Bringing Christ Back into Christmas

Three lessons from Mary and Joseph on preparing our hearts to truly celebrate Christ this holiday season.

It starts earlier and earlier every year, the hype and commercialism. Christmas stuff and Halloween gore side-by-side in stores. Ads, articles, commercials and movies all conspiring, seemingly, to make us think we’re missing out on the perfect Christmas. 

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Five-Hand Christmas!

A gift-giving strategy that’s down to earh – and good for it, and your wallet!

“Merry and bright, this year? With all the economic woes, possible lockdowns, steadily increasing inflation, unrest, instability, and supply chain shortages? A bright and merry Christmas really does seem inconceivable this year. In fact, even celebrating Christmas in the midst of all this seems almost crazy, let alone trying to make it merry and bright! And Christmas gifts? What a distressing thought!

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St. Martin’s Day and Italy’s Roman Summer

After San Martino’s Day, you can be sure that winter will start marching our way…

San Martino is celebrated on November 11, the day of his burial in Tours, France. But San Martino also refers to the unseasonably warm weather Italy usually enjoys in the month’s first half! Which, according to folklore, is due to a good deed this Roman saint performed.

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