Christmas: Why we focus more on valuable experiences

Gifting experiences over “stuff” for Christmas

Luckily I’m starting to see a trend more and more of focusing on experiences when gift giving rather than just wrapping as many boxes as possible.  A couple weeks ago I wrote about how hard it was, working in retail, to watch people drive themselves into debt to give gifts I totally still feel that way but I’m encouraged when I see people making different choices. Seeing thoughtfulness over how we spend, pushing back against the consumption of resources, is key.  This post is more about what we’re choosing to buy.

This post isn’t especially special needs related, but still something I think is important!  Changing our perspective on Christmas and gift giving can be such a huge gift to our children.  If you haven’t jumped onto this recent way of thinking, it may be worth investigating!

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Why celebrating Santa Claus may be a huge mistake

Celebrating Christmas with Santa Claus? You may be making a mistake without realizing it. Here are the 3 main reasons why we don't, and what we do instead. #christmas #santaclaus #momlife #christianmom

Do you do the Santa Claus thing?

I’m about to get a ton of unsubscribes and hate mail for this one, I’m almost sure of it… but I am so strongly against Santa Claus.  My mom sheds a tear or two at this and thinks it’s excessive.  I know you too are probably thinking, “WTHeck?Who hates Santa Claus?!”  Stick with me on this because I’ve got 3 good reasons why we don’t celebrate our Christmas with Santa Claus.  I’m going to make my case here, share our alternatives, and how we prevent any problems that arise as a result.

(Please also know that while I think this is best everyone, I am specifically talking to my family in Christ)

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My 12 favorite Thanksgiving books for kids on Epic!

 If you're looking for an easy button this Thanksgiving, I've got 12 great books for your kids, plus a free online unit study! Put your feet up and relax. #homeschoolmoms #freecurriculum #unitstudies

Thanksgiving books for kids on Epic!

I tend to take a short homeschooling break during Thanksgiving, but I like to keep my kids in the learning habit.  These books are perfect for that!  Maybe you just want to have some good resources for learning leading up to the holiday?  Again, there are some amazing options on Epic!  These are only a few of my favorites, and there are loads more to choose from.  You’ve also got to check out this free online Thanksgiving unit study!

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How to transition back to homeschool after a break

Do you want to be able to take breaks, but don't know how to transition back to homeschool when the time comes? Little ones lose it? Here's what helps us...

Transition back to homeschool without losing it

Our first few days of homeschooling were a nightmare. Torn and crumpled papers thrown every which way. The tears were innumerable… and those were just mine. We started homeschooling after a long summer break with no idea of how to transition back to homeschool.  We had never heard anything about de-schooling or anything similar. This isn’t a post about de-schooling, but a few practical alternatives and tips for transitioning back in from a break.

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Free and Inexpensive Father’s Day crafts

Looking for something fun for Father's day?  I buy from husband's wish list, but the most important part is something from each of the boys! See my top 5!  Special needs homeschool | father's day crafts | Ideas for kids

4 fun Father’s Day crafts

Looking for something fun for Father’s day that your kids can fully take ownership over?  I buy my husband’s favorites on his wish list, but the most important part is always the homemade something from each of the boys.
 

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