Holidays

Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Embracing the Reality of Christmas

Rediscover the joy and wonder of the Christmas season as storyteller Al Andrews shares a dramatic reading of his narrative called A Walk One Winter Night, in which a man goes for a wintery evening walk and experiences an epiphany while contemplating a manger scene on a neighbor's lawn.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Relishing the Christmas Season

Author Alexandra Kuykendall explains how wives and moms can develop realistic expectations for Christmas and enjoy the season by scheduling well, spending wisely, and connecting with God.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

Thanks to a Stranger

Thanksgiving can bring families together – sometimes even complete strangers. Jim Daly shares a Thanksgiving story that shows that kindness is sometimes all it takes to turn a complete stranger into a friend.

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Hands are shown writing a wish list with packages all around them

Series

Celebrating Christmas

Enjoy Christmas for the right reasons as you celebrate what Jesus did for you and your family.

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A boy and girl sit on a sofa with party hats and streamers. The boy is blowing a noisemaker.

Article

Celebrate the New Year

various authors

As you and your family ring in the new year, consider these ideas for getting your year off to a great start!

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Family Opening Gifts For Christmas

Article

Have the Christmas You Really Want

Alexandra Kuykendall

How to make the most of the season by doing a little less

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A very young girl is staring into the top of a lit jack-o-lanter

Series

Halloween and Harvest Parties

What is the best alternative for a fall celebration for your family — Halloween, harvest parties, or something else? And what can you do with all the candy you get during the autumn season? 

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candy corn and ceramic pumpkin on wooden table

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Candy and Pumpkins

various authors

Get ideas for approaching October's harvest season with mindfulness, while still keeping true to your family's standards.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Finding True Joy at Christmas

In celebration of Christmas, Phil and Kay Robertson of the hit reality TV show Duck Dynasty share heartwarming and funny holiday stories from their famous family, and their faith in Jesus who is the true reason for the season.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

Christmas Fruit Cake

Years from now, it won’t be the Christmas gifts that you’ll remember.  It’ll be all the memories you created.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

The Real Saint Nick

If I asked your children to tell me about Santa Claus, what would they say? I know there are many ways parents have told their children about this "jolly old elf", but however you've approached it in your family, be sure to tell your kids about the real Saint Nick.

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A boy stands in front of a nativity scene

Article

Advent—A Countdown to Christmas

various authors

Advent is a fun, faith-filled way to keep the family focused on Jesus, even as you countdown to Christmas Day!

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Article

O Holy Night Advent Wreath

Chris Brack

Make your own Advent wreath. Then get 23 Scripture readings, devotions and pieces to build your own Nativity set! Also get directions for how to create an Advent wreath.

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Illustration of a family of eight seating around a holiday dining table

Article

A "Relative" Challenge

Bill Maier

How do you handle a difficult relative at a family gathering?

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Illustration of a husband and wife standing and looking at a nativity manger set in their living room

Article

Crowding the Manger

Marcy Hires

What does your Nativity say about you?

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Fun Illustration of new year resolution list

Article

50 Guilt-Free Resolutions

TF Edwords

Resolutions can enrich and enliven your family life. Try these (guilt not included).

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Boy and girl looking out window at the snow

Article

In the Small and Ordinary

Ann Voskamp

Catch glimpses of the miraculous in unexpected places.

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Illustration of a little girl looking overwhelmed by a Christmas gathering with many toys, packages, cameras and relatives

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Calming the Holiday Din

Karen Crum

Simplify Christmas for kids with sensory sensitivities.

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Baby waving American flag

Article

Freedom & Faith

Rebecca Hagelin

American liberties are based on Christian principles. As Christians, we should teach our children to be enthusiastic citizens.

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Illustration of a mother standing in front of a flower garden spot surrounded by her family

Article

The 'Perfect' Mother's Day

Jill Savage

As you sort through your unmet expectations on Mother’s Day, realize that you may play a part in fueling your disappointments.

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Mother praying outdoors with son

Article

Why the Easter Story Still Matters: A Perspective From the Holy Land

Callie Mitchell

Children's hearts are easily touched by the Easter story. Being intentional about refocusing on Christ's resurrection power can show your children that they can invite the Lord's peace into their circumstances.

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A dad at the front door, dressed as a shepherd

Article

Baby Jesus

various authors

Help your kids celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

Plan for the Holidays

Family get-togethers are supposed to be a big part of the reason we experience joy during the holidays.  But it often doesn’t work that way.

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