Monday, November 17, 2008

Homeschool Mom Tips: Christmas Shopping Guide #1

I wanted to offer to you some of my Christmas favorites as well as Christmas deals that reflect the true meaning of the Christmas and Advent season. I view this time of year as a great time for our family to reflect on why we believe what we believe and to strengthen our faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is also a good time to re-connect as a family and slow down a bit.

It is so easy for me to get caught up in my everyday busyness that I forget that Jesus Christ became man and then died on the cross for me! This awesome fact should stay with me, in the forefront of my mind all day, every day, yet I get "busy".

Below are a few Christian-themed Christmas items that I recommend to keep us focused on what is most important this Christmas.

Also, see our Educational Gift Guide 2008

Updated November 28,2008:
Everyone is in the mood for bargains this Christmas season. Here are some of my top bargain category picks from CBD:
Top 100 Christmas Gift Bargains

Kid's Bargains 50% Off

Kid's Christmas Bargains

Teens 50% Off

Some book favorites for Christmas:

Advent Devotionals

Family Christmas Books

Christmas Read-Alouds

What about gifts for the sometimes tough-to-buy-for tween set:
Tween Gifts

Preparing For Christmas

Let's start decorating and getting our hearts and homes ready for Christmas! I have chosen some of my favorites from the bestselling items in the Christian Book Distributor's catalog. There are so many that I will feature a few more in subsequent posts. And Homeschool Mom Tips downloadable, printable, interactive Christmas gifts guide will be coming soon!


Mary, Did You Know? Book and CD
has gotten rave reviews on CBD. This set will help you to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas. At just $4.99, it will also make a wonderful, inspirational gift.

Thomas Kinkade Christmas
My very favorite artist and the world's most collected artist is Thomas Kinkade. Kinkade uses his art to celebrate the message of Christmas and I appreciate him all the more for that. From Christmas cards to Christmas ornaments and tabletop Christmas trees, Kinkade's work is always bestselling at CBD around Christmas time.

A Christmas Star, Cape Light Series #9
is the latest in Kinkade's very popular Cape Light Series. Take a few moments to refresh yourself with inspirational fiction in the midst of what can be a very busy season.

Painter of Light Christmas Card Collection
contains 4 boxes of Christmas Cards that will be a joy to send. Get started gathering addresses, buying pretty stamps and making your Christmas card list soon!

Joy To The World Ornament
is the most popular Thomas Kinkade ornament so far this year. Make this ornament a special heirloom to add to your tree each year.

Nativity Lighted Tabletop Tree
A combination Nativity Scene and Christmas tree, this beautiful combination is perfect for decorating a small spaces and helping your family remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Isaiah 9:6 Garden Flag
Remind all who visit or see your home of the truth of the Christmas season with this lovely weather-resistant flag.

Thomas Kinkade: Best of Christmas, Collector's Tin CD/DVD Set
Both a good gift as well as a nice family tradition, this classic tin is illustrated with a Victorian scene and the enclosed CD features classic Christmas songs by your favorite traditional artists. Also includes a set of postcards featuring Kinkade's work.

Angel of Joy Porcelain Figurine
I love decorating at Christmas time and it seems I can never have too many beautiful little figurines for decorating small places, sometimes in an unexpected way like on the top of the bookshelf. I think you will like this one.

Christmas Music

Christmas music is crucial in our house. We bake cookies, clean up, address Christmas cards and more to the tunes of our Christmas favorites. Remember, you can listen to samples online and even download the songs immediately by clicking on the links below.
Here is a sampling of my picks of the bestselling Christmas music online today:
Peace On Earth CD
is the latest by popular contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns. We do not have this one yet but it is sure to be a hit.
Noel , a CD by Josh Groban features both traditional and more modern songs which partner him with others such as Faith Hill.
Christmas Reflections, a 3 CD Set By Eric Wyse, features wonderful instrumental arrangements of all your favorite Christmas music.
Christmas, Gaither Vocal Band Style CD
is a must-have for all you Gaither fans! The harmonies of the Gaither's are so rich and smooth and perfect for the Christmas season.
Michael W. Smith's 2008 Dove Award Winner Christmas Album of the Year is
It's A Wonderful Christmas
. Buy your copy today!
A Candle Light Christmas
The latest Christmas CD By Mannheim Steamroller features contemporary instrumental arrangements for quiet times.

DVD-watching is a fun treat for us around the holidays as we do not have cable and do not regularly watch television.
Facing the Giants DVD is one of our family's all-time favorite DVDs. I have to say parts of it are so touching they make me cry (I do not want to give away too much if you have not yet seen it!) It is very inspirational and encourages the viewer to stand strong for Jesus Christ even in difficult times. The whole family enjoys this one and I am looking forward to watching it again during the Christmas season.

Check out these top-selling Christmas DVDs:
The Christmas Shoes DVD

The Christmas Blessing, DVD

The Christmas Card, DVD

My children love to see their favorite Bible stories acted out on DVD. It is amazing how many details about Bible stories and Bible characters they retain by watching them on the screen.
Awesome Bible Adventures: 5-DVD Set is not only a best-seller but it is also a great deal at just $9.99.

A new Christmas book for you:
White Christmas Pie By Wanda E. Brunstetter

A new Christmas book for the kids:
God Gave Us Christmas 

That's all for now. Have fun shopping!

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