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October 30, 2008



I like that you think Advent wreaths are like snowflakes, no two alike. When I was a girl. my aunt had an Advent wreath making party every year. Her house smelled wondeful, filled with armloads of fresh greenery and the potluck everyone brought. After the wreaths were made and prayed over, we had a great big family dinner and dessert followed by singing holiday music.


An idea for the annual photo, for those with large families:

We have so many children (#8 due in February), that we were asked by the photo studio we have been patronizing for the last 10 years to stop coming because their studio isn't big enough to fit everyone into the picture!

So, we take our own picture in our own home with our own digital camera an take as many shots as we need to, printing only those deemed worthy to send to others.

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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