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December 11, 2006



This was wonderfully written. We're been struggling the last week and I see so many of my errors listed above. Thank you.


You're a wise woman, Elizabeth. Thanks for this.


Thank you for reminding us to stay mindful of our children's needs during this busy time of year.


Thank you for posting this.
I have just such a child--one for whom a houseful of noisy guests is overwhelming.
Last year we moved our tv to the attic to "make room for the Christmas tree", and we never did bring it back. It's been a great year full of imaginative play!


Absolutely beautiful! You never, ever fail to remind me of what is important. You put into words so beautifully what I have often felt to be true. "Choose wisely" will be the guiding words for our Christmas activities. Thank you for articulating this so wonderfully.


Thank you for this timely reminder. I love the part about children not holding the palm pilot..good reminder to talk in great depth about what is coming.


Great post. This is important to remember.


Wonderful, thank you!


Thank you for this. I just sat with my second daughter as she was crying that she needed to sleep in my bed. What a timely reminder.

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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