Christmas

Chocolate Coconut Bark | Roots & Boots

Chocolate Coconut Bark

This easy, no bake chocolate coconut bark is the perfect holiday treat and also makes a great gift!

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How to Do a Family Christmas Countdown

37 Ideas for Your Family Christmas Countdown

By year three of our Family Christmas Countdown, it had already become a firmly established tradition. Our oldest son, then six, talked about it all year long.  I guess when you’re six, a three-year-old tradition adds up to half your life, and all of your remember-able life.

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12 Family Christmas Read Alouds | Roots & Boots

12 Family Christmas Read Alouds

December is such a cozy time of year, perfect for a family Christmas read aloud.  Or two.  Or twelve!  And if your family has yet to discover the magical tradition of family read alouds, this holiday season is the perfect time to start.

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How to Start a Jesse Tree Advent Tradition | Roots & Boots

How to Start a Jesse Tree Advent Tradition

A few years ago we decided to start a Jesse Tree advent tradition and it’s become one of our favorite parts of the Christmas season.

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Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Traditions: Family Memories on the Tree

O Christmas Tree A favorite Christmas tradition for many families is decorating the tree.  I get sort of nostalgic thinking back over the evolution of my family’s collection of ornaments, hodgepodged together over the years…

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A Different Kind of Christmas Catalog

Samaritan’s Purse: A Different Kind of Christmas Catalog

Do your kids like to look through the toy catalogs that appear en masse in the mail box at this time of the year?  While most Christmas catalogs are pure commercial marketing pitches aimed at our kids, this is one catalog you’ll want your children to pour over.

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Amazing Grace

Merry Christmas from the Yankee Homestead

Merry Christmas from the Yankee Homestead! It’s not possible, for various reasons, to invite each of you to our home during this holiday season, so I thought I’d bring our home to you. Today’s post is a mini-tour of our Christmas cheer.  Some of our decorations didn’t even make it out of their boxes this…

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Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

One of our Christmas Countdown activities every year is {of course} baking Christmas cookies.  This year, the boys really wanted to make gingerbread cookies.  So we used this trusty recipe, and they turned out great!

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The Sounding Joy: Christmas Music for Families

My Yankee Homestead family absolutely loves good folk music. (Are you tired of listening to children’s music that makes you want to bang your head against a wall?  Check out some of our favorite albums Favorite Folk Albums for Family Listening, Another Great Folk Album for Families and Two Favorite Folk Singers.) If you’ve followed along here…

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Decorating with old silver trays

Trash to Treasure: Decorating with Old Silver Trays

  I love to repurpose beautiful and interesting pieces in unexpected ways.  I also love easy projects.  Here’s a perfect combination of all of the above! These trays make charming Christmas decor for your home, or as a gift for a friend.  And the possibilities are endless!  Change up the words to display your last…

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