Christmas Planning

Don’t let the holidays get you overwhelmed! Check out these great resources to help stay on top of holiday planning.

Cruising Through the Holidays by Flylady – Includes clutter-free gift ideas, the Holiday Control Journal, Holiday Cruising Missions, and more

Christmas Organizing website – Christmas Organizing believes that a more memorable Christmas season can be accomplished through Journaling, Organizing and Yearly Planning (also known as J.O.Y.)

Christmas Countdown – from the editor of; a guide to control Christmas chaos, cut holiday stress and get organized for the holiday season

Christmas on a Budget

Between high gas prices and consumers’ fears of a financial squeeze, it seems as if a nice Christmas is out of the picture this year. Not so says Tawra Kellam, editor of . To prove it, here are a few of her ideas from to help make Christmas memorable without breaking the bank! Go Potluck! You buy the turkey — Have everyone else bring the side dishes and drinks. Turkeys in our area are .39/lb this time of year. If you buy just the turkey, it will only cost you about $5-$10 to feed ... [Read More...]

FREE Christmas Dinner Menu Plans

We have two free Christmas dinner plans for you, one from the Busy Mom Menu and one from the Frugal Mom Menu. Just click the images to download the dinner menus plans. Enjoy! [Read More...]

Christmas Bills

Menus4Moms With the holidays right around the corner, we often hear the familiar refrains of our favorite Christmas carols and seasonal music. But too many of us tend to sing different words to the familiar tune of Jingle Bells: Dashing to the mall, In a light blue mini-van, Stashing all our loot, Behind the garbage can. We think the kids need more, ‘Tho their closest’s full of junk, Then someone sends unneeded things We’ll just stow into a trunk! Ohhhhhhhhhhh……. Christmas bills! Christmas bills! For Christmas we must pay! See all of our Christmas bills Still here on New Year’s Day!….. Hey??!!! Christmas bills! Christmas bills! We can’t pay today…. We have so many Christmas bills, There’s got ... [Read More...]

Holiday Timetable

Menus4Moms: 12 Week Holiday Planner by Marilyn Moll, co-author of The 12 Week Holiday Planner For many of us, planning Christmas festivities such as shopping, cooking, baking, gift making, and hospitality can automatically cause a great degree of anxiety. We at The Urban Homemaker don’t advocate complicated or expensive holiday celebrations, and wish to encourage your family to focus on the true meaning of the holiday season. To do so while making preparations for the upcoming holidays, this twelve-week simplified timetable could be used as a checklist and is designed to be flexible in order to assist you. Remember, the timetable is merely a suggestion; rearrange, ... [Read More...]

Peppermint Brownie Trifle

Menus4Moms: Peppermint Brownie Trifle Looking for a delicious Christmas dessert to grace your table? Look no further — this fantastic chocolate and mint trifle is perfect for a sweet finish to a large meal. Because it is made with tiny bite-sized portions of brownies mixed in with fluffy pudding and whipped cream, it is light enough that your guests will enjoy it without feeling overly full. Look for this yummy trifle in our Busy Mom Menu Christmas dinner menu plan to be published this month. To make beautiful layers, pipe the pudding mixture layers with an icing decorating bag, or if you don’t have one ... [Read More...]

Free Christmas Dinner Menu Plan

Menus4Moms: Roasted Cornish Hens with Wild Rice Stuffing Looking for Christmas dinner menu ideas? Look no further – Menus4Moms has a full Christmas dinner menu planned for you. We gave you a sneak peek at the fantastic Christmas dessert from the menu, now here is the full Christmas dinner menu plan. Your table will be beautiful with these delicious Cornish hens over wild rice, green beans with bacon, and festive cranberry pecan salad. Candied sweet potatoes and homemade drop biscuits round out the meal, and pecan pie complements the Peppermint Brownie Trifle. Enjoy! Recipes are below, but you can download the Christmas Dinner Menu PDF file which includes all of ... [Read More...]

Christmas Wassail

Menus4Moms: Christmas Wassail Recipe Christmas wassail is a holiday tradition in our house. We like to keep a pot of wassail on the stove or in the crockpot while we are decorating the tree or entertaining. The Christmas wassail recipe below is one version that we have used but wassail has many variations. There is not a single specific recipe that I use for wassail — I tend to vary what I put into it from year to year and I rarely measure anything. Our most recent version omits the tea and cranberry juice but adds pineapple juice. The constants for us are apple ... [Read More...]

Christmas Dinner Menu

Chocolate Hazelnut Pound Cake Christmas Dinner Notes: 1. This menu should serve 8-10 adults plus smaller children comfortably. If you have growing teens, big appetites, or more people, I suggest doubling several of the side dishes and cooking a larger ham. 2. Several of these dishes can be made ahead and refrigerated until time to bake. They are marked with ***. 3. There is no need to add any liquid to the ham. It will make its own juices. Baste the ham with its own juices as it cooks. 4. The size of the ham you buy will depend on the number of guests you are having and how ... [Read More...]

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