Hopeful, Helpful Holiday Links

hopeful, helpful holiday links

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”     Helen Keller

Sharing ideas and reflections here in hopes of passing along some holiday inspiration. 




100+ non-toy gift ideas100+ Non-Toy Gifts for Toddlers to Teens 

Give real tools, out-of-the-ordinary experiences, even a giant Scrabble game. Over 100 suggestions to deepen connections and spark new ideas.


Resources for Simple Holiday Gifts & FunResources for Simple Holiday Gifts & Fun

Dozens of resources including simplified holiday traditions, DIY gift-giving, and more.


Fighting Crazed Holiday SyndromeFighting Crazed Holiday Syndrome

Five tactics to de-stress the holidays, including Shun Those Voices and renounce How Does She Do It All Disease.


aDo-Gooder Gifts: Personal As Well As Global

Clever ways to pair gifts to charity with a personal gift.




Our worst Christmas became our most memorable ChristmasOur Worst Christmas Became Our Most Memorable Christmas

Heartwarming true story with despair, secrets, delight, and some poo.


aWhat Do Your Gifts Say? 

There’s meaning embedded in our gifts. We have certain intentions as we shop, wrap, anticipate giving, and finally offer the gift. Our efforts try to say something.


Preserve the Santa myth without lyingDo You Tell The Truth About Santa?

How to preserve delight in Santa without lying to your kids.

5 thoughts on “Hopeful, Helpful Holiday Links

  1. Just wanted you to know I finally have decided I hate the pregnant pauses when I ask what the kids want for Christmas and vice versa. Clearly, stuff is no the issue. Thanks for encouraging me to take a different path.




  2. Thanks for many interesting links. I’m this kind of person who gets crazy around Christmas, so I really appreciate any kind of help. I don’t know, for me, it’s the celebration of consumerism, Black Friday heavy stuff, that makes me sick. I wish I lived to see a day when everyone would be happy to share their time with families rather than shopping on Amazon to get dirt cheap stuff made in Asian sweatshops. But there are certainly good presents, I love old book stores and their collections, I love buying used stuff and improving it, making it shine more. This is how I tell my family that I care about them.

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