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Awesome Christmas and Winter LEGO Sets!

These winter and Christmas themed LEGO sets would make awesome gifts this year!

Alex and Evan beg for a new LEGO set every time we head out to the stores but little do they know how many more awesome sets are available online!  With Christmas coming up, I want to surprise them with a set they’ve never seen before.  They’ll be so excited!

Below are a few of my favorite Christmas inspired sets:


LEGO Advent Calendars:  CITY  |  FRIENDS  |  STAR WARS

Please keep in mind these are “limited edition” and may sell out quickly.  




North Pole Toy Shop Sets:  WINTER TOY SHOP  |  SANTA’S WORKSHOP 



LEGO Winter Train Sets:  WINTER HOLIDAY TRAIN  |  CHRISTMAS TREE (with toy train)
     These winter and Christmas themed LEGO sets would make awesome gifts this year!






These winter and Christmas themed LEGO sets would make awesome gifts this year!

25 Days of Christmas on Freeform (formerly ABC Family)

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Freeform, previously known as ABC Family, has released their 2016 25 Days of Christmas movie schedule!!!  You’ll find all of your favorite classic movies, and maybe even a few that you haven’t seen before, on this year’s schedule.   A lot of these movies are available for $5 or less so click the title of the movie if you’re interested in seeing how much it costs to buy it, or to read a description of the movie.  Movies make great stocking stuffers, and kids (and adults) love watching them over and over again!!

3:30 PM: Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
6:00 PM:  The Year Without a Santa Claus
7:05 PM:  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
9:15 PM:  The Santa Clause
11:30 PM:  Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

12:55 AM:  Rudolph’s Shiny New Year

11:00 AM:  Jack Frost
12 NOON:Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
 2:30 PM:  The Year Without a Santa Claus
3:35 PM:
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
5:10 PM: Disney’s A Christmas Carol
7:15 PM:  
The Santa Clause
9:20 PM:  The Polar Express
11:25 PM:  Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
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5 ways to reduce the stress of Christmas shopping


Great tips for making your Christmas shopping less stressful
1. Start early

This is the most helpful, yet least followed suggestion.  Unless you are purchasing a holiday specific gift set or product that will not be released until just before the holidays, you can start your shopping as early as you want!  I find this to be the most efficient way to be prepared, save the most money, and reduce the stress of holiday shopping.  This also is true for homemade gifts.  Even if the gift itself will not take long to make, popular supplies will sell out quickly as others prepare to make gifts as well.


2. Prepare

Make lists of who you need to shop for, what you need to buy, and where you need to get it.  Check out our holiday gift guide for some great ideas!  Also look ahead of time at ads to price match and for coupons to save some money.  Your gift recipient never has to know ;-)


3. Map out a route

I know this sounds silly but map out your shopping route.  Make sure you know where each store is located. Tackle one shopping center at a time. The holiday shopping time is well known for being busy and with more accidents, even when the weather is clear.  When looking for a store, make sure to stay a safe distance behind the next vehicle so they don’t surprise you with a sudden stop.  An accident, no matter how minor, will cause you more lost time than heading to the next stop light and going back to your missed turn.


4. Shop online

If you know what you are looking for, many products are available on the retailer or store website with affordable or even free shipping rates during the holidays.  You never know, you may even find a better deal or a gift that wasn’t available in store!


5. Have back up gift ideas

Unfortunately stores may sell out of that new toy everyone is talking about, so make sure to have a back up gift idea for the inevitable.


So these are just a few rules that I follow from year to year.  What is your biggest stress-reducing Christmas shopping tip?


Make your holiday shopping go much more smoothly by following these 5 tips

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