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November 15, 2006


Elizabeth Foss

Bridget, I love to sing People Look East--makes me happy while I "make my house fair" as I am able. http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/people_look_east.htm


Love, love, love the picture from your childhood - it really captures the essence of the post and of the time. I'm very nostalgic about old holiday photos!

Alice Gunther

Oh, I love this Bridget! Singing is such a huge part of this joyous season!

Jenn Miller

The music is such an integral part of the season. Love your post, Bridget, and especially the picture! People Look East is a favorite in my family, too. Lo, How a Rose Er Blooming is also considered an Advent hymn.


That b & w picture is great. I love to sing Advent & Christmas songs, even though my voice isn't nice imo. I always remember that a singer who came to our Church said that God gave us our voices so we shouldn't complain about them and we should use them to praise him. Anyway, I'm going to try to teach my dc some songs and carols this year. Around the wreath is a nice idea.


This is a great idea. It is so much harder to find Advent hymns than Christmas ones. Here is a page with some Advent hymns in English and Latin. Not too many, but it is a good starting place.


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Christmas Novena

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  • December 25 - January 1st - Octave of Christmas
  • December 26th - St. Stephen
  • December 27th - St. John
  • December 28th - The Holy Innocents
  • December 29th - St. Thomas Becket
  • Decmber 31st - The Holy Family
  • January 1st - Mary, Mother of God
  • January 2nd - St. Gregory Nazianzen
  • January 2nd - St. Basil the Great
  • January 3rd - Most Holy Name of Jesus
  • January 4th - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • January 5th - St. John Neumann
  • January 6th - Bl. Andre Bessette (Traditional Epiphany)
  • January 7th - Epiphany
  • January 8th - Baptism of Our Lord