ABC Family’s 25 Days Of Christmas 2015

We wait for it all year…for ABC Family’s schedule of their 25 Days of Christmas. Tell me we aren’t the only ones who can’t wait for 25 Days of Christmas 2015 to begin?!

If you love Santa and Christmas movies and the Grinch and Polar Express and Christmas Vacation and so many others, you need this list of all the shows scheduled for 25 Days of Christmas 2015!

Just for you, I’m sharing ABC Family’s schedule of 25 Days of Christmas 2015 movies. Bookmark this page! Share it with friends! Print out this handy 25 Days schedule and put it on your fridge!

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Schedule

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas is about to begin! Get the schedule of every Christmas movie playing here.

Although it’s an oldie, Elf is one of our favorite Christmas movies and we watch it everytime it’s on. We LOVE Buddy!

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas is about to begin! Get the schedule of every Christmas movie playing here.

And don’t forget to head over to like ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Facebook page for all kinds of fun!

What’s your family’s favorite Christmas movie? We never miss the old claymation movies like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer…does your family still enjoy watching it as much as we did as kids?

For more Christmas fun, check out my All Things Christmas board on Pinterest and all things Christmas here on my blog (like how to get a letter from Santa with a North Pole postmark and how to get in touch with Santa these holiday season.)

Not a sponsored post. I just love when I find fun things to share like this!

Begin The Jesse Tree Tradition With Your Family With Countdown to Christmas ::Book Review::

Traditions are important to me, and during the holidays we have many of them. From filling our Sparkle Box to communicating with Santa to putting a pickle on the Christmas tree, we have a lot of fun keeping these traditions alive, and I hope these traditions are something that the kids will do with their kids one day. Have you ever heard of the Jesse Tree Tradition? I had no idea what it was, but after checking out Countdown to Christmas with the kids, we will be starting a new tradition this year.

Countdown to Christmas isn't a book that you read in one sitting - it's follows the Jesse Tree tradition, and it's a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th.

What Is The Jesse Tree Tradition?

The Jesse Tree tradition is a very old Christmas tradition first started in medieval times. The tree is used to help tell the story of the Bible from creation to the story of Christmas. The name comes from Jesse, who was the Father of the great Jewish King David.

So now that you know what the tradition is, what’s the tree? In short, the Jesse Tree is Jesus’ family tree. It’s a small Christmas tree that you put paper ornaments on as you countdown to Christmas. Each ornament has the picture of a different person in the Bible, Jesus’ family.

And that’s where Countdown to Christmas comes in. Countdown to Christmas isn’t a book that you read in one sitting – it’s a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th. Each night, your family will read a story from the Bible (it’s just a page long) to learn about Jesus’ family. After you finish, you’ll place an ornament on your Jesse Tree. By Christmas Eve, your Jesse Tree will be filled up with ornaments representing all of Jesus’ family!

Countdown to Christmas isn't a book that you read in one sitting - it's follows the Jesse Tree tradition, and it's a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th.

By starting the Jesse Tree Tradition, you’re family is doing so much more than just putting ornaments on a little tree. Your family will learn the stories of the Bible and come to know Jesus’ family. Your family will learn that families are the most important thing in the world, even to Jesus. They’ll learn the importance of family and God’s role in family.

I sat down last night and explained what the Countdown to Christmas was all about and what the Jesse Tree tradition is to the kids. They were very interested! They sat down to look through the book and actually read the first few stories, unprompted! They asked if we could start the book now. I explained that we have to wait to December 1st, and they are excited to start reading and learning more about Jesus’ family.

Countdown to Christmas isn't a book that you read in one sitting - it's follows the Jesse Tree tradition, and it's a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th.

If your family is religious and knows Christmas is more than just giving and getting presents, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Countdown to Christmas. And why not start the Jesse Tree tradition with your family? It’s a fun way to learn about the Bible and Jesus’ family, and it’s an easy way to take a few minutes out of your day to praise Him as a family.

One more thing…did I mention that the author of Countdown to Christmas is only 11 years old?! Theresa Seidlitz wrote the book because “I wanted to see what it would be like to be an author and write a whole book! I also wanted people to know about Jesus’ family tree. I hope the book will make the Christmas season even more exciting for kids as they count down the days to Jesus’ birthday.”

You can learn more about Countdown to Christmas and the the history of the book on YouTube.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Countdown to Christmas in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Mommy of a Monster’s Holiday Roundup From Christmas’ Past

I realize that Christmas is almost over, but I still thought it would be fun to share all-things-Christmas here on Mommy of a Monster! So I’ve come up with a Mommy of a Monster holiday round up…there’s some good stuff here!

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Mommy of a Monster’s Holiday Roundup From Christmas’ Past

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

There are only a few days left, but I have ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas schedule, so set your DVRs!

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By this point, if your kids are anything like my kids, they are probably no longer listening to “Santa is watching!” and “I’m telling the elf that you’re being naughty!” And that’s where this Elf warning for naughty kids comes in handy.

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Done with Elf on the Shelf? Next year, consider Roaming Reindeer.

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Whether you are religious or not, The Sparkle Box book delivers a message about the importance of giving this holiday season, and my kids love it almost as much as I do. I cry (happy tears) every time that we read it.

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

There are SO many ways to get in touch with Santa during the holiday season…and the majority of these are free!

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Do you know the story behind the Christmas Pickle? Do you have a Christmas Pickle?

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Need some sweet treat and dessert ideas? I’ve got lots of them here.

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Now here are some cleaning tips that will help get you ready for the big day…especially if you don’t have time to clean!

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Safety is always a number one priority (obviously,) but do you realize that the National Fire Protection Association reports most home fires and CO poisonings occur during the winter? Besides heating appliances, seasonal activities such as increased cooking, using candles and decorating Christmas trees all add to the risk. So I’ve got some holiday safety tips to keep you, your family, home, and guests all safe.

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

We are getting down to the wire this holiday season, and sometimes all you need is a good laugh with a glass of wine. And Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays e-book (only $2.99!) fits the bill perfectly. Did I mention I have a recipe in the book?

Looking for more all-things-Christmas? I’ve got lots of Christmas recipes, traditions, and ideas here, as well as my All Things Christmas board on Pinterest.

Share your favorite things about Christmas! I love hearing how others celebrate the season.

Christmas Recipes: A Sweet Treat Round Up

I was looking for a recipe the other day, and realized that I have quite a few sweet treat Christmas recipes(and also that I must really like Amaretto because it’s included in several of these recipes!) All of the recipes are easy to make….some require no baking. There are even some adults-only drinks that are always hits!

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

Christmas Recipes: Mommy of a Monster’s Sweet Treat Round Up

Amaretto Truffles

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

This is one of my all time favorite Christmas recipes! These Amaretto Truffles are so easy to make and can be served as a dessert or given as a gift.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

With a fancy name like Browned Butter and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies, you might be thinking these cookies are too gourmet for kids…but they aren’t fancy at all. Tip: Double the recipe because these cookies go FAST!

Cream Cheese Mints

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

If you like minty, you’ll love these Cream Cheese Mints. No baking required and just a few ingredients. And this recipe holds a special place in my heart because making them reminds me of being a kid and making them with my aunt.

Candy Popcorn

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

This recipe for Candy Popcorn is perfect for gatherings because it’s quick, easy, and inexpensive to make. And it makes a lot!

Peppermint Truffles

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

My niece gave me the idea for these Perfectly Imperfect Peppermint Truffles!

Amaretto Biscotti

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

Nothing tells someone how much you care about them more than a homemade gift. This Amaretto Biscotti recipe fits the bill!

Butter Cookies

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

Butter Cookies with Jelly  are simple to make, and the kids love filling in the jelly. I give each of the kids a different jelly flavor and put them to work!

 Adults-Only Christmas Recipes

All of these Adults-Only Christmas Recipes include alcohol, so keep the kids away from these treats! Whether you are having brunch, going to a holiday party, or sipping an after dinner drink, these are all great recipes to try.

For Brunch…

Cranberry Mimosa

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

I get asked for this Cranberry Mimosa recipe every time I make it!

Amaretto Mimosa

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

If you are looking to add some oomph to a regular mimosa, this Amaretto Mimosa does just that.

For A Holiday Party…

Candy Cane Vodka

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

Did you know that you can dissolve candy canes in vodka and get peppermint vodka? It’s simple to make Candy Cane Vodka. You just need to make it a day or so before you plan on drinking it. Make a holiday martini, a boozy, minty milkshake, add it to coffee, or just shoot it!

Chocolate Pudding Shots

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

Make these Chocolate Pudding Shots with my Candy Cane Vodka instead of regular vodka for a peppermint kick!

For After Dinner (Or A Long Day)…

Adults Only Coffee

Looking for Christmas recipes? I'm sharing 12 of my favorite sweet treat recipes! Also includes holiday cocktail recipes for a party, brunch, or after dinner.

This Adults Only Coffee recipe will warm you up and calm you down. It may sound like a lot of alcohol for a cup of coffee, but you can barely taste it (and it’s less than a shot.)

So there you go! My favorite sweet treats Christmas recipes. Whether you are serving dessert, making them for gifts, or just wanting to try a new recipe, there’s something here for everybody. And if you are looking for more Christmas ideas, check out my board All About Christmas on Pinterest.

What are some of your favorite Christmas recipes? Feel free to leave a link!

An Elf Warning For Naughty Kids: Make Your Elf on the Shelf Useful!

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Monday, December 1st. Our Elf on the Shelf, Fred, has not even been out of his box for 24 hours and I’ve already yelled, begged, sent kids to their rooms, and I’m done for the day. All before 8 AM, people.

Now I’m not a huge fan of Elf on the Shelf after about Day 3. I always forget to move the damn thing (see story below.) This year I was hoping that the kids would let Fred stay in his box and that we would just use our Roaming Reindeer (who don’t even move.) But it wasn’t to be. The kids wanted Fred AND the reindeer. Sigh.

Last year, after already wearing out the “Santa is watching” threat before Week 1 was even over, I found this awesome Elf Warning for Naughty Kids over at Harper Loft. I love the reason why she created the Elf Warning:

I won’t lie, the look in Tickle’s glazed eyes sent a shiver of dread to my very core. I knew I had to do whatever I could to help this little helper. So, with Santa’s approval, I created these Naughty Warnings. If Little Johnny racks up too many before Christmas, he gets a big nada come wrapping-paper-tearing-time.” 

I only used it once last year. Surprisingly, it was for Mia. Only once. At least she made it past Day 1.

If your Elf on the Shelf visits during the holidays, this elf warning for naughty kids is a great way to let your kids know the elf notices and reports to Santa! Via Harper Loft. Such a great idea!
This year, I had to bust out the elf warning for naughty kids on Day 1 and it was for all of the Hoage Kids. The kids were being SO BAD yesterday morning that I ended up locking myself in my office to angrily create this elf warning for naughty kids. And then last night I fell asleep early and totally forget to put Fred away and put the note out. So at 4:10 this morning, I woke from a dead sleep to do it. Reason #1,593 why I’m over Elf on the Shelf.

If your Elf on the Shelf visits during the holidays, this elf warning for naughty kids is a great way to let your kids know the elf notices and reports to Santa! Via Harper Loft. Such a great idea!
Anyways, this elf warning for naughty kids is probably the most useful thing I’ve ever stumbled across on Pinterest. Seriously! Two of the kids (I won’t say which ones) actually cried this morning when they found the Elf Warning instead of Fred. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t like making my kids cry, but I’ll take any help I can get in keeping them in line.

Elf Warning For Naughty Kids

If your Elf on the Shelf visits during the holidays, this elf warning for naughty kids is a great way to let your kids know the elf notices and reports to Santa! Via Harper Loft. Such a great idea!

Now I took the Elf Warning for Naughty Kids PDF that Harper Loft Created, used only one of them, and created the text in PicMonkey. Ethan’s old enough now that I’m pretty sure that he’d recognize my writing even if I tried to change it. But you can just print the Elf Warning for Naughty Kids PDF (it contains four warnings – I’m sure I’ll need all four) here.

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And since you’re in contact with the Elf, why not get in contact with Santa, too? Here’s how to get a letter from Santa with a North Pole postmark!

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I also have other ways for the kids to communicate with Santa.

And if you are looking for Elf on the Shelf  ideas to keep your Elf busy this year, check out my board Elf on the Shelf on Pinterest.