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Christmas Traditions: Advent

Counting down for Christmas is a popular family tradition. You can make yours’ centered around activities or use to teach the meaning of Christmas. Advent Candle Paint alternating red and green stripes around a 3″ x 8″ candle. (use nonflammable, nontoxic acrylic paint). Every night at dinner, decide as a family one thing that you are thankful for. Light the …

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Christmas Traditions: Christmas Eve

Turn down the lights and sing carols by candlelight. Take a drive to see outside lights. Read the Christmas story aloud from the Bible. Attend watch night or candle-light service. View Christmas lights about town. Let kids open one gift (such as pajamas). Hang stockings. Serve eggnog or wassail. Is there room in your inn? Tradition from Mexico. Go door …

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Christmas Traditions: Family Activities

Create memories by doing special family activities each year. Start a large jig-saw puzzle at the beginning of the season. See if you can finish before New Year’s Day. Visit Santa. Write Santa. Read a story aloud each evening. Add a new storybook to your collection each year. Watch a Christmas video. View Christmas lights about town. Make a Christmas tree …

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Christmas Traditions: Decorating

Start some family traditions centered around decorating. Pick one or more of the following ideas. Family Collections Start a collection of angels, Nativity sets, Bells, Nutcrackers, Plates, Music Boxes, Cookie Cutters, Teddy Bears, Christmas Books, Father Christmas, Candles, etc. Add a new piece to the collection every year. Decorating the Tree – Serve same menu every year. Your choice from …

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St. Patrick’s Day Symbols and Blessings

St. Patrick's Day Symbols

Here is some common St. Patrick’s Day symbols to explore and perhaps do some of the fun stuff listed below each. St. Patrick’s Day symbols–Leprechauns Near a misty stream in Ireland in the hollow of a tree Live mystical, magical leprechauns who are clever as can be With their pointed ears, and turned up toes and little coats of green …

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Shamrock Cookies

shamrock cookies

  LeAnn R. Ralph is the author of the book, Christmas in Dairyland (True Stories from a Wisconsin Farm). She is working on her next book, Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam. To read sample chapters, other Rural Route 2 stories and to sign up for the free monthly e-mail newsletter, Rural Route 2 News, visit — …

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Stuff Crafts

St. Patrick's Day Fun Thing

Some fun and simple activities you can do with your kids for St. Patrick’s Day. Substitute other items if you don’t have what is called for. St. Patrick’s Day Pot-of-Gold Wind-sock Oatmeal box or plastic ice cream bucket with the bottom cut off (done by parent) Black paper or paint Green paper or paint Crepe paper or plastic tape in …

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Think Green

by Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes Together: Creating Family Traditions This month, our theme is Think Green. Spring is just around the corner. Even though there is still snow on the ground in many parts of the country, here in the South our daffodils have already begun to bloom. You too, can enjoy a little bit of spring …

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8 No Sew Kid Halloween Costumes

You want to make a costume for a child for Halloween, but you aren’t a seamstress. Never fear, here are some cute no sew kid Halloween costumes!  Get out your glue gun and create. Race Car Driver A real simple costume to make using a jogging suit, a cap, and some tape.  Find instructions at Real Simple. Jail Bird Isn’t …

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20+ places to donate your stuff

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Where do you donate your stuff? Cleaning out your storage or getting ready to move has left you with a stack of items you want to donate. With  HeroSearch.org, you can search for local charities that need the items you want to give away. You can also call local charities to see what items they will accept. Please read and follow the charity’s guidelines when …

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