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December 19, 2015

One week left to sing Advent hymns! Browse online or in a hymnal and learn a new song as a family. “Savior of the Nations Come” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” have simple tunes.


December 18, 2015

Advent check-in #3: Are you spending more time praying or shopping for gifts this Advent? There’s nothing wrong with buying gifts, but there’s also still time left to make Advent prayerful and Christ-centered.


December 17, 2015

Walk or drive around your neighborhood to look at Christmas lights tonight. Afterwards over hot chocolate, read Isaiah 9:1-6 out loud: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. …”


December 16, 2015

Advent is a time of waiting, and waiting is hard! Sometimes we wait for something that may never come (restored health, financial security, a child, reconciliation). As Advent shows, what we are really waiting for is Christ, who never disappoints.


December 15, 2015

Acting out the Christmas story as a family (or group of families) is a great way to experience the beauty and power of Jesus’ Incarnation. If acting isn’t your strong suit, reading the Gospel narrative out loud makes it come alive in a fresh way, too.


December 14, 2015

If you are doing a cookie exchange this year, go as a family to share cookies and visit with shut-ins and people having a hard time this month.


December 13, 2015

“Have no anxiety at all, but…make your requests known to God.” (Phil 4:6) Do you pray together as a family about the things that cause you anxiety? Praying out loud lets you hear what is in the hearts of your spouse and children.


December 12, 2015

On Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day today, enjoy Mexican hot chocolate with your family and say a rosary together. Even better, say some of the prayers in Spanish. “Dios te salve, Maria…”


December 11, 2015

Advent check-in #2: Take a look at your schedule the next few weeks. Is your family “booked” or split up most evenings, or do you have time to be together? There’s still time to make Advent prayerful and peaceful.


December 10, 2015

Have you set up your Christmas tree yet? The USCCB website has a beautiful blessing for the Christmas tree that is well-suited for family prayer. www.usccb.org/advent


December 9, 2015

“Prayer increases the strength and spiritual unity of the family, helping the family to partake of God’s own ‘strength’.” – St. John Paul II, Letter to Families. A great encouragement to pray together as a family today!


December 8, 2015

A simple prayer for the Domestic Church today: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!” Meditate on an image of the Miraculous Medal today with your family.


December 7, 2015

Generosity is a virtue, but too often couples overspend around the holidays and rack up credit card debt. Simple gifts are great, as is time spent together (always free!).


December 6, 2015

“Although they go forth weeping…They shall come back rejoicing.” (Ps 126:6) Every marriage faces times of sorrow and weeping. Trust in the Lord’s care for you as you await the promised time of rejoicing.


December 5, 2015

Holiday traditions tip #2: Enjoy coming up with (and tweaking) your family’s unique holiday traditions, and don’t be afraid to try something completely new this year. Over time it will become clear which traditions are keepers and which become amusing family stories.


December 4, 2015

Holiday traditions tip #1: For newlyweds, blending each other’s Advent and Christmas traditions is fun but also challenging. Take time to learn what your spouse’s childhood traditions are, and why they matter to him or her.


December 3, 2015

St. Francis Xavier travelled the world teaching the Gospel. Some families are called to this, but all families are called to be missionaries to their own members and all whom they encounter. How can you share the Gospel today?


December 2, 2015

Shorter days in the winter can make people feel sluggish or even depressed, with negative effects on family life. Try to spend some time outdoors on sunny days and keep your home well-lit and cheerful.


December 1, 2015

When you receive Christmas cards in the mail, pray that evening for the people who sent the card. Display the cards visibly in your home to remember those family members and friends throughout Advent.


November 30, 2015

Advent check-in #1: Does your family have a plan for Advent this year? Even simple traditions like the Advent wreath and Christmas crèche help prepare your hearts and home for the coming of Jesus.


November 29, 2015

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from…the anxieties of daily life.” (Lk 21:34) Advent is a time of watchful expectation. What anxieties make you “drowsy”? Talk about them with your spouse, and pray for peace.


November 28, 2015

You may be starting to think about what to get your beloved for Christmas. Consider a “Gift of Words.” Put 10 (25, 5, whatever) reasons that you love your spouse on separate pieces of colored paper and put them in a jar or envelope. Voila! A priceless gift from the heart.


November 27, 2015

The Thanksgiving feast is over, the house full of stuff or people. Or perhaps you’re traveling. In the holiday hectic schedule have you thanked God for a house to gather in, food to share, family and friends with whom to share memories?


November 26, 2015

For most families, Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect. It’s also a time when in-laws often mix. Happy marriages benefit from healthy extended families. Seek to know at least one extended family member better today.


November 25, 2015

Fighting Fair Tip: Keep it current. One couple has the rule of thumb that any issue older than the milk in the refrigerator is no longer game. Recurring arguments usually mean that there’s something behind the presenting problem that irks the other.


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