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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

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Discarded Treasures

That is what my grandpa always did. He found insignificant leftover bits of scrap, abandoned and disregarded, and delicately fashioned them into something necessary and valuable. He always made enough to share. read more

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What if you Married the Grinch?

Then I met my husband, who hates Christmas. In fact, he hates the entire month of December — mainly because of a father who nearly every year chose that month to be an abusive drunk. In the early years of our marriage, while I would decorate, he would commiserate. read more

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Creating Contentment in Kids

Helping our kids learn lessons of contentment during a season when their grandparents love to heap them with gifts (and we might get a little carried away ourselves) can be a terrifying challenge. read more