My St. Patrick’s Day Tree. Who Says Trees are Just for Christmas?

Did you know that immediately after Christmas, artificial trees go on sale for up to 80% off? So make plans this December to go out shopping a couple of days after Christmas to snag a mini tree. Or two. Or five, like I once did. Since St. Patrick’s Day is my 2nd favorite holiday, this year I created a mini St Patrick’s Day tree. Being more Irish than any other ancestry, I love St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday makes me feel closer to my people across the pond.

Christmas Inventions

Christmastime is absolutely my most favorite time of the year. I love when October rolls around and the stores start converting their aisles for the holidays. Our Christmas trees come up from the basement, I plan out our Christmas countdown, I start having dreams about wrapping paper, and even though …

The Christmas Fairy

I love doing Christmas countdowns and this year I decided to do a Christmas Fairy countdown. The Christmas Fairy is actually me (shhh, don’t tell) and every day I’ve been leaving little goodies and gifts out for my two guys. I think the biggest successes so far have been the …

Christmas in Scotland

Scotland is near and dear to my heart, since in a very close second to Irish, my genealogy is mostly Scottish. I have a Clans of Scotland poster on my wall and a blanket of one of my ancestral tartans. How glorious would it be to spend Christmas in Scotland! …

Blessing Bags for the Homeless

It’s Christmas time, so that means that everyone we know is busy shopping for the perfect gifts for the people they love. Seeking out that unique present can often take months. We want the gift to practical, yet meaningful…something our loved one will treasure forever. Sometimes we are so busy worrying about presents for family and friends that we forget about those who are most in need.

Blessing bags for the homeless are an easy way to give back to your community, not just during the holidays, but all year around.

Christmas Countdown Puzzle Activity

Puzzle Activity Countdown Of all the Christmas countdowns I have ever done, this one took the longest to make, but I truly loved the end result and my son was thrilled with it. (He was 8 years old at the time.) What you need:  A thick wood puzzle (the one I …

Christmas Countdown Ideas: Jesse Tree Magnets

A “Jesse Tree” is an artistic depiction of the ancestry of Jesus. The tree (whether it be a cut-out, a real Christmas tree, or simply some branches placed in a bucket) is decorated each day with ornaments that represent Old Testament events from Creation to the Birth of Jesus. The tree gets its name from Isaiah 11:1 “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.”

Clever Gifts for an Obsessive Reader

Christmas is less than 7 weeks away and I know I am not the only one who has already been shopping for months. Shopping for the absolute perfect gifts for everyone in your family can take some time, research, Googling, store hopping, and probably sneakiness. So, if you have a loved one who is obsessed with books and can stay up reading way past bedtime, hopefully this list will remove some of the stress of Christmas shopping. I can’t help you with the sneakiness, however. You’re on your own.