From the Momfilter Archives  My kids love baking Christmas cookies with me. Correction: they think they do. In fact, many traditional Christmas cookies involve dough that needs to be chilled, cut, chilled again before baking. Then there’s the waiting for the cookies to cool before they can do what they really want to do which […]


From the Momfilter Archives  My husband’s family has a long-standing tradition of homemade felt stockings. A couple of years ago, my husband, his brother and my mother-in-law decided to carry on the tradition with our collective offspring. While they actually made the stockings themselves, felt templates (this year’s is particularly chic) and blanks you can buy […]


From the Momfilter Archives  Putumayo‘s compilations of children’s music are such reliable standbys in the genre, so consistently good, that I end up never writing about them. I realize that doesn’t sound as if it makes any sense, but it does: It’s not because I take them for granted, exactly, but because I have this […]


From the Momfilter Archives  We’re so curious how other people celebrate the holidays in their homes. For those that celebrate Christmas, we’re interested to know how/if you deal with Santa. Do you wrap presents from him? Does he just fill the stockings? Do you open family presents at the same time? Do you have your […]

traveler's tree

From the Momfilter Archives  We’re going to be away for the holidays and I decided not to get a tree–I couldn’t bear the thought of throwing out a perfectly good tree on December 19th, or returning home to a dead fir in the new year. I get the plastic tree appeal, but I just can’t. […]


From the Momfilter Archives  A couple of days ago we posted about our favorite DIY advent calendars, but we are very aware that many of us (ourselves included) will probably not make one on our own (at least not this year)! So, in case you’re into advent calendars, and want some ideas, here’s what we […]


I’m a little hesitant to post this, because as far as I’m concerned, nobody has any truly free time between Thanksgiving and Christmas…but, in the off chance that you’re looking for a family project on Thanksgiving weekend, I do love the idea of making your own advent calendars. The one shown above came from a […]

pg advent cal

This is a real last-minute answer to the advent calendar (in fact, this year we are just doing a 12-day because we are so late). My kids made and decorated a pouch out of paper that holds two treats (one for each kid).  They made two compartments by stapling down the middle and we use […]


Every winter, my little corner of the Hudson Valley goes all out for Sinterklaas, a nod to our area’s Dutch heritage. This year the celebration kicks off with Sinterklaas Arrival Day on November 30 in Kingston and culminates with a full day of festivities on December 7 in Rhinebeck. For festival day, think plenty of […]

holiday binder

Despite my chips-stealing incident (posted on Momfilter last week), I feel like I’ve gained a little more mastery of my holiday season due to one simple tool:  my Holiday Binder.  My Binder Full of Christmas, if you will. It’s a 3-ring binder full of folders and page protectors into which I stuff my son’s Christmas […]


Visiting Santa Claus is one of those memories from childhood that never lost any of its magical glow; even as I learned the truth about that fabled man who flew with reindeers. Every year on one lucky December day, my mom would allow my two sisters and me to miss school for our trip to […]


We never get tired of looking at these letters to Santa…and actually, we love looking at other kids’ even more than at our own. One favorite list we heard of this year was a 7 year old’s that had only two things on it: silly putty and blocks of soap to learn how to carve. […]

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