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A Montessori Christmas

The blessing of receiving Jesus as a gift -- given in pure love, unexpected, unasked-for -- is what makes Christmas a time of deep joy. Suzanne Ross and her daughter Emily help parents and caregivers to kindle the special magic of Christmas for toddlers and young children with practical advice for how "less is more" when it comes to presents.

Let God (And People) Surprise You: An Advent Meditation

A priest's unexpected interpretation of a familiar text on the first Sunday of Advent took Lindsey Paris-Lopez by surprise, and helped her realize that we prepare room in our hearts for Jesus by opening up space for God and people to surprise us in moments of togetherness. "Maybe the Kingdom of God will be fully manifest and the world will be made new when we all cast off our judgment about where others have been or are going and focus on loving each other and cooperating together in the moment."