This month we honor the feast of the season, the Word made flesh in the birth of Christ that allows us to contemplate creation anew. Our featured contributors Gene Ciarlo, Fran Salone-Pelletier, and Ed Burns offer meditations steeped in the Christmas spirit, while Claudette Burque shows how tracing our ancestry might help us model the divine interconnectedness of the Holy Family. We share gifts from the worlds of monasticism (Michael Ford’s portrait of Trappist monk and Thomas Merton confidant Fr. Matthew Kelty), literature (Leonard Engel’s analysis of Herman Melville’s spiritual quest), and theology (Fr. Bedros Shetilian’s question of a Christian anthropology), in addition to several other pieces to guide and inspire throughout the Advent-Christmas journey.