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October 07, 2006



How timely Alice! I just made a dinner date with our favorite (family friend) photographer. Last year we all wore blue jeans with either red or black shirts and it turned out quite well. Do you always use matching outfits or vary it year to year? I also love the holy card suggestion.


Yes, Gwen, we've managed to use matching dresses all these years. Patrick is the only one who wears something different, but even he usually matches the color scheme.

This will change as the kids get older, but for now even my twelve year old doesn't mind matching! I love the look of photos with everyone in jeans and coordinating shirts--and professional portraits are so special.


I'm printing this whole post out, Alice! It is full of excellent advice and tips. The cards always sneak up on me - how much better to start early and *enjoy* it!! :)


Thank you so much, Dawn!


Lots of great ideas here.

Silly question -- would you enclose a holy card whether or not the recipients were Catholic? I can think of many friends who would be very offended if I did this. That doesn't stop me choosing a religious theme for the Christmas cards themselves, but adding a holy card seems to be going several steps further.

Am I just being too timid?!


That is not a silly question at all, Elizabeth.

Most of the family and friends on my list are Catholic, but I would omit the holy card for my Jewish friends. As far as Protestant friends are concerned, it would really depend. On the one hand, I would not want to offend the person, but, on the other, you never know when a card you enclose might touch someone's heart. I would pray about it and decide on a friend by friend basis.


Since I perpetually have difficulty getting things done on time, it's heartening to hear you say that it's ok to send cards out *after* Christmas. I've never been sure of the etiquette there.

Ana Braga-Henebry

I found this blog through Christine's Memories of a Catholic Wife and Mother--Alice left a comment and followed it from there. I am big on Christmas cards and have sent from UNICEF cards to homemade-- but always with a picture. Three boys and four girls ranging 14 yrs are difficult to match, but I am thinking about it. Oldest boy will be home from college next week---that's my chance! I will contact a young friend today who is a great photographer. I've posted some of her photos on my blog. Thanks for your blog--great idea! You could add picture books, such as the young Laura Ingalls picture books, one is about Christmas.

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Christmas Novena

  • Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen

Feast Days of the Christmas Season

  • December 25th - Solemnity of Christmas
  • 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