Anticipation and Advent

As a child, I remember anticipating Christmas as Advent began. Each week as my parents brought me and my siblings to Mass and we witnessed the lighting of the community’s Advent wreath, the flame of anticipation was stoked in my heart. Of course, part of that was looking forward to the toys I would...

Advent-plus

Last weekend I got out the ladder and joined my neighbors in our annual campaign to dress up our street for Christmas. Our Jewish neighbors understandably abstain from Christmas decorations, but they’ll certainly bring refreshments to the neighborhood party. We’ve got a great sense of community...

St. Nicholas: The Original Santa Claus

St. Nicholas lived in Myra, a city in the province of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) during the fourth century. His parents died when he was a teenager and left him with quite a bit of money. Nicholas then went to live with his uncle, who was a priest. At some point, Nicholas became aware of a man who had...