10 Christmas Movies To Watch With The Family During Advent

The conversation between the wise professor and the older Pevensie children, Peter and Susan, is a gold mine for discussion points. As they describe their sister’s insistence on the magical world in the wardrobe he asks them if she is normally the truthful one. Of course their response is yes, and he points to her character being an indicator that what she is saying is therefore likely to be true. No matter how fantastical.

Children's Prayer Book · The Feast of Saint Nicholas

Children’s Prayer to Saint Nicholas (Free Printout)

This prayer focuses on Saint Nicholas’s witness to Truth and his mission to save souls, as well as his charity and care for children. There’s an image for little ones to colour in their own individual prayer book. My children will be colouring in the picture as I get dinner ready on the eve of Saint Nicholas’ feast, then they can read the prayer as grace or before bed.

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20 Ways To Keep Christ in Christmas

I know that Christmas can leave one with the sense of an opportunity missed as if the Divine has escaped me. It can be as if I am a colleague of the Wise Men. I’ve spent my time staring at and studying the stars, but when the most significant astrological event in history occurs and I'm distracted. By focusing on the Christ Child it reorders your soul towards accepting the peace that the season heralds and the justice to our fellow man that it demands.

The Feast of Saint Nicholas

15 St Nicholas Facts For His Feast

1 Where was he from? Nicholas was born in Patara in A.D. 270 and served as Bishop of Myra, both seaport towns off Turkey’s southern coast where he lived all his life dying in 345. You may know Myra as the place that St. Paul passed through on his way to stand trial in Rome. St.… Continue reading 15 St Nicholas Facts For His Feast

Advent · The Feast of Saint Nicholas

How Do You Deal With Santa Clause As A Christian?

A story was in the news a few years ago; a mother wrote to Sports Direct to complain. Her husband and their ten year old son where in the shop when she complained an assistant informed her son that Father Christmas was dead, and had been buried in Turkey where his bones had been found. She… Continue reading How Do You Deal With Santa Clause As A Christian?


Why and How to Fast in the Little Lent of Advent

A few years ago my agnostic husband and I decided to fast before Christmas. The year before we'd been struck by how much Christmas did not seem like Christmas anymore, you know? When we were young it was exciting to have your favourite foods. but now we control the purse and society is so much richer (this was before the big financial crash) apart from uniquely festive food we didn't just have everything, we indulged regularly. So we decided to go without throughout Advent. Then when we feasted it felt so much more special!


20 Songs and Carols for Advent

Although 20 is a little controversial... I’ve tried to include a mixture of classic carols and more modern songs in this list. Hopefully there will be old and new family favourites. If you enjoy this post why don’t you look in the Christmastide and Advent tags for ideas that have already beeen published and hit… Continue reading 20 Songs and Carols for Advent


Christmas Tree Blessing; Free Printout

Did you know you can bless your Christmas tree? I didn't; and I can't wait to take advantage of the knowledge this year. Just a few notes on the tree itself... One of the earliest stories relating to the Christmas tree is that of the eighth-century Catholic missionary, Saint Boniface. He cut down an oak… Continue reading Christmas Tree Blessing; Free Printout

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10 Ways to Keep Christ in Your Christmas Decorations

Advent hasn’t started yet, but every mother likes to be prepared for Christmas. Those of you who follow the blog know that I like to celebrate the liturgical year, crafting decor to celebrate the great feasts of the Church (by the way, if you don’t already I’d love it if you subscribed). Some of you may not be great crafters or even have the time to craft though, so I thought I’d share some ideas I’ve found around the web to focus on the reason for the season.