Faith and Family

Christmas Eve: A Catholic Family Advent


All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” —Matthew 1:22–23


My favorite moment of every Advent is watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and getting to the scene where Linus recites the story of Jesus’s birth from the Gospel of Luke. It puts the whole season into perspective. The signs and bumper stickers that read “Jesus is the reason for the season” are absolutely right. All that we celebrate during this Christmas season began with that birth so many years ago in a manger in Bethlehem.

Talk Together

What has been your favorite thing about this Advent season?


Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of your Son.


Sometime today, gather together and read the story of Jesus’s birth in Luke 2:1–20.

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