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What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.- Agnes M. Pharo

The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.- Helen Keller

There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas.- Henry Van Dyke

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."- W.T.Ellis

Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.- Lenore Hershey

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; the spirit of Christmas which is peace; the heart of Christmas which is love.- Ada V. Hendricks

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.- Winston Churchill

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.- Charles Dickens

Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving.- J. C. Penney ("Christmas Thoughts")

Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child.- William Saroyan

Christmas, my child, is love in action. ... Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.- Dale Evans Rogers

Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.- Joan Winmill Brown

For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.- W. J. Tucker

Mankind is a great, an immense family... This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.- Pope John XXIII

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?- Bob Hope

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


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What is Advent?

What is Advent?

Advent? What is 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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