A Holiday Linky Assortment (Christmas/Holidays Unplugged)

By , November 27, 2007 12:19 am

It is 10:00 PM and I have just single-handedly put four children to bed not long ago (one extra is here tonight). I have a few blog post ideas circulating in my head, but no energy to do a good job on them. So instead…I give you some useful Holiday-related links:

Here are some good ones left in my comments from my blog friend Andree-Meeyauw (I think she was surfing on my behalf as a form of procrastination, but I am grateful! Thank you Andree!):

++Thanksgiving Comes First post from Bostonscapes Daily Photo: “If you’d like ‘the holiday season’ to regain the meaning it once had, then let ‘them’ know how you feel. The Internet is a very powerful tool, take advantage of it.” Use your blog to help speak out against commercial Christmas greed.

++New American Dream: A really interesting site that I have to explore further. Has a good section on Simplifying the Holidays with a very worthwhile downloadable brochure.

++BetterLiving.co.nz, a New Zealand site, has some quick tips for Simplifying Christmas, instructions for making a Snowman Advent Calendar, and lots of other Christmas articles that I have not yet explored.

++The Simple Living Network, a website devoted to promoting voluntary simplicity, has a section of books to buy about simplifying holidays and celebrations (mostly Christmas, including Unplug The Christmas Machine but also weddings, and one interesting-sounding book on many holidays).

My amazing, super-organized blog friend Heather of Celtic Mommy, the guest author of Help! I Love Doing it All, But How Can I Find Time to Do it? , offered lots of great links, but these are good general simplifying links:

++Cruising Through the Holidays from FlyLady: Tons of advice from organizing to “clutter-free” gifts, to preparing and packing for travel…I have not had a chance to look at it all, but it looks good!

++Organized Christmas: For you organized people out there who think you aren’t organized enough. Printable lists, a six-week organizing plan, an eighteen-week holiday “Grand Plan”…you get the idea. Stress for us Type 1 Slackers, bliss for the Type 2 Organizers. The site also has some printable gifts, gift tags, and crafts that are quite interesting. Easy homemade gift idea: Journal prompts (for adults or children) in a jar anyone?

Finally, some sites that I can recommend:

++The Toymaker: GORGEOUS printable toys, cards, and gifts that kids could print out and assemble as holiday gifts.

++My Unplugged Toy Store list: I know there are others out there and I keep adding as I find them. These stores offer simple, high-quality toys that never require batteries. The only additional item needed is your child’s imagination. Many of them also specify where a toy was made if you are avoiding Chinese-made toys this year.

++My Unplugged Book Store list: No junky, commercially tied-in books in these stores. (Again, I am always adding new links as I come across them…but they must meet my standards in order to make the list!)

I am sure that I could come up with more, but I am tired so I wish you all good night!

Read all the Christmas/Holidays Unplugged posts here.

7 Responses to “A Holiday Linky Assortment (Christmas/Holidays Unplugged)”

  1. Jenny says:

    First of all, my hat is off to you for getting four children to bed- sometimes I’m exhausted after just putting ONE to bed!

    I love linky posts, you’ve got a bunch of good ones in this post. And it’s good timing because I have no idea what we’re getting for CJ yet!

  2. chanale says:

    Jenny said what I was thinking! :)

    The last 6-7 weeks of each year can be so exhausting. Thanks for the links.

  3. dawn224 says:

    guh. I only have the energy to make a “free” sign, attach it to baby, and start advertising.

  4. Lizz says:

    I’m so happy to have found your blog!

    I’m a TV-free Mama to 5. We love it!!

  5. amanda says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I haven’t followed the links yet but I know they will be great.

  6. Nina says:

    I too appreciate linky posts. You did a great job presenting the links. I think I’ve visited many of the now. You might have read about my block dilemma. :)

    I need to order something today and be done with it.

    I’m also going to order on of Amanda’s little dolls for the stocking. It seems she just updated her shop and there is a brown skinned girl doll that we might have to have. I showed my daughter the blond boy doll with pants and she said she wanted a doll with pants. That’s my girl. ;)

    Anyway, I don’t comment often enough but I must say you articulate my vision for my children so well. I appreciate everything you write. Good stuff always.

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