Things have been relatively quiet around the blog lately, I know. I’ve been working on several projects that have consumed much of my usual blog-writing time.
However, I have managed to write a few articles for blogs that I contribute to monthly, and even a guest post or two.
Several have had something to do with Christmas, so today I thought I would compile those here for you, I would love for you to read them and leave a comment with your thoughts after doing so.
Soon, I’ll be back to my regular blogging here as well. Thanks for you incredible support, patience, and friendship!
Over at the Busy Mom, I shared 5 Christmas Picture Books That Will Point Your Kids to Jesus
I will warn you ahead of time, this post could have been titled, “5 Christmas Picture Books That Will Make Momma Cry.”
Despite those tears that usually mean my son reads the final pages, these books remain one of the most special parts of our Christmas celebration every year . . . read more.
Over at Upside Down Homeschooling, I discuss 4 Intentional Ways to Homeschool through the Holidays.
I don’t know about you, but November is the when I generally experience my first homeschool slump of the year. There’s another one that usually comes around March, but we’ll leave that for another post!
Easily distracted by the upcoming holidays, it would be so easy to just put the books away until January. I have found that the only way to combat this strong urge to give up for a few weeks is to be intentional with creating some fun in our homeschool during the holidays . . . read more.
Over at The Homeschool Village, I share our very favorite Christmas book and some activities that will help it come to life in Hands-On Fun with the Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.
Every year, a month before Christmas, I begin the joy-filled task of gathering together our Christmas-themed books. When my son was younger, I carefully wrapped each book in Christmas wrap so that Ben could excitedly unwrap one book every day of Advent. On the first day, Ben carefully looked through all of the packages, hoping he would choose THE one, his favorite book of all — The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. . . read more.
Over at Homeschool Survival, I talk about how to keep on keeping on during the holidays in Surviving the Holidays.
During this time of year, more than any other, the rise in my level of stress becomes palpable. Homeschooling becomes more difficult, the calendar gets busier, any money concerns surface, and my emotions . . . well, they tend to ebb and flow daily. . . . read more.
And while we’re on the topic of Christman Inspiration, I want to pull a couple of posts out of the archives I think you might enjoy.
The first one is a tutorial for hand-made quilted Christmas ornaments.
Many years ago, before marriage and Ben, I was a home health care RN. One day, close to Christmas, I visited a pregnant patient who needed some education in how to manage her diabetes.
When I arrived, I found her making handmade, quilted Christmas ornaments. I immediately fell in love and really just gushed over her sweet project. She was kind enough to show me how she made them and send me home with one of my very own . . . read more.
And the other is a yummy-scented recipe for making homemade Gingerbread play dough!
Enjoy! I pray you are inspired to spend more time with your family, point your kids to Jesus this holiday season and make this a season of joy for your homeschool!