Holiday Inn and White Christmas

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As someone who enjoys a wide variety of music, it should be of no real surprise that I enjoy many musicals.  Pair in my love of holiday films and there’s no question that I’d love to watch Holiday Inn and White Christmas.   Holiday Inn has been a favorite of mine for years.  I love [Read On]

Humbug, a Christmas Carol

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We love to read and Christmas stories are a favorite in our house.   Today I wanted to share about a new one titled Humbug, A Christmas Carol by Lee Baker.   Synopsis: Winterton is a frozen town with frozen hearts and frozen people. A magical humbug that attracts the magical reindeer of Santa is [Read On]

Remembering Saint Nicholas Today

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Today is the Feast day for Saint Nicholas and in different parts of the world children are celebrating.  Our family did not have this as a special day when either Mr. O or I were growing up and we haven’t instituted it in our household either.  Although, there was one year P asked if he’d [Read On]

Saint Nicholas Around the World

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When preparing a post about remembering Saint Nicholas, I thought it might be fun to do a post with Pinterest pins of Saint Nicholas around the world. By no means is this inclusive, just some of the many images I found and love.     Source: stnicholascenter.org via Laura on Pinterest     Source: stnicholascenter.org [Read On]

Peanuts Holiday Collection on Blu Ray

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When you think about the different holiday shows you watched as a child, which ones jump to mind the quickest?  If you are like me, one of the very first ones thought about would be Charlie Brown.   You can now get the entire Peanuts Holiday Collection on Blu-ray for your viewing enjoyment at the [Read On]

Holiday Movie Fix Time!

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In case someone missed me mentioning it in the past, I am a ‘sucker’ for holiday movies.  They just seem to call my name and a few tug at my heart.   I thought I’d share some of my favorites each week after checking out the schedules for the cable stations that air most of [Read On]

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland on DVD

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December has finally arrived and our house is embracing the tradition of watching holiday shows.  One that we just watched the other day (for the first time in a long time) is Frosty’s Winter Wonderland.   This classic Rankin/Bass animated show is remastered and it shows even on DVD.    Synopsis: Frosty returns with the [Read On]

Oplatki for Christmastime

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Did you know that Bethlehem means "House of Bread?"      With origins in Poland, Oplatki are simple, white wafers with a Christmas scene (e.g. the Nativity) embossed onto them. Before dinner on Christmas Eve, families gather around the table and share blessings for each other and ask for forgiveness while breaking off a small [Read On]

Advent Calendars

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One of the traditions for many families is that of the Advent Calendar.  In many ways, though, I’d say they are a way to countdown the first 24 days of December as Advent can start anywhere from November 27th through December 3rd.   I took a little ‘spin’ around Pinterest and found several interesting Advent [Read On]

FFH’s One Silent Night album

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I have to start off this post with the admission that I am a Christmas music lover.  Yes, there are some that are not so enjoyable.  But, I have found there’s way more great Christmas music out there to enjoy than I have hours in the day.   So, having the chance to check out [Read On]

Santa’s Magical Stories on DVD

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I adore Christmas shows and some of my favorites from childhood were the ones make by the team of Rankin/Bass.   Santa’s Magical Stories is a collection of holiday favorites from Warner Home Video and includes many of the Rankin & Bass classics and a few lesser known selections.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Blu-Ray

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We’re getting into the mood for the holidays a little early by reviewing some Christmas themed shows in our house. One of the shows I remember enjoying as a young child is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Warner Home Video has just released it on Blu-Ray with time to get a copy before the holidays [Read On]

Little Shepherd, review and author Q&A

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Even when we had no little ones in the house, I’ve enjoyed a good children’s book here and there.  Sometimes a story can be more compelling when written so a child can understand and illustrated to help reinforce the story being told.    Little Shepherd is the latest children’s picture book that we’ve had the [Read On]

Tiny Prints for Christmas or Holiday Cards

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October is plodding along and it will soon be time to order up any custom Christmas cards I want to have on hand for mailing. Thankfully, there are places like Tiny Prints that offer affordable options to create your own personalized cards using photos from your collection.   I paid their website a visit the [Read On]

Santa Claus House at North Pole, Alaska!

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After our brief visit to Denali National Park, we went up to Fairbanks to visit my mom’s cousin.  She hadn’t seen him in years and I’m not sure if I’d met him before then.  We ‘camped’ out at his house in the woods in a community outside of Fairbanks.  But, we also did a few [Read On]

Planning for the Holidays

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With October already well underway, it is definitely time to start planning for the holidays.  Seriously, I find that I’ll blink and be staring down Thanksgiving with Christmas just around the corner!  So, now is the time to plan it all out and make my life far less chaotic come late November and into December. [Read On]

Holiday Bliss 2010 ~ Day 28

Today I wanted to share some pictures (taken with my old cell phone camera, so not too great) of inside our church.  I wish I had taken pictures with our regular camera on Christmas Eve so you could have seen how the 3 Magi are moving through the church towards the nativity.  While it looks [Read On]

Holiday Bliss 2010 ~ Day 26

Decking the Halls (aka O’s Living Room) for the Holidays… This year we did not get a tree in the house until Christmas Eve.  Mr. O and P went and ‘harvested’ it from base late in the day on Thursday, so it sat it the heated garage overnight to acclimate.  Next year we hope to [Read On]

Holiday Bliss 2010 ~ Day 25

Merry Christmas to all our readers! May you and your families enjoy this day as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! The O’s up in Alaska

Holiday Bliss 2010 ~ Day 24

It’s Christmas Eve and everything is in a flurry of activity. I just got back from my last minute shop WITHOUT the boys. At least there’s one item going under the tree they have no idea is coming. Plus, I had to grab a roast for our Christmas dinner. Fred Meyer was more packed than [Read On]

Holiday Bliss 2010 ~ Day 23

Keeping with the thread I started yesterday, I thought I would share more about holiday movies. I do feel compelled to start off by stating “My name is Laura and I am a holiday movie addict.” Yes, if we had the Hallmark Channel coming into the house, I would be drawn to the TV like [Read On]

iCaughtSanta.com Review & Giveaway!

Just in time for Christmas, I’ve got a neat online product to share about…. iCaughtSanta.com!  For those families that have Santa in their holiday celebrations, there is always the child who wants to catch Santa in the act.  I know that I wanted to see him (and did stay up late one Christmas Eve and [Read On]

Holiday Bliss ~ Day 20

Today I wanted to share about our homeschool group’s "Happy Birthday, Jesus!" party. It was last Friday afternoon. D, J and I went..albeit a little late. We missed the short nativity play that was done by several of the younger kids. But, we arrived in time to sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus and partake of [Read On]

Holiday Bliss 2010 ~ Day 12

What holiday season with little ones would be complete without a visit to Santa? While we did NOT get up to North Pole to see Santa, we did see one of his ‘helpers’ at a small party this past week.   The older boys only went over so they could have some cookies.  J’s wasn’t too [Read On]

Holiday Bliss 2010 ~ Day 9

Today is another busy day out of the home, so this post will be quick. On Monday, I went to a homeschool support group meeting on base.  We had a guest speaker come talk about finding our focus for the holidays and trying to keep the stress level down.  There’s a TON I can share [Read On]

Little Star, a review

With the holidays upon us, I am pulling out all the books, movies and music that make it all special.   We’ve already had instrumental Christmas music playing during school and will most likely begin watching favorite holiday shows we own on DVD or tape. Now we have a new book that provides a different take [Read On]

Race a Camel for Christmas Season Fun

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared about a few printable products from Python Printable Products.  This next one we were sent to review is titled Camel Race Bible Trivia Questions Game.  I am hopeful that this will provide entertainment for the boys while reinforcing learning of the Bible.  (Homeschoolers, can you just see something [Read On]

Trying a New Christmas Tradition ~ Oplatki!

Okay, I’ll admit it…… Last year’s Christmas was more lame than usual. Of course, having movers arrive just 2 days after Christmas to pack us out probably contributed to the lameness.  So, this year I’m already thinking about ways to make THIS Christmas a bit more special and keep the focus on Christ. I’d seen [Read On]

Cub Scout Pack 444 Christmas Party

This past Thursday night, the Cub Scout Pack had their Christmas party/ Pack meeting. Between all the activities (cookie making, picture frame construction, caroling, and word search) and the skits, the meeting went for almost 2 hours. It was bittersweet for us as it is the last time we’ll be with the Pack. Webelos 1 [Read On]

Fun at a District Wide Tiger Cub Christmas Party

Last Friday night, the older boys and I had some much needed time out of the house. After leaving a well fed Little J in his dad’s care, we headed to a Christmas party for all the Tiger Cubs and their families for the entire Cecil District. I honestly think P and R came along [Read On]