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Build your own Saint Nicholas Day gift bags

Build your own Saint Nicholas Day gift bags

Updated for 2021! Friends, St. Nicholas Day is December 6. That's not as far off as it sounds. Especially this year, when plans are likely to be complicated by uncertainty. I can't predict the future for you. I don't have any way of knowing the impact of supply chains...

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All the Way to the Top: A story of the Capitol Crawl

All the Way to the Top: A story of the Capitol Crawl

I have two things to say about All the Way to the Top. First, this book is important, and every child should have a chance to read it. If you have a picture book shelf, this book should have a place on it. There really isn’t another book like it. Second, All the Way...

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Have a St. Nicholas party in July!

Have a St. Nicholas party in July!

If you're looking for something fun to do with your little ones this month, I have just the thing: The Nativity of St. Nicholas falls on July 29. You can have a party to celebrate St. Nicholas’s birthday! Here are three different St. Nicholas party themes for you to...

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A table where strangers are welcome

A table where strangers are welcome

I love words. Words are my toys, and they’re my tools. I think with them, I work with them, I play with them. I use them to interact with people, and I use them to understand the world. And while I’d like to say that I love all words equally, that’s not true. I have...

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Why I find the Sunday of the Paralytic disheartening

Why I find the Sunday of the Paralytic disheartening

Guest post by Monica Spoor The Sunday of the Paralytic is just behind us – it is in fact a week later – and I’ve had the week to discover that it made me upset again, and why. I’ve heard sermons on that Sunday for years, of course, and they’re not very different from...

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Rhubarb cookies for Pascha (or any time)

Rhubarb cookies for Pascha (or any time)

Before Holy Week, I had planned to make a half batch of honey bunnies for a Pascha treat. A whole batch would be too many for our family, and I wouldn't be taking them to church to share. So a half batch would do it. But when I went to the grocery on Holy Tuesday,...

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The complete list of multicultural Easter picture books

The complete list of multicultural Easter picture books

For over two thousand years now, people have celebrated Easter with great joy and a dazzling variety of traditions. And it seems natural that the joy and the traditions would find their way into picture books. It would be natural, but it’s not common. When I created...

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Celebrating Holy Week and Pascha at home

Celebrating Holy Week and Pascha at home

Updated April 2022 Some of us will once again be celebrating Holy Week and Pascha at home instead of at church this year. And if we focus on what we usually do, what we want to do, what we can't do, it may once again feel like we’re not having Holy Week and Pascha at...

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Pascha gifts during a pandemic

Pascha gifts during a pandemic

Updated for Pascha 2022 Pascha is less than three weeks away! Maybe you haven't had time to go shopping yet, or maybe you don't like to go out to the stores during Lent. Or maybe the pandemic means it's still not safe for you to go shopping in person. But you still...

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ADHD in The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane

ADHD in The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane

The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane is the story of Theophane, a young monk in a monastery in the mountains of Mourne, in Ireland, in the Middle Ages. Author C.M. Millen doesn’t say that Theophane has ADHD. It would be an absurd thing for her to say, an outrageous...

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Lent when you have disabilities in the family

Lent when you have disabilities in the family

I can tell Lent is coming. I’ve heard the stories of Zacchaeus, and the Publican and the Pharisee, and the Prodigal Son. I’ve been warned about the sheep and the goats. I’ve done some serious menu planning, to make sure we use up the foods that we aren’t going to eat...

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When Pope Leo met Attila the Hun

When Pope Leo met Attila the Hun

The meeting between St. Leo the Great, Pope of Rome, and Attila the Hun was brief. The story of what led up to that meeting takes somewhat longer to tell. It started in the year 450. Honoria, the older sister of Valentinian III, emperor of the western Roman Empire,...

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THE MAGIC OF BOOKS

Share the joy of the Pascha through the magic of a book: Catherine's Pascha.

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Charlotte Riggle, author of Catherine's Pascha and The Saint Nicholas Day Snow, is a silver sponsor of Multicultural Children's Book Day

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