The Ending of the Catholic Christmas Season — Epiphany

Today Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany. This is the day the Wise Men from other nations came to worship and adore the Christ Child.  Now we know this happened much later than it is celebrated, but this is the day the Church chose to celebrate and end the Christmas season.

Father Jack’s homily about the importance of Epiphany really spoke to me.  The Feast of the Epiphany is the celebration of Christ coming for ALL men, the Jews and the Gentiles alike.  Having these wise men from other faiths and cultures coming to Christ symbolizes us coming to Christ and God’s love for everyone. As Christ told us, the greatest commandment is “To love one another as I have loved you”, so we are called to love everyone as these wise men loved Christ and as He loves us. 

He told us that we called to love the spouse that annoys us, the children that irritate us, the drive that cut us off, and even the Steelers fans (we live in Baltimore Raven country). We may not have to like them at that time, but we are always called to love them.

Have a wonderful Epiphany and remember to enjoy and love your family!

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Holiday week around the zoo

All the presents were opened, and now we are spending the days playing with the games. We are having fun playing rounds of Sorry, Uno, Candyland, Dominoes and Connect 4. We still have to play Jenga, Scrabble and some of the little girls games.  We also have a few more DVDs to watch.  Next up will be the Smurfs movie.  They can’t wait to see it, but we will probably watch it on New Year’s Eve.  I am heading out to visit with Mom for a couple of days.

We did have one “disaster.” The fudge we was made was attacked by the mutt. I had placed it on the picnic table outside to cool and Biscuit decided she need to try some. Thankfully it was noticed as she was starting and not after she ate the two pans full, but she did get into both pans. So sometime this weekend I will make some another pan or two.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday week and have an enjoyable time with your family and friends!

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Another Christmas Tune

I remember watching this in 1977 on TV and thinking Bing Crosy and David Bowie REALLY?!?!?!  But the song was lovely and I fell in love it and look forward to hearing it every year now.

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. As usual, it seems we are flying through the holiday season. We have exactly one week until Christmas day. This year’s Advent is a full 28 days since Christmas is on a Sunday. Which means we should have more time, but to me it seems like less time to get more done.

This morning we have Breakfast with Saint Nicholas at our church. I know a little late, but it was the only open Sunday this month. All the children are looking forward to the breakfast. My middle four love to help out at the breakfast by setting up, serving and even cleaning up. Douglas is a very hard worker and always gets praises from everyone when he helps out. Now if he would just do the same in his room.

Richard and I did get started on the wrapping last night, so I am feeling less stressed. I think we knocked out about half the presents so getting everything done early is looking like it WILL happen.  I was even able to sneak and get most of his presents wrapped too.  He was surprised to see his name in the mix of wrapped presents.  LOL

This afternoon I will be making several cookie doughs and starting to bake our Christmas Cookies. I am going to mix up all the cookie doughs and put them in the refrigerator. Then when we want cookies, we can take out the dough, let it warm up some, and then have fresh, warm cookies within in minutes.

This week we start our Christmas break from homeschooling. I plan on baking cookies, making fudge and watching holiday shows with the children. If the weather is cold enough, I might even make some homemade hot chocolate. Our Wal-mart had peppermint marshmallows on sale the other day and I can’t wait to try them in hot chocolate. 

Unfortunately, Mandy has school until Thursday so she won’t get to help out much this week.  It seems like most of her teachers did not want to leave anything hanging over the holidays, so she has several papers and presentations due all the way through Thursday.  I think that stinks!  

How are your Christmas plans coming along?

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome