Easy Christmas Tree Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Love these easy Christmas tree crafts for my toddler and preschooler! | IntentionalByGrace.com

During the Christmas season, I like to take a break from our regular home preschool curriculum and focus on themed activities. This week in addition to our daily Truth in the Tinsel activity, we've been having a lot of fun with Christmas trees! We put up our Advent calendar, decorated our family Christmas tree, and pulled out our felt Christmas tree for the little ones to enjoy over and over Continue Reading

Our Favorite Children’s Christmas Books to Read Aloud

25 Christmas Books to read with your children!

It's no secret that my family loves books and Christmas books are no different. Each year our collection of Christmas books grows. We discover old classics, enjoy the familiar, and laugh with the antics of the various Christmas characters we read about. This year I decided to wrap 24 Christmas books to countdown the days of Christmas. We always read stories before bed, and so every night my Continue Reading

31 Family Traditions For A More Intentional Christmas

31 Family Traditions For A More Intentional Christmas | IntentionalByGrace.com

By contributing writer, Jane Do you have any Christmas traditions in your family? Growing up, my family always drank eggnog and listened to Michael W. Smith Christmastime music while decorating the tree. We always got new pajamas on Christmas Eve (my sister and I have been known to beg for this tradition to continue even into our adult years!) And we always made sure to make my great Continue Reading

How to Have a Gingerbread House Party

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The Christmas season is the perfect time to be intentional and show hospitality by inviting people into your home. For us a gingerbread house party was just the thing! Where I live, people really tend to hibernate in the winter. Mounds and mounds and mounds of snow will do that to you. I have to work really hard not to do the same thing!  As a stay-at-home-mom, my time is limited, and with a Continue Reading

Someone Turned UNO and We Had a Party

UNO Birthday Invitations

Everyone says it, and generally, I don't like to say what everyone else says (I'm a rebel like that), but man, I can't believe my baby just turned one! It truly feels like just yesterday that we were announcing his arrival into this world. Now, here I sit, reminiscing this last year and praising God for the gift Samuel is to us. To celebrate his birthday, I wanted to have a kicking awesome Continue Reading

Jesse Tree – A Christmas Tradition

Jesse Tree Ornaments

In addition to our Advent calendar and Advent Activities, we have decided to embark on the journey of connecting the Old Testament with the New Testament through the use of the "Jesse Tree" this Christmas season. The idea of the "Jesse Tree" stems from Isaiah 11:1-2: There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Continue Reading

DIY Advent Calendar for Broke People Who Line Dry Their Clothes

DIY Advent Calendar - Intentional By Grace

Update: This post has been very popular! So I thought I would create a free printable to go along with your advent calendar! You can download your free advent activities printable here: Free Advent Activities Printable. Looking for more advent activity ideas? You can find my 2012 Advent Activities (with FREE printable) Continue Reading

An Intentional Approach to Thanksgiving: A Day of Feasting


Today, we are enjoying the gift of fellowship and food. Just as the Pilgrims celebrated God's abundant goodness and feasted on his riches during their first harvest, we are doing the same. I pray your family enjoys a day of Thanksgiving. Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving... The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me. ~Psalm 50   By the way, if you’re Continue Reading

An Intentional Approach to Thanksgiving: A Day of Fasting


Now that we have enjoyed our Mayflower and Plymouth Dinner, as well as continued adding to our Thankful Tree, we are ready for our third installment of our intentional approach to Thanksgiving. The very first Thanksgiving dinner was not a one day celebration as we celebrate it now. It was over the course a few days, which is why we, as a family, started celebrating on Tuesday with our Continue Reading

An Intentional Approach to Thanksgiving – Create a Thankful Tree

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Every year, all around the country, turkeys come out of the oven stuffed to the brim and millions of pies are baked and served piping hot. I can almost taste my grandmother's homemade pecan pie as I type. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It always has been. I have great memories of getting together with family, eating good food, and having no other purpose but to fellowship with one Continue Reading