It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only a week away.  I hope that you will have the opportunity to spend some nice, quiet time with your family and friends during this most joyous of holidays.  To help you get into the Christmas spirit, and get the most out of this last week before the big day, I have assembled a lot of fantastic reads in this edition of the Round-up.  Please take some time to check out each article and share some laughs with me when you watch the video clip at the end of this post.  Merry Christmas!

  • Brad And J’s 1st Annual Christmas Stimulus 2009. Brad from Enemy of Debt and J. Money from Budgets are Sexy have teamed up to offer a truly generous giveaway.  All you have to do is leave a comment on each of their posts, and you will be eligible to win $300, no strings attached.  Talk about a sweet Christmas gift!  Hurry, though, because the deadline to enter is midnight on Saturday, December 19th.
  • A Brief Guide to Holiday Tipping. J.D. from the great Get Rich Slowly blog provides some practical and straightforward advice for who you should be tipping for Christmas and just how much you should give to avoid looking like a Scrooge.
  • Traveling by Plane With Kids: My Tips & Experiences. For you poor souls that must travel long distances with small children over the holidays, I suggest you take a look at this very helpful post.  Samantha from Mama Notes has lived through a very long plane ride with her baby boy and lived to tell about it!
  • Keep Christmas Simple: 5 Quick Tips to Help Stay Focused.  With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to forget to slow down and enjoy our time spent with family!  Jeff from My Super Charged Life gives some very helpful tips to help keep us focused.
  • 5 Ingredients. 5 Minutes. 5 Meals. – Holiday Appetizers. Zen Family Habits is always a great place to find practical resources for a fulfilling family life.  If you will be hosting guests, I think you’ll really dig these simple recipes.
  • Man Knowledge: Early 20th Century Battles Every Man Should Know.  The Christmas season always helps remind me of the constant sacrifices made by our armed forces.  Their selfless service is very much highlighted during the holidays when many will not get the opportunity to share Christmas morning with their own families.  I think everyone should read this post from the Art of Manliness, which will grow your appreciation of the heroic service provided by so many military members throughout modern history.
  • Don’t Wait Until January 1st – Button Up Your Life NOW.  Ron from The Wisdom Journal encourages us to take action today to improve our lives.  And in Ron’s typical style, he doesn’t just give advice, he provides solid resources to help you reach your goals.

By the way, if you need a “push” and some motivation to get off your butt (like I do), you won’t want to miss a little competition  I’m cooking up to kick off the new year!  Look for a post in the next few days that announces “Improve Yourself! 2010“.  If you don’t already, I’d really encourage you to subscribe to receive new posts by RSS or Email so you don’t miss your chance to be part of this exciting contest…great prizes will be included!

  • Finally, I’d like to share an awesome compilation video from one of my favorite Christmas movies…I think you’ll recognize it. 🙂

And please don’t forget the reason for the season:

Keep Christ in Christmas!


About the author 


Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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  1. Hi Dustin

    Awesome round up thank you so much for including Zen Family Habits and for your kind words. Jules did a fabulous job with those appetizers I’ll certainly be making a few over the next couple of weeks. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas.

    All the best,

    1. Thanks, Sherri! You know Zen Family Habits is on my list of favorite, can’t miss reads. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. Thanks for the link love and the support Dustin. You’ve got a great site going here and I’m excited about watching it unfold more in 2010. Merry Christmas.
    .-= Corey – Simple Marriage´s last blog ..Ask The Readers Free-For-All =-.

    1. Thanks, Corey! Simple Marriage is a motivation for what Engaged Marriage could become someday, and I really admire the work that you do. I look forward to hopefully collaborating with you in the new year.

      Merry Christmas!

  3. I appreciate the link to J.D.’s holiday tipping guide. I want to be generous and in the holiday spirit, but sometimes it feels like “holiday spirit” is equal to emptying our pockets. It’s part of what causes holiday anxiety for me, deciding how much is right in these exchanges. I’d rather just have a few rules for the holiday giving so that I can worry less about the generosity of my wallet and focus more on the generocity of my heart, smile, hug, and all of the other things that feel like real Christmas giving to me.
    .-= Mrs. Levine´s last blog ..In Remembrance of Brittany Murphy =-.

    1. I totally agree with you, Mrs. Levine. The number of people who expect special tips at Christmas time is a bit out of control. We do what we can, try to be fair and don’t worry too much about it. 🙂

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