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Gathering to Remember

In our small community, we gather together in the Advent season. We collect prayers and praises, needs and wants, hopes and sorrows, and write them on ornamental wreaths that we hang on the huge evergreen tree in the center of town. The prayers are nearly unanimously for children. read more

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Let the Season Inspire Giving

I looked at my husband with a glimmer in my eye. I looked at him with a sly grin, leaned forward, and whispered in his ear. As we headed toward the car, I looked back for a brief moment. I couldn’t stand to miss it, the moment of recognition. read more

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Flower Design Using a Pumpkin as a Vase

Watch as Sarah Tedford from Ladybird Poppy floral design creates a flower arrangement using a $10 grocery store bouquet and leftover Thanksgiving pumpkin. read more

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5 Tactics to Minimize Money Stress Over the Holidays

As an expert avoider myself, I have found facing the source of anxiety head-on is always the best approach in the long run. So figure out where your worry is centered and make a plan. Here are few tactics that can help move your holiday spirit from one of tension to relaxation. read more

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Counting Down the Week to Christmas in Books

'Tis the season of hectic days and nights. One year I found myself in this predicament - the tree was half decorated, the homemade gifts I attempted were a joke, and the kids were in “I want” mode. As a family who loves books, I decided to make books a part of our Christmas tradition. read more