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  • Christmas, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Christmas, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Learn more about Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) by studying the spellings of some vocabulary words related to the Christmas holiday: Christmas, Yuletide, decoration, angel, mistletoe, ornament, poinsettia, fruitcake, eggnog, and gingerbread. Structured Word Inquiry English spelling is rule-based. There are no exceptions, just more rules to uncover. I have yet to find a word whose […] More

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Felt Ornament Craft

    Ugly Christmas Sweater Felt Ornament Craft

    I am obsessed with all things Christmas. I especially love wearing my many Christmas shirts and sweaters from Thanksgiving through Christmas. As a fun craft this year, my kiddos and I made ugly Christmas sweater ornaments for our Christmas tree. Materials felt embroidery floss felt and fabric glue plastic jewels, sequins, and other decorating materials […] More

  • A Short History of Christmas Cards

    A Short History of Christmas Cards

    How long do you think people have been sending Christmas cards? If you guessed “not that long,” then you are right. In the history of the holiday, the Christmas card is a modern invention. The first attested date of Christmas celebrated on December 25 was in 336 during the reign of Emperor Constantine, the first […] More

  • Felt Mistletoe Craft

    Felt Mistletoe Craft

    Mistletoe is a leathery-leaved parasitic plant that bears white berries in the winter. Kissing under the mistletoe is a popular tradition during the Christmas season. When I was a kid, my mom had a sprig of plastic mistletoe that hung in the doorway at the bottom of the stairs. I always wanted my own bunch […] More

  • Christmastime Is Here: The Etymology of Christmas

    Christmastime Is Here: The Etymology of Christmas

    Christmastime is here. Or is Christmas time here? From where and when does the word Christmas come? And is Xmas a secular perversion that seeks to remove the Christ from Christmas or an acceptable abbreviation? Even though Christmas is an important holiday for modern Christians, the church did not celebrate the birth of Jesus in […] More

  • The countdown to Christmas has begun. Celebrate the holiday season with a roundup of more than 40 crafts for Christmas.

    Christmas Craft Roundup

    Thanksgiving has come and passed. Christmastime is here! I love making holiday crafts with my kiddos with which to decorate our home. What better way to celebrate the approaching Christmas holiday than with some festive holiday crafts! Advent Wreath An Advent Wreath is a wreath that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent […] More

  • Upcycled Beaded Christmas Tree Craft

    Upcycled Beaded Christmas Tree Craft

    Christmas is my favorite season of the year. I love decking my halls with all sorts of decorations and crafts. I am especially fond of homemade decorations, and I quite enjoy using old materials to fashion something new to display. My kiddos and I have previously made snowmen with upcycled socks and empty puff containers. […] More

  • Prime Rib Roast Recipe

    Prime Rib Roast Recipe

    From turkey and ham to goose and duck, I have served many different main dishes for the holidays over the years. The one meat that I had never cooked up as part of my holiday menu was beef. While watching a morning show at the beginning of December, I saw a recipe for a fabulous-looking […] More

  • Crocheted Miniature Hat Christmas Ornaments

    Crocheted Miniature Hat Christmas Ornaments

    I love decorating my Christmas tree with my kiddos in preparation for the holiday season! Back in August, I began crocheting a bit again. In addition to a couple of hats that I made for my children, I also crocheted three miniature hats, one for each of my babies to hang on the Christmas tree. […] More

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