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October 04, 2006



I have the same Advent calendar. It's great, isn't it? It is hard to believe Advent is right around the corner, but it is!

Jenn Miller

My beef with store-bought Advent candles (the ones specifically made for the wreath) is that they burn too quickly and the colors are so light. I love the brilliant violet and pink colors, which are harder to find. I also LOVE beeswax candles, or soy candles which seem to burn longer and drip less, but where to find a source?

I wish I was crafty and resourceful like MacBeth and made my own every year.


Wonderful and timely post, Mary Ellen!

I am planning to set up a Christmas corner just for the children this year - with their own nativity scene, a small "blessings" tree and a basket of favorite books. Also this week the boys and I are working on a homemade Advent candle set - I'll write up a post when we're done! :)

Rebecca B.

We do not have an Advent wreath but rather a log that I decorate with greenery. There is a candle hole drilled in the log for each day of Advent. We have a devotional time each evening when we light the day's candle, read from the Bible, pray and sing some songs.

I second your idea to have a beautiful, religious Advent calendar. Yours is lovely! It is hard to find a nice one.

Our family likes to have the wise men and their camels travel around the room like you suggested. The kids think it is fun to see them move closer each day!

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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