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Struggling to choose Christmas gifts for your 9-, 10-, or 11-year-old?

You could ask an expert child psychologist for recommendations ... or you could just go with your gut.

Christmas frogs

The whole deal and ordeal of human life, and the Word made Flesh

Why St. John Chrysostom loved the feast of Christmas

And how he convinced others to celebrate it.

Exclusive Photos: The unveiling of the Vatican Nativity scene

The sand, a poor material, recalls the simplicity, the smallness, and also the fragility with which God showed Himself with the birth of Jesus in precariousness in Bethlehem.

How poinsettias became the most popular potted Christmas plant

Poinsettias were associated with Christmas long before they were brought to the US from Mexico.

Did you know “White Christmas” popularized secular Christmas music?

Irving Berlin knew he had a hit the moment he finished composing this timeless Christmas classic.

Who was Santa Claus? Some quick facts about the legendary saint

He didn't live at the North Pole, but he was a jolly old man who was known as a gift-giver.

Exclusive photos: Sneak peek at Vatican’s sandy Nativity scene

This year’s Nativity scene will feature larger than life sand sculptures.

In Images: The real face of Santa Claus

New facial reconstruction technology reveals the most realistic portrait of St. Nicholas.

How to choose Christmas gifts that your kids won’t tire of

Following the "good toy principle" can make the difference.

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