Christmas Morning Memories

By Sarah McDonald

One of my favorite things about Christmas now is to experience it through my children’s eyes. I know it is cliché, but watching their wonder and joy and excitement fills me with joy and a sense of magic.

As a child, I loved Christmas, but remember as I got older it lost some of its magic (I became the sister in The Polar Express who grew older and couldn’t hear the bell ringing anymore). Read More

Why do we have to go to Mass while on vacation?

By Kristy Solis

“Why do we have to go to Mass while we are on vacation,” my 7-year-old daughter pleaded when we were out of town.
At first, I was annoyed that she would even ask this question. My initial reaction (unspoken) “It is a matter of conviction! We always go to Mass, even if we are out of town!” Read More

Tempted to Go It Alone

By Stacy LaMorte

Certainly, as Catholic parents, we have thought about similarities in the way that God loves us as we love our own children. It is that unconditional love that you couldn’t possibly fathom before becoming a parent yourself.

I really thought when I was a teacher of fourth and fifth graders in California – back in my single days – that the way that I loved my students must be the way it feels to be a parent. Read More

O Come O Come Emmanuel

By Casey Sprehe

The holiday season is crazy. Crazy loud, crazy fast paced, crazy packed with events to attend.
Ironic that the Lord asks us at this time to slow down, be quiet and wait patiently on Him.
The Catholic faith is filled with traditions and ways to enter into the Advent season with more intentionality. Read More

What Child is This?

By Leslie Bertucci

For as long as I can remember, Advent has been my favorite liturgical season. Even as a child, I loved the joyful anticipation, the sure hope that SOMETHING BIG is coming; SOMEONE is coming.

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Celebrating St. Nick

By Ana Borden

The fondest memory I have of grade school occurred a few decades ago on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas’ feast day.

I recall my teacher announcing that they could hear St. Nick arrive and that we should put our heads down on our desk, cover our ears and eyes and be very, very quiet.

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It’s Not All About the Gifts

By Gaby Smith

“What do you want for Christmas?” I’ve heard this question every year since I can remember.

My answers went from Barbie’s Dream House to a new vacuum cleaner.

It’s funny how things change. The older I’ve gotten, the more I realized, it’s not all about the gifts (although it may be challenging to get out of this mindset).

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Cyberbullying is big issue

By Kim Roberts

Being parents to three children, my husband and I have tried to protect them from those that would harm them. We talked to them about not taking to strangers, the importance of the buddy system, trusting their instincts, good and bad touch and practicing the golden rule.

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Awaiting a child is a joyful experience

By Ty Salvant

“Joyfully waiting” has multiple meanings in our house this Advent.

While the Salvants are anxiously awaiting the birth of Jesus, we are also awaiting the birth of our sixth child around Dec. 21.

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The traditions of Advent begin with us

By Kristen Bourgeois
As Advent approaches, my husband and I were discussing what advent traditions our families had while we were growing up.
We are a young family with a 2-year-old, and we want to be more intentional this Advent season in preparing our hearts for the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.

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I Only Allow This One Thing in Church

By Gaby Smith

When my son was a toddler, I would allow him to bring toys to Mass to keep him occupied and still. This turned into a messy and noisy ordeal. Toy planes and cars were everywhere in the pew.

What was worse, is that these were wooden pews. Let’s just say all eyes were on us from time to time (or at least that’s how I felt). Read More