Christmas - Celebrating Family

Lights of the World (Phoenix)

My family and I were recently invited to a sneak peek of the Phoenix Lights of the World destination. This dazzling display of lights and lanterns is open now in Phoenix and it is here for your enjoyment through February 3, 2019! Lights of the World is the largest light and lantern show in North America with […]

Fun and Ugly Christmas Sweaters (Plus a Giveaway!)

Every one loves Christmas sweaters! See what UglyChristmasSweater.com has to offer and enter for a chance to win your own ugly Christmas sweater.  I live in the desert and so sometimes it can be hard to get into the Christmas spirit. There is a zero percent chance of a white Christmas and the coldest it gets […]

50 Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas (That Are Not Candy)

We have four stockings hanging up in our home: one for each kiddo and one for mom and dad. As much as I love Christmas presents, I have to admit that I prefer the stocking. It is a consistent childhood memory and there is just something about a whole bunch of fun little things all […]

Southwestern Wreath – Christmas in the Desert

I have spent almost every Christmas of my life in the desert. I have dreamed of a white Christmas but that just is not going to happen in the Valley of the Sun. But I still love the holly, ivy, and evergreens of Christmastime. I still love the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree […]

Simple DIY Christmas Ornaments

My kiddos and I had a great time making Christmas ornaments this weekend. It was fun and surprisingly easy. The kiddos were engaged in creativity and it really put us in the Christmas mood. I was given some fun Crayola products to try out and we opted to focus on the Model Magic crafting clay. […]

10 Fun and Unique Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Since we use the Three Kings Method of Christmas gift giving, we like to stuff our stockings with a lot of little and interesting things. Because our gifts focus on the meaning of Christmas, we like to have fun with our stockings and you never know what you will find stuffed in those big red […]

25 Holiday Desserts

I am currently in the middle of a sugar fast so posting this list of scrumptious holiday desserts is an exercise in temptation. The holiday season is one time of the year that I do indulge, however, this year I am going to try to make better choices. For instance, instead of eating every dessert […]

Vegetarian Holiday Appetizers and Side Dishes

I love the holiday season because it is designed for spending time with family, giving thanks to God, and acting with compassion to those we love and those in need. But let’s face it, many of us also love the holiday season because of the food! I have been a vegetarian for most of the […]

Christmas Marshmallow Pops {Around My Family Table}

Today’s post is by one of my best friends, Wendy from Around My Family Table. She is a master in the kitchen, a good friend, and a source of inspiration to everyday cooks everywhere. Thanks for sharing this fun idea here on Celebrating Family, Wendy! When Janice asked me to create a holiday treat for her site, I couldn’t […]

Chill With Marie Callender’s Peppermint Pie

This has been a crazy busy month at my house and I am sure yours is the same. I hosted Thanksgiving and it was fun and rewarding.  I saved a little time in the kitchen by grabbing a Marie Callender’s Peppermint Pie from the store. I usually like to make my pies from scratch but I also wanted to keep my sanity. Marie Callender’s has an awesome reputation […]

Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles {See Vanessa Craft}

I was so happy when Vanessa agreed to guest post for Celebrating Family. She is always creating wonderful things and I just knew she would come up with something fun to share with you. Enjoy this post and then click over to her blog to see some of her other creations. Hello Celebrating Family readers! I’m Vanessa from See […]

Two Fun and Meaningful Ways to Reduce Christmas Present Overload

A few years ago my husband and I became discouraged at how materialistic Christmas was becoming. Not just just in society at large, but also in our own home so we decided to make some changes. I heard some moms discussing  several things they had done to get the number of presents they were giving to their children under control. Two of the ideas these […]