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A Christmas Tradition that Reminds You that You’re Blessed

HLA Middle and Early High School Counselor Margie Abbitt and her family have always been thankful for their blessings. A simple piece of fruit, an orange, not only had the ability to keep them healthy, but was a regular reminder of their blessings, no matter how small. Stockings were a big deal at our house

A Christmas Tradition that Takes You Around the World

Kristin Carlton and her family "travel the world" during the Christmas holiday, from the comfort of their home. The season is full of great food and learning, which is something we would expect from a homeschooler. It is only our second year doing this tradition, but we love it! We pick a country and learn

A Christmas Tradition that Remembers the Baby

HLA homeschool mom Shannon Shultz shares a Christmas memory from her childhood that has remained with her over the years. She has continued the tradition with her children. A true testament that special times spent with family have a strong impact on our children. Picture courtesy of Shannon Shultz. During my childhood, there

A Christmas Tradition that Encourages the Love of Reading

Many Christmas traditions are a big part of HLA Senior High School Counselor Lani Carey's holiday season. Although her children are grown and now have children of their own, Christmas traditions are still a big part of the holiday season. Lani started a new tradition with her grandchildren, when they were babies, that has sparked

A Christmas Tradition that Shares the Meaning

The Boogaard family lives in China. Although Christmas is not part of the Chinese culture, the Boogaards still manage to celebrate the season and share what the coming of Jesus means to them. Our family lives in China and we spend Christmas Eve and part of Christmas Day, with our dear friends, in a foster

A Christmas Tradition that Includes Fun and Games

HLA employees Bob (incoming records and social security) and Phyllis (kindergarten through sixth grade counselor) Broadus have a routine along with their tradition. Their Christmas celebration begins on Christmas Eve and includes playing games. The Broadus Family has always had their Christmas on Christmas Eve. We start with a meal, which is now my homemade

A Christmas Tradition for Tree Decorating

HLA mom Kimberly Powell and her husband continue a tradition with their children that has a long family history. Decorating the Christmas tree involves more than just hanging ornaments. My husband's family has a tradition of having a little finger food party when they decorate their tree. They have finger foods, snacks and desserts and

Christmas Traditions that Make the Season Bright

Christmas traditions are one of the reasons so many families look forward to the holiday season. Not only is it the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but also a season for gathering with family we may not see often throughout the year. We asked our HLA families and staff to share some

Christmas Time (anytime) Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers

What many people do not realize is that homeschoolers are so easy. We are real easy to please when it comes to gifts, because we think beyond the traditional gift and are satisfied with items that may not (or may) otherwise appeal to the non-homechooler. If you have a homeschooler on your Christmas list, this

Family Focus: The Bacon Family

-By Tara Bacon, Homeschooling mom in Tennessee- The Bacons are a new homeschooling family who spend much time traveling to Karting events where their son competes! Read more about their adventure: We are the Bacons from Kingsport, Tennessee.  My name is Tara, I enjoy cooking for friends & family and making memories over a good