Sharing Advent content.

Advent season is on its way! But for most people who are not committed to faith, it’s just the season of preparing for the holidays. They very likely won’t be using an Advent wreath or attending a reconciliation service to get ready for Christmas — their minds are on holiday travel, time with family, and purchasing gifts. 

We want to meet those people in this season of preparation to address their concerns and invite them to see the deeper meaning in this time of year. We want to focus on the Catholic values from the Advent season that can speak to them and invite them to something more — themes of family, light, hope, waiting, avoiding consumerism, and peace. 

Here is some of our top content on Advent and preparing for the holiday season.


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How to Cope with Depression During the Holidays

7 Ways to Manage Your Mental Health This Holiday Season

What a Martyred Priest Can Teach Us About Advent This Year

5 Priceless Gifts We Forget To Give

Social copy [IG]: The most valuable gift you can give this #holidayseason is — wait for it — yourself. It may sound cheesy, but it’s amazing how meaningful the simple act of offering your undivided time and attention to someone can be. Chances are, you matter a lot more to them a pair of fuzzy socks would. For more ideas, read “5 Priceless Gifts We Forget To Give” by @GrottoNetwork.

[Twitter&FB]: Strapped for cash this #holiday season? Give these #priceless gifts to the people in your life (and yourself). via @GrottoNetwork

Easy Self-Care Practices to Manage Holiday Stress

Social copy [IG]: Between family events, gathering with friends, and seemingly endless shopping, the holidays are definitely a busy time. With so much to do and celebrate, it’s important to take some time for yourself. While there is plenty of reason for joy in the Christmas season, the stress of to-do lists can get to us if we let it. Read “Easy Self-Care Practices to Manage Holiday Stress” by @GrottoNetwork for tips and tricks.

[Twitter&FB]: The days leading up to Christmas can just as stressful as they are joyful. If you find yourself buried in shopping lists and commitments to attend #holiday parties, it may be time to pick up a few #selfcare practices. Read more via @GrottoNetwork 

4 Steps to Make the Most of the Advent Season

The Benefits of Waiting During the Holiday Season

The Best Gift Anyone Can Give This Christmas


These social graphics are from our Advent campaign #ABetterLight. Follow along on social media @GrottoNetwork.

Grotto quote graphic about how to decompress: "Decompress in 5 minutes by asking yourself these questions: What can I do in five minutes that will reset me before my next task? What five-minute activity will make a broader change that lowers stress in my life?"
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Learn why keep a gratitude journal all year round here.
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Grotto quote graphic about beauty in suffering: "There is always room to hold both the pain & the beauty."
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Writing an end of year reflection about 2020 makes it seem impossible we survived it all.
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In each season as it passes, breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. —Henry David Thoreau

All human wisdom is contained in these two words: Wait and Hope. —Alexandre Dumas

We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace. —Pope Francis

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