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Welcome to the Merry Christmas 2009 Edition of the . It is also the final edition of the Carnival.

In 2006, Kailani at An Island Life conceptualized and launched the Carnival at her predecessor site, The Pink Diary. In late 2007, when she was looking for someone to take over its administration, Kailani entrusted the Carnival to me. It continued as a weekly event, hosted at various sites, until August 2009, when I reduced the publication frequency to once per month.

The Carnival has remained popular, with many quality articles submitted for each edition. However, after more than two years of devoting my time and energy to it, the time is right to discontinue publication so that I can steer Colloquium in new directions in 2010. The Carnival Archive, featuring links to thousands of interesting and informative articles posted on hundreds of excellent blogs will remain online so that you can peruse prior editions.

I extend my appreciation to Kailani, as well as each and every one of you who have participated by submitting articles, hosting, or both. Your contributions have been very much appreciated!

Family Cooking & Recipes

Wren Caulfield presents Homemade Gourmet Tea Blends posted at True Adventures in Money Hacking.

Cyndi presents Matzo brei for Hanukkah or for Christmas Eve! posted at Real Food Fast!.

Annette Berlin presents Fast And Yummy Vegetarian Chili posted at Craft Stew. The author suggests serving it in wraps with salsa on top or over brown rice.

Family Crafts & Activities

Darcy presents Hand Print Christmas Tree posted at Smart-Bottom Enterprises.

Stephanie presents Making Ornaments with the Kids posted at Make It From Scratch.

Pamela Jorrick presents Christmas Craftiness- Part 1- Advent Calendars posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

Larry Farlow presents The Little Book of Whittling posted at A Simple Man.


e-Mom presents Family Life: The Genealogy of Christ posted at Chrysalis, a discussion of Jesus Christ’s family tree and why the genealogies recited in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke differ.

e-Mom presents Book Review: The Real Twelve Days of Christmas posted at Chrysalis, an explanation of the story behind the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Do you know what the partridge in the pear tree represents? You’ll find the answer in this article.

Keira presents Why Should Kids Read Newspapers? posted at Literature Young Adult Fiction.

Mrs. Green presents Teaching Maths with Home Education – 8 Tips posted at Little Green Blog.

Family Humor

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Mad Gift Giving Guide posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Sarah Clark presents The Mother Load: I know where all the time has gone… posted at The Mother Load.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents We Don’t Think We Can Dance, But We Do It Anyway posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

T. Lynn Lloyd presents But Daddy, I?m a GROWN-UP! posted at My Polar Opposite.

Walter J. Shumate presents DeBloWrimo Day 10 – Yo Gabba Gabba! posted at WalterShumate.net.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents It Is Hereby Resolved (New Year?s Resolution Humor) posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Grandpa Oddball presents Beware the Look posted at GetOddNews.

Paul Reyes-Fournier presents Santa is in ICU because you didn?t behave. posted at coupledumb.com.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Ms. Legal Person Answers Your Holiday Questions posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Family Finance

Manshu presents Amazon Gift Card Review posted at OneMint.

Guffly presents Seven Eco Gifts Under $50 posted at Guffly.

Deana presents Couponing 101 posted at The Frugal Homeschooling Mom.

Mark Aucamp presents How to save money on your Gas and Electricity bills posted at Money Saving Tips.

e-Mom presents Free Gift Ideas for Christmas posted at Chrysalis.

The Dough Roller presents The Great Debate: 30-Year Mortgage vs. 15-Year Mortgage posted at The Dough Roller.

David presents List of the Best Credit Card Offers for the Holidays posted at Credit Card Offers IQ.

Annette Berlin presents FreeCycle posted at Stuff With A Purpose.

The Dough Roller presents Interest Free Credit Cards posted at The Dough Roller.

David presents List of Credit Cards that Pay Cash Back for Gas posted at Credit Card Offers IQ.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Balance Transfer Credit Card Tips, Facts and Traps posted at The Digerati Life.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Best Online Stock Brokers For Cheap Stock Trades posted at The Digerati Life.

JT presents Best High Yield Savings Accounts posted at The Smarter Wallet.

JT presents How To Get A Free FICO Credit Score posted at The Smarter Wallet.

TaraG presents Thrifty Green Christmas Shopping Made Easy posted at Go Green Street.

Family Health and Wellness

Super Saver presents Not Aging Gracefully posted at My Wealth Builder.

Wren Caulfield presents Quick Hack and Holiday Gift: Homemade body scrubs, lotions, oils, bath salts, or bath bombs posted at True Adventures in Money Hacking.

Deb Bixler presents How To Eat Healthy At A Party | Wow! You Are Really Lucky…. posted at Increase Metabolism & Live Healthy.

Aparna presents Home remedies for sore throat posted at Beauty and Personal Grooming.

marjorie presents Ease Allergies with Folate posted at Laurel on Health Food.

pbmedia presents Getting a Swine Flu (H1N1) Shot posted at Fit36.com.

Parenting Tips & Advice

Keira presents 9 Ways to Get Kids to Read posted at Literature Young Adult Fiction.

Henry presents Should you only praise and love your children? posted at Why Homeschool.

Sandra Gardner presents The Bad Mother Thing posted at Pinky, I Love You.

Tom DeRosa presents Book Review: “Don’t Swear With Your Mouth Full!” by Dr. Cary Chugh posted at I Want to Teach Forever.

Emma presents Potty training, day 1. posted at Baby-Log.

Family Relationships & Self-Improvement

Consolata Ugboko presents Are You Stuck in the Rut? posted at Woman-Incorporated.

Rick Schiano presents Let Go, Making Love Last posted at Ricks Victory Blog.

Donald Latumahina presents How to Feel Better When You’re Depressed posted at Life Optimizer.


  1. Shucks! I knew I would forget to send in my submission!

    Thank you so much for doing such a great job in continuing the Carnival of Family Life. You made me proud!
    .-= kailani´s last blog . . . Kristina Train: Spilt Milk =-.

  2. Gaston and Marie

    We will miss these pithy discoveries as they pertain to family.

    On this site we have learned tips about how to nourish the natural affection that should be part of every family’s ties and are far too often neglected.

    We learned how to address problems of society as they impact our families.

    And, we have learned about alternatives to the school choices presented to us by society.

    For all of this, and much much more, Marie and I are grateful.

  3. Hope you had (or, rather, are having) a Merry Christmas. Look forward to checking out some of these links after my cake sugar run wears off.

  4. Sandra Gardner

    I’m sorry to see that this is your last carnival, but thanks so much for including me! It’s such an honor.
    .-= Sandra Gardner´s last blog . . . Why do traditions comfort our kids so much? I’m asking that question to you – and I’d love to hear your answers. =-.

  5. consolata

    Hi Jhiess,
    Thanks for including my blog in this carnival. I feel greatly honoured.
    It is also a pity that this is the last edition.
    I will comeback to see what is happening on Colloquium
    .-= consolata´s last blog . . . Celebrating Women (4) =-.

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