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Category: Holidays & Traditions (page 1 of 5)

Holidays & traditions, and the gifts that go along with them. We provide lots of creative gift ideas, but more than that we’re interested in using this space to explore the holidays themselves and the traditions we associate with them.

Hopefully you come away inspired to begin new traditions with your family. Maybe you’ll start Jolabokaflod, which is our favorite book-related holiday tradition, or perhaps you’ll looking for new Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions that Children Love.

You may want to incorporate more plain-old-fashioned fun and joy into your Christmas activities. In that case, here are 15 Joyous Christmas Traditions to start with your family this upcoming holiday season.

We’re interested in everything that relates to gift giving, so watch for more upcoming articles on the meaning and development of various holidays and their associated traditions. And of course, we will always include creative and unique gift ideas to go along with every holiday and celebratory occasion.

Halloween Evangelism: 13 Ways to Honor Christ & Love Your Neighbors

How do we Christians honor Christ and love our neighbors on Halloween?

More specifically, on a day when our neighbors are literally coming to our door and asking for gifts – what we might call “grace” – what is the best way to display the Greatest Gift of all?

That’s right, I’m talking about Halloween evangelism.

Halloween Evangelism

How can we ignore our call to share the good news on a night when our all-American culture of privacy and neighborly insulation is set aside? Are we called to disappoint kids by handing out tracts instead of candy, or hold them hostage while we make a presentation, or make up cutesy candy bags with tags that say, “Jesus is the best treat of all,” or should we try to show love in deed only but not in words?

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How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a Christian Holiday

As Christians, how do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Nowadays it seems the green-themed Irish holiday is simply a time for corned beef and cabbage followed by drunken revelry. But as Christians, we know there is much more to life than that, and we have even better reasons to celebrate.

In fact, we have a blank check for celebrating, and should be ready to party at just about any excuse. Read more

33 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Gifts, Favors, & Decor Ideas

The countdown to Saint Patrick’s Day has begun! Of course, we know this countdown always begins the day after St. Paddy’s Day at #364, so we’re talking about up to a whole year of preparation. Hopefully that is enough time to plan and pull of a legendary ol’ fashioned Irish bash, but if you’re in need of some inspiration we are here to help. Read more

15 Joyous Christmas Traditions to Start in 2017

CHRISTMAS MEANS TRADITION

Christmas is a holiday steeped in tradition. Rooted in the religious traditions of the Christian church, the popularity of the many holiday practices surrounding Christmas have taken on a life of their own in much of the Western world. Read more

Jolabokaflod: Every Bookworm’s New Favorite Christmas Tradition

Jolabokaflod is Iceland’s national holiday tradition. Loosely translated as “Christmas Book Flood,” Jolabokaflod is a practice where everyone gives books on Christmas Eve, then spends the rest of the evening curled up somewhere cozily reading those books. Read more

Organic Christmas Wreaths for the 2017 Holidays

Organic Christmas Wreaths combine contemporary sensibilities with classic tradition in a manner that is eco-friendly and sustainable. Read more

Tired of drawing names for the family gift exchange? Try one of these 39 ingenious alternative gift exchange ideas

Tired of drawing names for the family gift exchange? Try one of these 39 ingenious alternative gift exchange ideas.

Drawing names for the family gift exchange… again… *sigh*

Your family is too big to get everyone a Christmas gift, and it’s been that way for quite some time. So long, in fact, that everyone is pretty much bored to death of the ol’ “drawing names for the family gift exchange” ordeal. So why not spice up this holiday season with something a little more clever, a little more affordable, a little more fun, a little more meaningful, or even a little more… tricksy? Hmmmm….. sounds intriguing. Read on! Read more

Counting Down the 10 Best Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Looking for some last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts? No worries, we got you covered. Read more

Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions that Children Love

We love Christmas so much at our house. All the traditions, all the decorations, all the presents. Even the cheesy parts, like schmaltzy Christmas music and drinking hot cocoa by the fire. We love watching Home Alone and The Santa Clause, wearing Santa hats and listening to someone read A Christmas Carol (even if it’s just the Disney picture book version with Mickey Mouse).

We love Christmas so much because we love celebrating that Jesus came into the world to live the life we couldn’t live, die the death we should have died, and make us right with God now and forever. This is such good news (what we Christians call “the gospel”) that our family loves to do anything that makes the coming of Jesus seem as beautiful, fun, attractive, intriguing, inspiring, and awesome as it truly is.

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What Your Spouse Really Wants For A Stocking Stuffer This Christmas

Looking for a little something special to put in your spouse’s stocking this Christmas? Read more