Family Traditions Archive
The stress of family gatherings over the holidays is enough to bring out the Grinch in all of us, but perhaps this year’s crush of Thanksgiving/Hanukah/Advent might provide some insight for dealing with December and everything after.
Trish Bolster reflects upon a Feast of the Holy Family memory and the blessing of her own "Holy Family".
Suggestions for ringing in the New Year in your home, with specific ideas for celebrating with toddlers and preschoolers. Happy New Year!
Pay no attention to the yards of yellow tape currently draped around our home, and don’t worry—it doesn’t indicate a crime scene—but possibly something just as ugly—a construction site. Make that a “Holiday” construction site! Regardless of
As I head out for a weekend in Georgia, to celebrate my parents’ 50th anniversary, I wanted to leave with you a recipe I usually make for a small group of friends the third weekend of each
My mom was the best home economics teacher I could ask for. While she wasn’t my actual teacher for family and consumer sciences courses, she was most instrumental in demonstrating how a wife truly is the heart
Walking past Christmas lights downtown, I was brought back to the memories of celebration from my childhood during this beautiful season. Although not Catholic, I have nostalgic memories sitting at dinner, remembering the Christmas story as we
The liturgical calendar is one of the many beautiful elements of the Catholic Church. All of the great solemnities, feasts, and memorials we observe throughout the year serve to make faith come alive in our hearts. The
Even though I am an adult, I still await Christmas morning as eagerly as any pajama-clad child. By the time dawn breaks on December 25th, I have spent weeks either covertly or overtly gathering gift ideas from
I know that some people don’t allow their children to believe in the Santa myth for a variety of reasons. My parents fell into this category. But, when my children were little, I decided to allow them
It’s time for Advent. I love this time of year, because for our family, it really is a time that we continually look for Christ. Our whole month is scheduled with this purpose in mind. (If only
Joyful family life comes from a family culture of gratitude. And joy begets joy. It is a fact of human nature that we move toward what we focus on. That knowledge alone is a significant tool in
Spring is the time for shopping for that especially appropriate, but also surprisingly unique gift to memorialize the Sacrament of First Communion. Until recently this was a daunting prospect for me, because I am not an avid
This summer, my children had an extended stay with Grandma and Grandpa, while John and I attended the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers Convention. Four children, ages 10 – 2 could have felt lonely or insecure
“I like being Catholic.” “Well, who wouldn’t?” Banter between my ten year old and his almost eight year old brother, as we prepare for a much loved, comfortable Advent ritual. May be a tradition as simple as