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Raising voices, bridging divides: the benefits of singing Christmas carols


Buddy the Elf has taught us that “singing loud for all to hear” is the best way to spread Christmas cheer. And while the fictional movie character portrayed by Will Farrell might not be the…

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Pickle Planet Podcast: The Christmas Edition


Ho, Ho, Ho! Episode 30 of the Pickle Planet Podcast is here and it’s filled with jolly thoughts and seasonal ponderings to keep you company while you finish up your final preparations! Tune in and…

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Christmas Cheat Sheet


The last few days before Christmas can be a bit of a frenzy, so let us help you out with a little Christmas Cheat Sheet! These are some of our tried and true tips for…

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Scottish Pioneer Inspired New Brunswick Christmas Tree


Grab an eggnog (spiked, spiced, or lattee’d) and settle in to hear the story of my Scottish Pioneer Inspired New Brunswick Christmas Tree! Sometimes, I get ideas that are crazy. Sometimes, I share those ideas….

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Teaching Vulnerability and Creativity at Christmas


A silly tie that is so poorly sewn it’s impossible to wear. A wooden box that isn’t properly squared so it can’t actually close. Felt dolls that are falling apart from so much love. These…

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Three Simple Christmas Literacy Crafts for Preschoolers


Christmas is a great time for crafting with kids, and it’s always a bonus to sneak in a little learning, like we did with these simple, sweet Christmas Literacy Crafts that are perfect for preschoolers!…

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Our Homemade Christmas Gift Tradition


Our homemade Christmas gift tradition isn’t an attempt to save money; we often end up spending as much or more on supplies than we would a store-bought gift! And I know we could put just as much thought into a purchased gift – and that we sometimes create something homemade that is the equivalent to a last-minute desperation purchase! What I love about our homemade Christmas gift tradition is that it forces us as a family to think deeply about each other and ourselves. It helps us as parents instil the idea that the value of an object is not in its price or its perfection, but in its intent. And I’ve realized it’s teaching all of us the importance of embracing our creativity. Each year we give ourselves the opportunity to explore a skill we might not otherwise use all year – sewing, woodworking, writing, drawing, or whatever else we dream up.

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Stocking Stuffers for Little Kids


It’s that time of year again. Santa’s Mama elves are scurrying through store aisles, trying to imagine how well each item will fit in their child’s stocking. We pulled together a list of go-to ideas…

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Curried Christmas Nuts


Christmas is a tough time to be trying to stick to a meal plan! Your schedule is all off-kilter, there are rouge Advent candies tempting you, and let’s not even THINK about those cookie exchanges…

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Keeping kids away from the Christmas Tree


Christmas decorating with toddlers can be a challenge. Little hands just can’t seem to stay away – so why ask them to? We love creating a play tree, where the moving of decorations is encouraged!…

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