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Keeping Christmas Focused on Christ

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Keeping Christmas Focused on Christ

By Anne Metz

Teaching CCD for the past few years, I’ve encountered more than a few young children who had no idea that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. It’s easy to see how this can happen. So much of what they are exposed to focuses on just the secular aspects of Christmas: the presents, the tree, the movies, commercials, and Elf on the Shelf, just to name a few.

If that is all they are seeing and hearing about Christmas, of course that will be their understanding of it. None of those things are inherently bad, but they don’t teach kids that Jesus is the reason for the season. So it’s up to us as parents to make that clear to them.

The good news is, this is not as difficult as you may think. In fact, you can keep on doing what you normally do for Christmas while highlighting Jesus’ birth. Here’s how:

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It's Never Too Late to Start Celebrating Advent!

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It's Never Too Late to Start Celebrating Advent!

By Colleen Pressprich 

Maybe you’ve never celebrated Advent before. Maybe you used to, but you’re in survival mode and you don’t think you’ll manage to make it look like it did before. Maybe you’re curious, but dang those Pinterest boards and Instagram accounts are intimidating. If you fit into any of those categories, this post is for you.

I’m here to tell you that it’s never too late to start Advent traditions, and not only that, it’s easy to do.  

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Four Simple Ways to Cultivate a Thankful Heart in Your Children

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Four Simple Ways to Cultivate a Thankful Heart in Your Children

By Anne Metz

The Bible tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Not only that, but the Bible reminds us to be thankful over 150 times! This is a perfect time of year to cultivate thankful hearts in our children. Here are four simple ways to do just that.

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Three Ways to Encourage Families with Young Children at Mass

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Three Ways to Encourage Families with Young Children at Mass

By Lindsay Schlegel

For over a decade, I have been bringing my young children to Mass, not only on Sundays, but often during the week as well. There are certain developmental stages each of my children has been through. There have also been particular joys and struggles with each child. As challenging as it can be to bring kids to Mass (and to be honest, I’m in a somewhat challenging stage right now!), I am confident of the fruit, both for the children and for the parish community.

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Explaining Purgatory to Children

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Explaining Purgatory to Children

By Colleen Pressprich

November is the month that we as Catholics set aside to pray for the dead. More specifically, we are praying for the souls in Purgatory. It’s a word that most, if not all, Catholics are familiar with, but one that some might be hard-pressed to explain, especially to children.

Here’s some information that might help you to teach your children about this very important doctrine:

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