Christmas Traditions Archive
The Christmas pageant doesn't have to be perfect to touch the hearts of both performers and audience.
When Carol Bannon's adult children spend more time recreating family Christmas Memories from childhood for their own children instead of exploiting the commercial aspects of this holiday...she and her husband know they did something right.
Here's a bit of history about the origins of three common Christmas symbols.
Lisa Jones reminds us about what a "perfect" Christmas is really made of -- important memories. Read more and challenge your concept of the "perfect" Christmas.
I am a believer. I believe in the spirit of Santa Claus – I believe because I’ve seen his spirit in action so frequently, most notably again this week when our online friends came through and rescued
“Actions speak louder than words.” “One picture is worth a thousand words.” “Talk is cheap.” There are lots of different sayings in the English language that generally express the same thing–words alone don’t do the necessary job
It’s so easy to get caught up in the commercialization of Christmas. Kids obsess over toys. Shopping deals bombard your inbox with “can’t miss” deals. It takes a conscious effort to stay focused on Jesus during Advent
Do you know about the Elf On The Shelf? Year after year, children and adults alike are baffled by the mystery of how Santa really knows who’s been naughty or nice. After much urging by the elves and
Tomorrow’s the Feast of St. Nicholas. When our oldest was born, we were unsure what to do about Santa. Afraid he’d usurp the meaning of the season, we toyed with the idea of banishing him, sending him
Do you ever feel like going out on the front porch and yelling, “Christmas didn’t end on December 26!” While the focus turns to New Year’s Eve, festivities continue for a few more days. In the meantime,
Oh, how my mind imagines such a joyful Advent, such a time of waiting, anticipating and hearing the carols to bring my mind into the Christmas Season. I can picture leisurely afternoons of decorating Christmas cookies and
“I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams” – this phrase comes to mind when I think about the men and women of the military overseas and away from home at Christmas time. I can’t
One day last year around this time, my then-4-year-old daughter and I stopped by a local Catholic store to pick up a gift. As you can imagine in a Catholic store during Advent, there were several Nativities
In case you haven’t noticed our once rock hard economy (that was in my lifetime, wasn’t it?) is still a little soft—make that downright squishy, so with the holidays now in full swing, many families are scratching
We’re a “Santa” family. I understand the reasons behind some families choice to keep Santa out of their Christmas celebrations, but for us, it’s important to include him. There is beauty in the “magic” of Santa. In