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My delightful daughter, Madison, has the rather befuddling habit of butchering the words to every song that she sings.

For example, when she sings We Wish You a Merry Christmas, instead of “Glad tidings we bring…” she warbles, “Good tingles we bring…”

So today, from our family to yours, we wish you good tingles.

The tingles you get when you feel loved, valued and appreciated.

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Hayden, Madison and Logan

Hayden, Madison and Logan

I love Christmas and always appreciate receiving cards and letters at this time of the year with updates from friends and family regarding the year that’s just passed.

2013 has been another big year in our household, with the kids growing quickly and our business launching on a full-time basis, so here’s our own family update.

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This Christmas what are you going to give your kids?

Presents or presence?

Are you going to work extra hard so that you can afford that expensive toy or gadget that they want?

Do you feel so guilty about how little attention you give your little ones all year that you grant them whatever is on their list for Santa?

Do you buy more stuff for yourself to fill a void in your life and feel compelled to do the same for your children?

Or during this holiday season, will you give them the time and attention that they deserve?

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I love Christmas!

It’s a wonderful time of year and as I reflect on the year that’s just about to end, there are lots of things that I’m extremely grateful for.

I am also very aware that Christmas isn’t always a joyous event for everyone, but I hope that by remembering the aspects of life that we’re grateful for, we can change our perspective and make it a happier and more rewarding time.

To get us started, here are 10 things that I’m grateful for this Christmas: Read the rest of this entry »

Logan, Hayden and Madison

I love Christmas and especially appreciate receiving cards and letters at this time of the year that contain updates from friends and family regarding the year that’s just passed.

2011 has been another big year in our household, so here’s our own family update.

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I love Christmas.

It’s one of my favourite times of the year, but I know that many people find it stressful.  One of the reasons it can be so stressful is that it can be a very expensive period for a lot of people.

As such, here are a few free gifts that you can give to those around you this Christmas.

They may not cost you a cent, but they can add significant value to those around you:

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Yes, it’s that time of year again.

Christmas Day is looming fast and will be here before we know it.

My wife and I have started our Christmas shopping and always aim to get it done before the start of December each year.  It’s always a nice feeling to have the presents wrapped and stored away until the big day.

However, I’m conscious that many people scramble around at the last minute, fighting for parking spots and desperately deciding what to buy for their friends and family without a list, a budget or anything distantly resembling a plan.

For people in this situation, Christmas goes from being a great celebration to becoming an additional, unnecessary stress.  They dread the whole experience, it sits over their head like a black cloud in the few weeks preceding the big day and then they’re relieved when it’s over.

It doesn’t have to be like that and I don’t think that it should be like that.  With some careful planning and early action, Christmas Day can become the day of joy, celebration, reflection and quality family time that it has been designed for.

As I considered this recently, it struck me that the principles of planning and action is appropriate for virtually any deadline that we are involved with.

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Merry Christmas from Madison, Hayden and Logan

One of the things that I love about this time of the year is receiving Christmas cards from friends and family that contain a letter with updates from their past year.

Karen and I have been saying that we should do this for years now without getting around to it, but I guess now that I’m blogging, I have no excuse.

2010 has certainly been an exciting (if tumultuous) period for us and I’m pleased to say that we have had a personally rewarding year.

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A Christmas tree inside a home.

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I love Christmas.

It’s always been one of my favourite times of the year and now that I have young children, it’s taken on a whole new dimension.

However, I’m also conscious that this period of the year can become a very stressful one for many people, with the reality of the day not always matching our lofty and idealistic expectations.

To maximise our Christmas period, I have identified a few simple tips that I trust can take away some of the stress and help you to enjoy this wonderful time.

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