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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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