doing regular family devotions at that time, but we wanted to incorporate a few things into the season to help our young son learn what Christmas was all about.  We taught him some Christmas hymns that year, and listened to a recorded drama of the Christmas story several times.  He loved to act it out with a plastic nativity set, having memorized many verses from {Read More}

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).