Tis The Season For Christmas Cookies

Does anyone else feel like last week was the calm before the holiday storm? The week started off calmly, but by the end of the weekend I was exhausted from starting to get ready for Christmas.

Christmas Tree

Decorate tree – check!

The highlight of my weekend was my annual bake-a-thon. This was our 18th year of getting together for a day of baking Christmas cookies and catching up. No matter how much we prepare in advance it still takes all day, but we don’t mind. Continue reading

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It’s Time For The Ultimate Coffee Date–And Cookies!

Welcome to the December edition of the Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up, where we imagine that we are getting together for coffee or tea (or egg nog?) and share what’s going on in our lives. It’s a chance to get to know each other better and support each other in all our endeavors. Since it’s no fun to have coffee alone, make sure you leave comments on other blogs in the link up, and don’t forget to visit my co-host Deborah at Confessions Of A Mother Runner.

The Ultimate Coffee Date

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Five Great Gifts For Runners

It’s that time of year, when people are making their holiday gift lists and checking them twice, and hoping that they end up on Santa’s nice list. This week’s Friday Five 2.0 theme is Five Items You’d Buy All Over Again, so I’m sharing five favorite items that would make greats gift for runners. 

Five Great Gifts For Runners

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Wrapping Up Thanksgiving Weekend And Looking Forward To Giving Tuesday

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, whether it was a quiet meal at home, a large family gathering, or a friendsgiving with the people you really wanted to spend time with. 🙂 For the first time in ages I didn’t have to work over the long weekend. While I ended up giving my credit card more of a workout than I intended, I was careful to set some funds aside for Giving Tuesday.

Thanksgiving Weekend and Giving Tuesday
I’m wrapping up my Thanksgiving weekend and looking ahead to Giving Tuesday for the Weekly Wrap Link Up hosted by Holly and Tricia. Check it out to see how others spent the holiday–and their holiday budget. Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Prayer For Advent

While the secular world began preparing for Christmas a few days ago with Black Friday sales, today many Christians will begin preparing for Christmas by celebrating the first Sunday of Advent. This holiday season I am focusing on maintaining an attitude of gratitude, even after all the leftover turkey has been eaten and the last slice of pie has been devoured. 

Thanksgiving Prayer

Remembering all I have to be thankful for will make it easier to focus on the reason for the season and resist the pressure to want more. I think the prayer of general Thanksgiving from the Episcopalian Book of Common Prayer is a good place to start. Continue reading

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