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A TCK Perspective: An Advent Tradition

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On the first night of Advent, my mother laughed and requested a flashlight. The single candle wasn’t bright enough for her to read from our devotional. Every night afterwards the light grew brighter and brighter. My heart longed for the final candle, Jesus’ candle, to be lit. On Christmas night, it is hard to describe […]

Peppermint Rock Candy

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I remember one Christmas my grandmother showed up to our house with 20 different flavors of homemade rock candy. I think she must of bought every extract on the baking aisle and spent days making candy. Since that Christmas, rock candy, especially peppermint rock candy, gives me a dose of Christmas nostalgia. And this candy […]

Homemade Eggnog

Several days ago, I shared a chai hot chocolate recipe and mentioned how it would have to become a Christmas drink tradition, much like our homemade eggnog. A friendly reader asked if I might be willing to share THAT recipe and I thought to myself, “What a perfect excuse to go ahead and make some […]

‘Tis the Season for Chai Hot Chocolate

I remember the day I sipped on some of the best hot chocolate I had ever tasted. I was still living in America and I was at one of my favorite coffee shops (side note: the owners had also lived abroad for quite some time). I noticed they had a new item on the menu: chai […]

Our First Christmas Overseas

I didn’t even have one Christmas ornament. We didn’t have a tree or stockings or anything even resembling a manger scene. We lived in an area that did not celebrate Christmas, and did not have any stores that sold Christmas stuff. It was a pretty dismal year. We had to use pillowcases for our kid’s […]

The Perfect Pancake with Homemade Good-Enough Syrup

I find it presumptuous when I run across a pin on Pinterest claiming that this is the “best ever {insert food name}”.  Then, if you make it and it’s far from the “best ever”…it’s devastating.  Well, maybe that is a little bit of exaggeration but it is annoying.  Just know that I wouldn’t make any claim about food that […]

A Christmas Tradition + Flash Giveaway!

This Giveaway has ended! Congratulations to Becky T, an expat in Haiti for winning! Looking for something to make that Christmas away from “home” more meaningful and fun for your little people? Leading up to Christmas with Advent activities is the way my family and I have found to make our holiday memorable and fun. […]