“As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy Ready or not, Thanksgiving Week is under way. The grocery stores are ridiculously crowded (now is not the time to run out of coffee), families are gearing up […]Read more "Thanksgiving Fun for the Whole Family"
When we think of ballet at its best, The Nutcracker almost always dances through our heads. Children across the world have been delighted by this fanciful Christmas ballet, and countless ballet companies have performed the work. Of course, what child doesn’t dream of toys that come to life, and wouldn’t be thrilled at the thought […]Read more "T: Tchaikovsky, “The Nutcracker,” and Holiday Magic"
Merry Christmas! From Our Family to Yours…Read more "Wordless Wednesday – A Christmas Greeting"
I was marrying the wrong man. Part of me had always known. Michael was handsome and successful… almost too perfect. He was also completely self-absorbed and – well – completely wrong. But I knew the moment I opened the gift from Jake, my harebrained friend since preschool. It wasn’t just a new Christmas […]Read more "Flash Friday – “Captive Set Free”"
As families grow larger, buying Christmas gifts for everyone can become increasingly complicated – not to mention expensive! In our home, we’ve found a way to simplify Christmas and keep the story of Christ at the center of it all – including the gifts! When Janelle and I first got married, a middle-aged woman […]Read more "Simplifying Christmas: Giving as the Wise Men Did"
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” Laura Ingalls Wilder A Word of Thanks from the Editor Dear Writing Companions, What a joy it has been to celebrate Christmas with each […]Read more "Christmas Memories Giveaway – Winners!"
The annual Christmas Giveaway here at The Artistic Christian is about to come to a close. Contestants must turn in their entries by midnight (CST) on Monday, December 15 to participate. What Do I Have To Do? It’s as simple as pumpkin pie! Just write down your favorite Christmas memory and share […]Read more "3 Days Left to Win This Free Book!"
As we waltz into the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I think it’s time to celebrate – blogger style! As we gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’m sure we’ll relive old memories while making brand new ones that will last us a lifetime. What Is Your Favorite Christmas Memory? Share […]Read more "Christmas Memories Giveaway!"
Allow me to introduce you to the amazing, never before seen Curious George mini-pumpkin! (Courtesy of my two-year-old son…) Here’s one side of my Batman pumpkin… sadly, this bat almost flew away (had to hold it down with toothpicks…) And here’s the other side of my Batman pumpkin. The kids weren’t too impressed, but […]Read more "Wordless Wednesday – Pumpkin Carving Fun!"