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November 12, 2006



Wow!! What a great project to really make Advent special.


What a wonderful addition to family tradition! Thank you for so generously sharing your ideas.


What wonderful ideas! Alice, you are so creative!! Thank you for taking the time to share that with all of us.


I love the tree. We have been working to pull something together on that for three years. Yours is beautiful! You've put together so many ideas for Advent, WOW. Thank you, Alice.


This is simply brilliant! I am printing out this post to read slowly and thoroughly. Thank you!


This is wonderful! I do have one question. How do you attach the blocks to the tree? Or is the tree flat on a table?


Wow, fantastic! My head is reeling with all these great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

Alice Gunther

Thanks very, very, very much.

>>How do you attach the blocks to the tree? Or is >>the tree flat on a table?

At the moment, the tree is flat on our table, because I only arranged the blocks to take a sample photo. We will be working through the Jesse tree for the month of December, and the blocks will be attached each day to the hanging canvas "tree." I plan to use small doublesided adhesive scrapbooking stickers to attach the blocks. The cubes are light, so rolled up Scotch tape would probably work, or perhaps even blue sticky putty. (I don't plan on using Sticky putty though, because it might stain the canvas, and we want to re-use this project every year.)

Mary Ellen Barrett

Alice, this is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing your great talent on O Night Divine.

Lindsey @ enjoythejourney

THIS IS FABULOUS!!! I love the idea! Love it, love it, love it.


Great! Thanks Alice! I'm going to think about how I can cater this to suit our family! (not that it's not great the way it is, but with all my 'littles', I need to tweak it for them!)


Wow Alice, I wondered what you were going to do with those wooden blocks. This is amazing! I can't wait to try it with the kids!


What a creative collection of ideas! Thank you so much, Alice.


Oh Alice,
As always you have such wonderful ideas to make our Catholic faith come alive for our children and traditions that will be embedded in their little hearts for a lifetime. Thank you so much for sharing.

Margaret in Minnesota

What a beautiful family tradition, Alice!!! Your children will never forget the ways in which you & your husband are making the holy season of Advent so special.

Thank you for this inspirational post.


I was just admiring the lone star house and I realized that I hadn't commented on this post yet. Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas. Your cubes are beautiful, but I'm also interested in all of the lists here.

Kira Mello

I have been looking for a Jesse Tree for several years now and think this one is just awesome! How creative! I can't wait to try it. Thanks!


Alice, I have finally found that moment when I might sit down to soak in this *beautiful* post.

This is the most wonderfully creative and loving idea. I am printing this out so I can go back over all the details later today!

Thank you and Blessings!


Ditto what Dawn and everyone else said, you just made our Advent so much more meaningful!! I can't wait to do it! God Bless your beautiful and creative mind!


Boy Alice, you are so full of ideas! How lovely! Thank you so much for sharing.


Great idea, Alice - you have inspired many.


I Love you girls



These are wonderful ideas that I will save for future reference...
Thanks for sharing

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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