Early Combo Pack Holiday Giveaway in Celebration of the Movie, “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” Released November 22nd!

 

 

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The holidays have arrived! What sweeter way to kick it off than with the brand new movie, “The Man Who Invented Christmas, “ hitting theaters, November 22nd! If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the Christmas season then pack up the kids, get some hot cocoa and head to a theater near you to watch the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from, “A Christmas Carol.” The film shows how Charles Dickens mixed real-life inspirations with his imagination to create timeless characters that led to the beloved story that became a Christmas favorite. You’ll enjoy the stellar cast that includes Christopher Plummer from The Sound of Music and  Dan Stevens from Beauty and the Beast and Downton Abbey in this delightful upcoming family movie.

I’m especially looking forward to this movie because The Christmas Carol is literally one of our favorite movies. In our family, it is a tradition for us to see the Muppets Chrismas Carol at our favorite movie house. I let her see it in her jammies than afterward we get hot chocolate and drive around the neighborhood looking at Christmas light and listening to carols.

One of our other traditions is giving to a cause such as Operation Christmas Child through the Samaritans Purse. It’s a wonderful way to teach our children about the sweetness of giving. If you’re looking for an opportunity to give back check out their ministry.

Okay here is the really cool part! Thanks to Grace Hill Media I have a fantastic giveaway for you Christmas Lovers!

You Can Win Not One…Not Two…But a Three DVD Combo Pack!

It’s a Perfect Combo to Add to Your Christmas Collection!

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Enter to Win by November 22nd!

Simply leave a comment letting me know your favorite Christmas movie!

Take a sneak peek at the Behind Scenes of  The Man Who Invented Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Traditions! Day 1

Traditions don’t only make the holidays special, but they create the memories you and your family will cherish for years to come! In the next 12 days I’ll be posting some fun traditions you may want to try with your family and friends! Check out Day 1 and have a holly jolly Christmas!

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My Groupon Christmas Gift Pick!

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Photo Credit-American Laser Crafts From Qualtry

I’m so on this Groupon Deal! These Personalized Serving Boards from American Laser Crafts From Qualtry are adorable and the perfect Christmas gift. Here’s the best part, look at the price!

Choose from Three Options

  • $5 for one personalized handled serving board ($29.99 value)
  • $9 for two personalized handled serving boards ($59.98 value)
  • $13 for three personalized handled serving boards ($89.97 value)

I’m not sure when this deal expires, so if you’re interested I would totally hope on it! I’m already thinking of who I’ll be sending them too this year.

Visit Groupon for This Deal Here’s the Direct Link: https://www.groupon.com/deals/american-laser-crafts-4437-amarillo

Kick Out the Case of The Christmas Gimmes in Your Kids! 4 Ways for Kids to Show the Christmas Spirit of Giving!

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Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, but it’s been known to bring about a terrible case of the gimme’s in children. Who hasn’t heard,”Give me this, give me that, I want, I want…Please!” So, how do we kick the gimmes out of our home and the entitlement attitude that goes along for the ride? I believe it is a two step process and both steps start with us being intentional. First, in actions and words we need to relay to our kids why we’re celebrating Christmas. Secondly, we spend time reflecting on who Jesus was as a servant and initiate discussions on how we can  imitate his love through our actions, words, and heart.

Instead of focusing on the gift receiving, encourage your children to be gift givers. Now, this doesn’t mean spending money or getting fancy, but by doing simple meaningful acts to show their gratitude to  and for others.

Here are some ideas to get them off the gimme track and onto the giving path!

  • Cards and Words Gratitude: Encourage them write personal notes/cards of gratitude to their grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, friends, teachers or anyone whose important to them. If your kids have the gift of gab, let them create a video to send to loved ones! Tell them to be creative and have fun!
  • Gifts of Service: Instead of spending money on gifts for their siblings or for you, ask them to give a gift of service. Maybe it is shoveling snow for the neighbor or taking a chore for the week from a sibling, basically anything that is service oriented would work!
  • Volunteer During the Holiday: Research and compile a  list of volunteer opportunities that are age appropriate and have them choose one to pursue. For example, many nursing homes welcome children’s visits year round.
  • Encourage Your Kids to Throw a Party: Allow them to invite friends over for hot chocolate, cookies and movies, but the catch is everyone brings a toy for a Christmas Donation that will go to a shelter. Mom. make sure you hand the reigns over so that they take on the role of party planner.

These are just four simple ways to bring back the giving aspect of Christmas that can easily become overshadowed by the constant push of our culture’s consumerism attitude during a season that’s supposed to reflect the love of Christ, not how many gifts we can fit under the tree. Ask your kids to come up with ideas as well to inspire them to get into the spirit of service! I’m sure you’ll be blown away by their generosity!