Include a “Lowly Manger”

Now, where to place the nativity scene? I put my best nativity set on top of the piano out of reach of curious little hands. I also place a less expensive and less fragile set on the coffee table so … Continue reading

Coloring pages to teach about Advent

Most children enjoy coloring – not only young children, but children at heart – whose ages can be counted by decades. Let’s consider coloring our way through Advent this Christmas season and use the coloring pages to help us focus … Continue reading

Look, Listen, and Love

When I was a young teen, I started a club with some of my high school girlfriends. We named the club The AGCs, which stood for The All-Girls Club–a simple name for a club comprised of ordinary teenagers with an extraordinary purpose: … Continue reading

My Reading Hat: The Power of Ritual in a Child’s Life

Children thrive on ritual. Just think back to your own childhood. Did you recite the same prayer every night before falling asleep? What about asking your mother to read the same book over and over again “just one more time”? … Continue reading

My “Once-in-a-Lifetime” Grandmother

“A house needs a grandma in it.”—Louisa May Alcott Nonna Anna stepped into my seven-year-old life with laughter, love, and lore. As the day of her arrival from Italy approached, my heart swelled with excitement and anticipation. It would be … Continue reading