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  1. Dec 19,  · The moments filled with the season of wonder and joy. The decorating of the tree, writing letters to Santa, baking cookies while the pleasant aromas of almond and vanilla hung in the air, constructing the handcrafted gifts for those most loved and attending midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
  2. Take the Quiz: The ABCs of Christmas. General knowledge quiz of Christmas with a twist. The first question, all possible answers begin with a the second question, all possible answers begin with b, etc. All letters are represented except z.
  3. "Christmas is an event which is renewed in every family, parish and community which receives the love of God made incarnate in Jesus Christ. Like Mary, the Church shows to everyone the "sign" of God: the Child whom she bore in her womb and to whom she gave birth, yet who is the Son of the Most High, since he "is of the Holy Spirit" (Mt ).
  4. In England in , parliament banned Christmas, calling it “the Profane Man’s Ranting Day.” The Puritans disapproved of the Catholic implication of “Christ’s Mass” and the worldliness associated with the holiday. Even here in America, it was once AGAINST THE LAW to celebrate Christmas, and anyone caught doing so was fined.
  5. Go to any public school Christmas concert and you will notice the absence of traditional carols that relate to the real meaning of Christmas. Examples of extreme censorship of traditional Christmas displays, writings, symbols, and spoken words in our public schools are legion.
  6. At midnight, there are also families who attend to the church for a special Midnight Mass, called "Missa do galo"-"Rooster’s Mass", but it happens more in the interior, who are more religious. During the Christmas day Portuguese people visit the friends and family and have a big lunch normally with roast chicken, lamb or turkey.
  7. Take time this Christmas to sit down with your family either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to read the story of the first Christmas in the Bible. When our children were little we would have them add the individual pieces to our Nativity set as we read the story. As they have gotten older, we no longer put our wrapped gifts under the tree.
  8. Child fill your Heart on Christmas Day. Holy Family (16 Cards) Style #CC: $ Verse Inside: May the Holy Family bless you in a joyful, loving way bringing special hope and gladness to your home on Christmas Day. Holy Family A Model For All Families.

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