It’s that time again…(sticky post…scroll down for regular programming!)

Advent is upon us! I invite you to join me this December in reclaiming Advent. Don’t give in to the busy-ness that steamrolls right over the holy hush of this beautiful season…the materialism that turns off the Christmas carols on December 26th, when Christmas has only, finally, just arrived. Here’s a video I recorded for…

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Nothing Says “Christmas” like a Gingerbread House

It’s one of the critical memories of my childhood. No year went by without gingerbread–it was the single indispensable Christmas cookie. And not very many went by without some sort of gingerbread construction. Well, last Saturday, our daily Advent activity was…making a gingerbread house with Grandma! Sorry you can’t smell it (or taste it. But the…

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Friday Advent Adventures: Kids, Service, and the Season

One of the fundamental underpinnings of everything I’m trying to get at during Advent is that it’s not all about us. But it’s a tricky thing to find the right balance of service, spiritual growth, and fun. Service, as I’ve noted in the past, can actually be really fun, but only if you don’t overdo…

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Motherhood Moments in Pictures

One thing about Advent activities: it translates to a lot of “moments” with your children. Moments like feeding goats, camels, and a wildebeest (I kid you not): Moments like watching my son ride a camel: Or how about getting to share a brand new baby cousin with them? Then there are the ubiquitous pictures with…

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Confessions of an Advent Zombie

It seems ironic to me that in this season of Advent—the Advent I’ve spent two years preparing for, the one in which I’m doing four radio interviews, four periodical interviews, countless blog entries, and five book signings to help families move toward a less crazed, more relaxing, and holy Advent season—that in this season, it…

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Friday Advent Adventures: Chrismon

I thought by the time I’d done enough research to write a book, a dozen or two blog posts, and a research-heavy article, I’d know about everything there is to know about Advent and Christmas. Well, guess what? Thanksgiving weekend, I learned something new, and very cool. My mother-in-law and I were looking at Christmas…

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Friday Advent Adventures: The Advent calendar

Welcome to Friday Advent Adventures! For the next three Fridays, we’re going to break open a topic and compare notes from our experiences in reclaiming Advent. (The fourth Friday is Christmas Eve, and even I’m not bigheaded enough to think you all want to talk Advent with me on Christmas Eve.) This week, let’s talk…Advent calendars! As…

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