Joyful Advent&Christmas

11 Christmas hymns & songs that are even better on YouTube (VIDEO)

These soulful classics will bring you Christmas cheer, and maybe even a little peace and goodwill, too.

A sneak peek at the Vatican Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square (PHOTOS)

Nothing ignites the spirit of Christmas time like the tree in St. Peter's Square, which will be illuminated next week.

Why my family celebrates St. Nick instead of Santa

I decided I'd had enough of Santa after several years of watching Mr. Claus cheat Baby Jesus out of the Christmas Day limelight.

Deliciously festive Christmas cakes for you & yours

10 crowd-pleasing cakes to serve at your holiday party, or with Christmas eve dinner. Your kids will love #5: a reindeer cake!

12 DIY Christmas wreath crafts

12 perfect circles, starting with a pretty partridge in a pear tree. Well, pear wreath, actually.

12 creative ways your family can serve others this holiday

Fun little acts of Christmas kindness that are so simple your kids can help.

7 counter-cultural ways to win Advent

The first time I attempted to observe Advent, declaring at the start of the season that this December would be different, I flopped. Now I do 7 things that make all the difference.

3 Advent rituals to embrace the season

If we let it, Advent can become a time of intense encounter with God as we condition our hearts to be open to his coming in all forms.

5 family Advent traditions to comfort you in this season of ‘buy’

Advent is a joyful time of year that often gets overlooked in the rush to Christmas. Here are five beautiful ways to observe this most…

Your guide to the most joyful Advent & Christmas yet!

Let us inspire you with meaningful family traditions, a renewed spiritual mindset, daily prayer habits, as well as great ideas for family gatherings, recipes, decorations and more.

12 adorable DIY Advent calendars for your family

Easy homemade touches to remind your children of the beauty of Advent.

Welcoming Advent with simplicity & meaning

If you feel like your Advent is more about the coming of more stuff and more commitments instead of about the coming of Jesus, here are three easy ways to simplify and refocus your priorities.

17 festive fireplace ideas for the holidays

Smart décor tricks and shopping tips for a gorgeous winter mantel. Your hearth is about to feel even more homey.

How to throw a messy, awkward, diverse, real-life party (sorry, Instagram)

My parties are never very “Instagrammable,” but gathering such a diverse group of people provides extraordinary benefits.

5 ways to make food allergy sufferers feel welcome at your holiday table

Catering for those with dietary restrictions doesn't have to be problematic. Follow these great tips to make your Thanksgiving meal a rewarding experience for guests…