How to Prepare Your Family’s Hearts and Home for the Holidays {Real Life with Lisa}


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It’s often one of the first things I’ll hear from the cashier at the check-out counter.

The response used to astonish me, but now I’ve come to expect it.

Can even laugh along now.

‘You have eight children?? Wow.  Life must be C.R.A.Z.Y. around your house during the holidays!!”

She says this to me as she’s ringing up what must seem like an unusual amount of socks.  Pajamas. Wrapping paper. And a generous supply of candy canes.

I’m not sure if I should tell her that it’s nearly always a bit “crazy” around our home and that Christmas is no different.

But it’s also surprisingly peaceful too.

And not hectic, like I could see she was imagining.

Since  there is a long line behind me, however, I don’t get into it with her and start the long explanation required.

I simply smile and wish her a Merry Christmas instead.

If you have a few minutes, I can tell you, however, while you’re wrapping those early Christmas presents.

How we prepare our home – and our  hearts  – for a joyous Christmas. How we celebrate the holidays without going crazy or broke. 

Things we do.

Things we don’t do.

And what we’ve found works really well for our family so we’re able to celebrate Christmas, focusing on the things that matter most…..


club31women_how-to-enjoy-a-stress-free-debt-free-holiday-with-your-family-this-year*This video is Part 2 of the Holiday Series: How to Enjoy A Stress-Free, Debt-Free Holiday with Your Family This Year {Real Life with Lisa}

Recommended resources for the Holidays:

club31women_25-advent-books-for-children25 Delightful Advent Books for Children

Favorite Christmas Books You May Not Have On Your Shelf12 Top Picks: Christmas Music for the Whole Family

Christmas Music for the Whole Family12 Top Picks: Christmas Music for the Whole Family

An Exciting Series for Building Strong Character in TweensOne Exciting Series for Building Strong Character in Our Tweens

Christmas Ever Thine

Ever Thine Home Christmas Collection


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

*My husband reads this book aloud every year to our family and to friends. It’s quite funny and even a bit “rough” in places, but we find the ending so redeeming that it’s worth the read. I cry (happy tears) ever single time. Available HERE.

NEXT WEEK we will continue the conversation and cover things like:

    • How can you prepare your marriage so that you are unified {and maybe even relaxed} come Christmas?

If you have another topic you’d like me to address, you can ask it here: Connect with Lisa

Thank you for joining me and sharing Real Life together! I’ll look forward to talking with you again next week!!

*I’d love to hear from you too, so please share and/or ask a question in the comments below!  I think you’ll find there’s a beautiful and supportive community here at Club31Women.

In His Grace,

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