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Introduction


Part 1: Last Days of Advent

Blow Ye the Trumpe
The Heart and Center of the Christmas Mystery
The "O Antiphons"
Christmas Novena
Make Ready the Way of the Lord
Preparing the Gifts
Christmas Decorations
Christmas Greens
The Tree Decorations
Christmas Crib
Christmas Cookery


PART 2: The Vigil of Christmas

Be Ye Lifted Up
In the Morning You Shall See His Glory
Decorating the Tree
Blessing of a Christmas Tree
The Christmas Wreath
Christmas Eve Supper
No Room in the Inn
Enthroning the Child
Christmas Eve Prayers
The Exchange of Gifts


PART 3: Christmas Day

Christmas Theme Song
The Christmas Masses
Christmas Music and Stories
Christmas Drama for the Home
The Christ-Candle
The Christ-Guest
Christmas Meal Prayers


PART 4: Christmas to Epiphany

The Days Between Christmas and Epiphany
Christmas Night Prayers at the Crib
St. Stephen's Day
St. John's Day
The Holy Innocents
New Year's Eve
New Year's Day


PART 5: Epiphany

Be Enlightened
The Meaning of Epiphany
Epiphany in the Parish
Epiphany in the Home
Epiphany in the Apostolic Group
"The Wise Men"--An Epiphany
Legend A Christmas Play


Acknowledgments


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What is Advent?

What is Advent?

Advent? What is it all about

The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking ... continue reading

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Christmas Story explained

To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role."132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace... continue reading

Mary, Mother of God

Mary Speaks From the Heart

A surprised Mary is afraid
A perplexed Mary is confused
An astonished Mary is faithful

A Young Mother Gives Birth

Making a difficult Journey
Facing difficult circumstances
The Fruit of Thy Womb...

Mary Remembers

The Angel's Visit
The conversation with Joseph
The Visit to Elizabeth

Jesus, Beloved Son

A Birth Foretold

God speaks to Adam
Isaiah speaks to Israel
An Angel Speaks to Joseph

The Witnesses Gather

Watched from Heaven
Watched from Darkness
Watched by Man

The Plan Unfolds

Not just any child
Not just any destiny
Not just any result


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Daily Scripture Readings for Advent

Advent Daily Readings

The weeks of Advent remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. The Bible readings listed below relate to the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah. continue reading


Build Family Tradition

Ideas to Make Your Christmas Special

Establish a Tradition
Involve Everyone, all ages
Open your door to others

Traditions From Around The World

The message of Christmas is that
the visible material world is bound to the
invisible spiritual world.

Christmas Quotes

Great cultures Celebrate Christ
Gift Giving is Universal
Great Stories and Quotes



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By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

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Adorable video shows children hilariously explain the story of Christmas Watch

Image of The 'Christmas According to Kids' video has gone viral.

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