Saturday, December 24, 2011
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Friday, December 23, 2011
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Thursday, December 8, 2011
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
- Read Christmas books, at least one every day
- Make spiced apple cider
- Make Christmas cookies and treats (including peppermint pretzel dots, oreo truffles and chocolate dipped candy canes)
- Decorate gingerbread houses
- Go to a Victorian Christmas tea hosted by local women’s group
- Go see The Nutcracker ballet
- Listen to Handel’s Messiah
- Make real hot chocolate or this salted caramel hot chocolate
- Play and sing favorite Christmas songs on the piano
- Drive around to see decorated houses (with a dinner in the car of hot chocolate and yummy treats)
- Make our own Christmas wrapping paper with butcher paper, crayons and festive stickers
- Eat candy canes and read The Legend of the Candy Cane and talk about the real meaning of the tradition of candy canes
- Go see the McAdenville lights
- Have a candlelit dinner picnic by the Christmas tree
- Shop for gifts for a needy child from an Angel Tree
- Host a Christmas cookie decorating party or cookie exchange
- Move the candle along our Way of the Light Wreath
- Visit Santa
- Watch classic kid’s Christmas movies (Frosty, Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Little Drummer Boy and more)
- Make paper snowflakes & eat “snowflakes” (yogurt covered pretzels)
- Make salt dough ornaments for the tree
- Eat snowman “poop” (or powdered sugar donuts)
- Visit the live nativity at Christmas at the Billy Graham Library
- Act out the Christmas story at home
- Write a letter to Santa
- Make jingle bell bracelets with jingle bells and pipe cleaners
- Make homemade Christmas cards for family members with cutouts of old cards and religious images
- See the Gingerbread houses at Ballantyne Resort
- Watch It’s a Wonderful Life
- Let each kid watch their Christmas message from Santa
- Spend some quiet time in Adoration each week of Advent and let the children light a candle and pray for children everywhere less fortunate than themselves
- Turn out the lights and by candlelight read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and ‘Twas The Night before Christmas (the first one)
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
1. Light one candle for hope One bright candle for hope
2. Light one candle for love One bright candle for love
3. Light one candle for joy One bright candle for joy
4. Light one candle for peace One bright candle for peace
How dark outside!
but see -- a star's in the sky;
Mary and Joseph are passing by.
So let's light a candle to welcome them
as they go on their way to Bethlehem.
We'll light one candle each week and pray.
We'll light a candle each week and pray.
as light comes from this candle,
may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us,
warming our hearts and
brightening our way.
May Christ our Savior bring life
into the darkness of this world,
and to us, as we wait for his coming.
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Monday, November 28, 2011
Starting on November 30th, add these special novenas to your daily prayers
Immaculate Conception Novena
St. Andrew Christmas Novena
The Immaculate Conception - Satan's Mighty Foe - by Piola
Domenico from Church of Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, Genoa
Start on November 30th and end on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. You can light a novena candle to say with this prayer, pulling aside the veil on the last day of the novena to reveal the baby Jesus inside. There He can stay until Christmas when he is placed in the manger.
God, Our Father, you have given us Mary whom we honor as the Immaculate Conception. You have favored her with holiness and purity, freeing her from the stain of sin, to be chosen as the Mother of Jesus. Through her intercession and protection, may we live our lives in holiness and in complete trust of your loving plan for us. Amen.
O Blessed Virgin Mary, from the beginning of time God chose you, sinless and full of grace, to be the Mother of Jesus. Because of your unselfish “fiat,” you are for us the example of perfect faith and obedience to what God is calling us to do. O Mary of the Immaculate Conception,
O Mary, Mother of God, we honor you for your submission to the unfolding mystery of salvation history. From Bethlehem to Calvary, you were present to Jesus as faithful mother and courageous disciple, sharing in the mysteries of his life. O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, may we be for others
O Mary of Nazareth, you were filled with the light of the Holy Spirit as you prepared for the birth of Jesus. You became the Mother of God and the Mother of the Redeemer, our mother and intercessor for the People of God, his Church. O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, may we wait in hopeful expectation this Advent for the coming of the Lord Jesus in our hearts.
O Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, you were in a sense the first tabernacle for Jesus. In your womb his Sacred Heart beat under your Immaculate Heart. You are the Vessel of Honor, the Ark of the Covenant, and Gate of Heaven. Filled with grace, you give Jesus to us that we may bring him to others. O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, may we have a deep and reverent love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Hail Mary, full of grace…
O Mary, Mother of Sorrows, your heart was pierced with a sword as you stood on Calvary beneath the cross of your Son. Only a mother could experience such deep pain and anguish to see her only son die such a death. O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, may we acknowledge that suffering can become for us redemptive and truly identifies us as one with Jesus.
O Mary, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope, from age to age you are called blessed among all women. You, above all others, have a deep communion with God. You are the model of virtue, prayer and discipleship. O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, lead us into a prayerful and deeply authentic relationship with Jesus so that we may be holy and reflect his goodness to others.
O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, your holiness and obedience changed the course of history through the redemptive power of your Son. You give us the example of discipleship and what it means to witness to the Way, the Truth and the Life—Jesus. O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, we pray for holiness, especially as lived through the priesthood and consecrated life.
O Mary, Mother of Divine Grace, you intercede for us and lead us to your Son. Jesus said to John, “Behold, your Mother.” You are our spiritual mother, who draws us ever closer to your Son. O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, may our devotion to you increase our love for Jesus.
O Mary, Seat of Wisdom, you gave Jesus, the Eternal Word made flesh, to the world. What a privilege was yours—to bring him forth into the world so that all peoples and nations may be drawn to him, Incarnate Wisdom. O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, may the Gospel of Jesus Christ, reach the farthest ends of the earth. Help us to grow in knowledge and love of the Blessed Trinity.
Mary, we honor you as the Mother of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, we delight in your singular privilege of being born with the fullness of grace, completely preserved from the stain of original sin. Blessed among all women, you are especially favored by God. Confident in that honor we place before you our needs and intentions (name the intention). Through your intercession, may it be brought to fulfillment. In gratitude for your motherly concern, O Mary Immaculate, patroness of the United States of America, we pray: You are all beautiful, O Mary. The original stain is not in thee. You are the glory of Jerusalem, The joy of Israel, The great honor of our race, The advocate of sinners. Virgin most prudent, pray for us. Intercede for us with our Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Andrew Christmas Novena
Say it fifteen times a day from November 30th until Christmas. It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
It is based on this verse from the book of Isaiah, and is a way of teaching the Old Testament background for the coming of the Messiah, which is the first long "Advent."
We have also at times colored coordinating coloring pages.
Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth
Creation coloring page
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24
Symbol: Man & Woman, tree
Adam & Eve coloring page
Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24
Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple
Adam & Eve Expelled from the Garden coloring page
Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17
Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow
Noah's Ark coloring page
Symbol: Stars, torch, sword, mountain
Abraham coloring page
Jacob wrestling with Angel coloring page
Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins
Joseph coloring page
Symbol: shock of wheat
Joseph storing food coloring page
Symbol: basket, baby in basket, river and rushes
Baby Moses coloring page
Moses and the Burning Bush: Ex. 3
Moses burning bush coloring page
Moses - Parting Sea: Ex 5-12:1-36
Epiphany - January 6
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Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Too many photos,
a product of being too busy to narrow them down and too fond of each moment to not share each one.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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Saturday, October 29, 2011
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