Seasonal


6 'Secular' Christmas Symbols That Are Powerfully Christian

The spirit of Jesus is everywhere during the Christmas season, even in the most unexpected places, like Christmas trees and Santa Claus. While some people believe these symbols have pagan roots, Christians can take heart knowing that these are very much symbols of God’s love for us.
Let’s explore this further by looking at six “secular” [...]

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The Meaning Behind the Christmas Tree in Christianity

The Christmas tree is more Christian than you think. While some believe the tree is purely secular and rooted in pagan tradition, many Catholics believe the Christmas tree was embraced with the Gospel. Let’s take a look at the long history of the Christmas tree and its role in both Christian and pagan celebrations.
Ancient Pre-Christian [...]

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27 Sugar-Free Advent Calendar Filler Ideas Your Kids Will Love

When we think of Advent calendars we think of counting down the days to the birth of Jesus, and the daily chocolate treat that typically comes with it. But what are your alternatives if your child can’t eat sugar or chocolate, or you simply want to have a healthier Advent option? Fortunately, there are plenty [...]

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21 Advent Calendar Ideas that Celebrate Family

Create an extra-memorable Advent this year by giving your loved ones a small token of your appreciation every day. This could be something fun to do together or a gift that may only cost a few dollars. Below we share a few of our favorite ideas.
7 Advent Gifts that Are Perfect for Everyone
1. Coupons [...]

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Enrich Your Christmas Season by Honoring the Themes of Each Week of Advent

The anticipation of a wonderful event can almost be as delicious as its arrival. So it is with Advent season. As we move closer to the birth of Jesus, hope, faith and excitement grows. This is why each week of Advent has a theme that reflects these emotions that certainly must have been felt thousands [...]

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How to Celebrate a Traditional Advent Season

 Advent isn’t just for church. Bring home the celebration  of Christ’s birth, and keep Jesus at the center of your holiday activities, with fun family activities and centuries-old traditions. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
4 Common Advent Traditions
Over the centuries, Advent traditions heightened the excitement of the birth of Christ through activities [...]

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The Rich Meaning of Advent: The History Behind a Centuries-Old Celebration

When you celebrate Advent, you are joining a proud lineage of faithful Catholics from as early as the fourth century and beyond.
However, when Advent began more than a millennium ago, it looked nothing like it does today. Back then, Advent practices focused mostly on fasting, according to the Catholic Education Resource Center, although they admit [...]

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How to Use the Symbols of Advent to Keep Jesus at the Center of the Season

If you ever feel overwhelmed with the commercialization of the holidays, focus on the symbols that surround you which are a reminder of the coming of our Lord Jesus.
Consider Philippians 4:8:
“Finally, brothers, let your minds be filled with everything that is true, everything that is honorable, everything that is upright and pure, everything that we [...]

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All About Advent: Traditions that Put Jesus at the Center of the Christmas Season

From Thanksgiving to January, we can become overwhelmed with the busyness of Christmas preparations and too easily forget the reason for the season: the birth of our beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
If you are eager to make Christ’s birth the focus of Christmas festivities from the very start of the holidays ,it may be [...]

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7 Ideas for Celebrating Lent Your Way

The Lenten season of reflection, prayer, fasting and simple living will arrive on Feb. 14, 2018. How do you plan to celebrate the season?
 
Everyone has their own way of celebrating Lent—and if you’re looking to start some new traditions or need a little inspiration, Leaflet Missal can help. Below you’ll find seven ideas for celebrating [...]

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