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6 ways to celebrate St. Stephen’s Day

6 ways to celebrate St. Stephen’s Day

Tomorrow is St. Stephen’s Day! At least, it’s tomorrow for us Orthodox folks. Other folks are keeping it today, and that’s okay. In the early Church, it was considered fitting that, on the second day of Christmas, we would celebrate the memory of the first martyr. And...

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9 steps to an autism-accessible home library

9 steps to an autism-accessible home library

When you love books, you want your children to love books, too. But Summer Kinard's kids are particularly rough on books. Instead of hiding books away from them, she figured out how to make a home library that works for them. Here, she explains the nine things she did...

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The Adventure of Father Evangelos: A snowy story for Christmas

The Adventure of Father Evangelos: A snowy story for Christmas

If you can find a copy of The Adventure of Father Evangelos, it may be just the book to put under the tree for a little one. It’s a bright, happy, colorful book, full of snow-covered evergreen trees and helpful animals. And the adventure all happens on one Christmas...

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A Miracle at Bates Memorial: A story of sensory kids at church

A Miracle at Bates Memorial: A story of sensory kids at church

If you have a sensory kid, a child who with sensory processing differences, your child may struggle with behavioral expectations at church. You may have worried that your child would have a complete and total meltdown at church. Your child may have actually had a...

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Three boys in a pickling tub

Three boys in a pickling tub

In Medieval Europe, the most common image of St. Nicholas shows him standing over three small children in a wooden tub. The image illustrates an odd story that was told and believed for centuries. The story began as the story of the three innocent men whom St....

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St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas

St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas

There are at least two versions of this folk tale about St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas. If you don’t know St. John Cassian you should. He was a theologian and deacon who worked with St. John Chrysostom. He brought monasticism from Egypt to the Western church. His...

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St. Nicholas, deliverer from famine

St. Nicholas, deliverer from famine

When Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, a great famine came over the land of Lycia. Hunger and death became familiar companions. The bishop prayed for his people, of course. But even he could not turn stones into bread. When Bishop Nicholas finished his prayers, he walked...

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St. Nicholas, patron of sailors

St. Nicholas, patron of sailors

There was another Nicholas, a sailor, who lived near the same time and place as Nicholas the Bishop of Myra. It's likely that some of the stories about St. Nicholas rescuing sailors were originally told about that St. Nicholas. But over time, the stories were...

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Some of my favorite Christmas picture books

Some of my favorite Christmas picture books

When my children were young, I gave them each a Christmas picture book on St. Nicholas Day. I'd wrap the books, and they'd find them at their seat at the breakfast table. I still love Christmas picture books. Here are a few of my favorites. (The book covers are...

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St. Nicholas takes the executioner’s sword

St. Nicholas takes the executioner’s sword

When my children were young, the story of St. Nicholas rescuing three innocent men from execution was their favorite of all of the stories of St. Nicholas. Like the story of the widower’s daughters, there is nothing miraculous about it — just fierce goodness. Because...

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St. Nicholas and Arius at the Council of Nicea

St. Nicholas and Arius at the Council of Nicea

Did St. Nicholas really slap Arius at the Council of Nicea? For a long time, I would have said, "Probably not." But I've changed my mind. Read the story, and see what you think. A return to Myra It had been a dozen years since Nicholas had walked out of the Emperor’s...

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St. Nicholas, the unwilling Bishop of Myra

St. Nicholas, the unwilling Bishop of Myra

St. Nicholas never wanted to be the Bishop of Myra. But God didn't give him a choice. The Road to Myra Nicholas was young and wealthy. In his home town of Patara, that was enough to make him something of a celebrity. He’d never thought about it one way or another....

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Charlotte Riggle    Sharing faith, hope, and picture books with Orthodox Christian families and parents of kids with special needs.

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