Christmas

Mary visited by the angel
Holiday Prayers

How to Praise God, Just Like Mary

A closer look at the Magnificat, as we prepare for Christ’s birth

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An illustration of an open devotional and a festive mug; Illustration by Coco Masuda
People Helping People

Someone Cares: Devoted

Her extra devotional and prayers now helps her former student far from home.

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An illustration of cards and craft supplies; Illustration by Coco Masuda
People Helping People

Someone Cares: Warm Wishes Go Around

How she recycled her own Christmas cards to bring holiday cheer to each of her students.

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An illustration of a family holiday dinner; Illustration by Coco Masuda
People Helping People

Someone Cares: The Gift of Kindness

Instead of receiving gifts, she asked her family to spread kindness to those in need.

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Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth; photo by Larsen&Talbert
Stories of Faith

Kristin Chenoweth: The Gift That Taught Her the Meaning of Christmas

As a teen, the award-winning actress and singer wanted Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, but the gift she received instead proved to be much more meaningful.

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Edwina Perkins; photo by Grant Halverson
Stories of Hope

A Kenyan Christmas: Hot Weather, Elaborate Costumes and a Live Elephant

The family was on a mission trip in Africa for the holidays. Could they find joy and embrace new traditions so far from home?

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Advent candles burning in a church
Seasonal Devotions

Spirit Lifting: Bringing Our Brokenness to Him at Christmas

This devotion reminds us that peace, joy and hope can be ours if we turn to Jesusat Christmas and all year round.

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Christmas lights in Leavenworth, Washington; credit: Inge Johnsson/Alamy
Travel

Greetings from Small-Town America: Leavenworth, Washington

This Washington mountain town, modeled after a Bavarian village and home of the Nutcracker Museum, attracts millions of visitors—at Christmas and all year round.

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A child dressed as an angel for a Christmas pageant; Getty Images
Stories of Hope

Everyday Blessings: Let Kids Shine

Lifestyle expert Katie Brown shares how her church’s Christmas pageant helped some kids excel in unexpected ways.

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Singer, comedian, and songwriter Mark Lowry; photo courtesy Mark Lowry
Music

The Story of a Song: Mary, Did You Know?

Roberta Messner explores the origin of Mark Lowry’s classic Christmas song about the birth of Jesus.

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