Monday, December 15, 2014

Simple & Frugal Christmas

I like to keep Christmas Simple and frugal. We spend a lot of time at home doing things as a family like watching Christmas movies, making gingerbread houses, making token gifts, and baking cookies. We have spend a lot of time volunteering as a family but after burning ourselves out over several years volunteering over 40 hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas we decided to cut back. I prefer to give small token gift like baked cookies, homemade candy, or a small crafts during the month of December to people. Frugal Luxuries

I’m sharing a few links to previous posts I have written about Thanksgiving and Christmas. You will see a common theme in my posts "Do the holidays-NOT BUY the holidays!"

You may be interested my label Celebrating the Seasons were all my holiday post are located.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Clutter Busting Challenge December 2014 Part 1

I was suppose to be taking a break from purging this month. It seems that I just can't stop myself. LOL Once you make it a habit it's ingrained into you. This is everything I've collected since the 1st of the month. I don't count normal trash. I do count items when I do a big food purge of things that have been around awhile. I'm purging 150 items so far this month.

My purge pile this week:

Bra, books, and food.

My step-dad's clothes.

Grocery bags and gloves.

Frozen Food.


More frozen food.


Food and miscellaneous. I bought 2 banana boxes for $10 each at the Ding-N- Dents Grocery Outlet. They sell food that is close to expiration. The $10 boxes are their last attempt to sell.  I've bought a few over the years but it had been over a year since I had bought them. These are the things that I didn't want.

DVD cases.

Christmas stuff.

Shower stuff.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Baking for the Holidays

I love to bake. I try to be realistic with how much I can do. I like to give cookie plates to family and friends. There are a lot of people who don't bake and appreciate homemade cookies. I make candies too. I'm the first in 3 generations to bake or be into homemaking. My grandmother, mother, and neither sisters bake desserts of any kind. They really never did any holiday fun or traditions accept Christmas dinner and gifts. I'm not sure where it comes from but I'm the creative one in the family.  I prefer homemade rather than buying packaged.

It has saved us a good deal of money over the years to make our meals and dessert homemade. There were years raising our kids that our holiday budget was very small. If I hadn't been creative we would have done without many extras. I learned to make our fun all year, along with at the holidays instead of spending it. I'm thankful!

We usually premake cookie dough in October, and bake some each week starting in the middle of November. My young adult children all have fond memories of making cookies, candies, and other holiday desserts. We do make less since we are all watching our weight. Baking is just one of the frugal fun things we enjoy doing together.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Give This Christmas Away

Our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13

Once again this Christmas season at the very center of our celebrating we are opening our hearts to worship and giving outside of ourselves. 

We are baking. We are cooking. We are buying. We are giving. We are wrapping. We are delivering. But we are doing these things for other people. We are serving. What a blessing it is to focus our time and energy on others.

People are always more important than things. Sounds simple. Simple to say. Simple to repeat. Not so simple to live out...especially in a season that tends to focus on me-me-me and not Him-Him-Him.
I challenge you to simplify - even here at the holidays. What this means will look different for each family, but as Christmas draws close, I urge you to make this season less about things. Make it less about you. Make it less about your kids (gasp!). Make it more about Him. Make it more about others. Be intentional about setting aside time for your family to worship together whether at church or around your tree.  Immerse yourselves in numerous opportunities to give of your time, talent, and treasures. I believe that approaching the holidays this way is the key to a truly Merry Christmas.

 "Give This Christmas Away" by Matthew West

Saturday, November 29, 2014

November 2014 Reading List

Hope Springs Series by Lynne Hinton
Friendship Cake 
Hope Springs
Forever Friends
Christmas Cake
Wedding Cake 

A Quaker Christmas Collection
A Crossroads of Love by Lauralee Bliss
Simple Gifts by Ramona Cecil
Pirate of My Heart by Rachael Phillips
Equally Yoked by Claire Sanders

Friday, November 28, 2014

Clutter Busting Challenge November 2014 Part 4

I've purged 100 items this month. I really didn't think I'd make it to that many items. My purging the homeschool books was what helped get to that total.

My purge pile this week: