Posts Categorized: Holidays

Children’s Books for Advent and Christmas

Books should be part of every child’s Advent and Christmas, whether you give them as gifts, stuff them in stockings, or pile them under the tree to enjoy throughout the season. Here’s a look at some of this year’s new Advent and Christmas books for the kids on your list. Snuggle Time Christmas Stories, by…

A Thanksgiving Time Line and Cast of Characters

Brush up on your understanding of the roots of Thanksgiving Day. Does anything here surprise you? The Cast of Characters, Major and Minor Roles King James I … he’d been persecuting the Separatists because they wanted to leave the Church of England. Separatists … not to be confused with the staid and drab Puritans, who…

Fun Facts and Books about the Presidents

Did you know that • Thomas Jefferson invented the first chair that could spin around? • John Quincy Adams kept his pet alligator in a bathtub in the White House? • Theodore Roosevelt’s children once gave a pony a ride in the White House elevator? • William Howard Taft was the first president to throw…

5 Children’s Books to Brighten Winter

When Punxsutawney Phil looks around tomorrow morning, will we know how much longer winter plans to stick around? Well, probably not. But whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, a few good books can warm up winter days and help children learn more about our good God. Here are five to consider. The Wonderful…

15 Children’s Books for Valentine’s Day

“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Why not include a children’s book in your Valentine’s Day plans and purchases this year? The right book can help your child or grandchild understand more about God’s love! Here’s a list of 15 new and classic books for kids for Valentine’s Day for you…

An Advent Idea for Long-Distance Grandparents

Like all children do, our grandboys are growing fast. This year we won’t be seeing the Berg boys (ages 9, 4, and nearly 2) during the holidays, but I came up with a fun way to stay connected anyway! Tomorrow I’ll mail off the first of 25 envelopes for them to open each day. Inside…

What Does Thanksgiving Day Truly Celebrate?

Scroll through social media in November and you’ll find an abundance of thankfulness posts. So appropriate, you might think, since we’re gearing up to celebrate Thanksgiving Day here in America. But I wonder. Most of these posts express gratitude for personal blessings. Mine have too. Here’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving photos. Since 2007, I’ve…

Jesus, Halloween, and a Little Book I Wrote

Do you find Halloween unsettling? Scanning e-mail one morning a couple of years ago, I saw a link to a roundup of viewpoints about observing Halloween in Christian families. In one of the entries I found a reference to my little book Let’s Shine Jesus’ Light on Halloween. Growing up, our family went from one…

Dads, You Matter!

Did you know Father’s Day spending in the US typically runs 40 percent less than Mother’s Day spending? That could suggest that dads are less important to kids than moms. But that just isn’t true. Young, old, or in between—dads, you matter! Last month I flew to Seattle to celebrate my dad’s 90th birthday! With…

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