Merry Christmas

And Happy Holidays!

Jesus was born in a stable. His parents made the best of a bad situation and provided what was needed to their child.

Little did they know people would flock to the stable to see the new born babe.

My all time favorite Christmas show is The Little Drummer Boy. It is a real remember that the gift of self is the only thing we really need to give to each other.

Our children need parents that are present to them. Our spouses need us to be present to us. Why? Why is being present more important than any thing else? Because we need to feel accepted.

Being in a world that puts so much attention and importance on things can be a very lonely place. Acceptance is being real.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

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The Little Star” Book Review

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Little Star
The book is a wonderful addition to any Christmas collection.
Anthony DeStephano, is the author of the adult best-sellers A Travel Guide to Heaven, and Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To. This Little Prayer of Mine, a children’s book, was published earlier this year. But Little Star was his first book, written as an assignment for Angela’s Ashes author McCourt when DeStefano was a student at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan.

 

Little Star is a very simple retelling of the Nativity story which focuses on the star of Bethlehem—the smallest star in the heavens—who burns himself out to keep the newborn baby Jesus warm in a Bethlehem stable. His goal was met by the whole gospel message in a simple Christmas story, and to do so in a way that all kids could relate to.

I'm Including a YouTube video reading of the story by Pat Boone.
This beautiful storybook will be given away to one lucky person.
It will be a wonderful Christmas gift or added to your Christmas story collection.

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Upon reading this story, I found it to be right up there with
my all time favorite Christmas story, "The Little Drummer Boy".
The Little Drummer Boy
Our younger three kids, 12yr,10 yr, 8yr and our 2yr grand daughter liked the story. I've had them read to each other and they have had quite a bit of enjoyment in the moral of the story. The illustrations are very well done and follow the story w
ell. I'm happy to add this to our Christmas book collection.

 

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Halloween — A Search For New Meaning

Friendly pumpkinImage via Wikipedia

October seems to have been taken over by this "holiday". I'm more about the season, fall, autumn, harvest. Oh! and it is my birth month. So I know there is a lot wrapped up in this month.


My husband and I decided when our first was a baby we were not going to do the Trick or Treat thing. His statement was, "I don't want my kids begging for candy." I felt a bit weird about it, myself. We lived in a large city and really didn't know anyone. My mom-in-law just had to buy the Halloween Hallmark cards and made sure that the kids knew what they were missing. I hope to be more respectful of my kids and their wishes. It has been a common theme throughout our marriage, she still at 80yr tries to control the happenings in my home.


My religious side took over the holiday and last year we had a blast. No the kids did not go Trick or Treating door to door. I did let the younger 3 go to the community Halloween Party. They enjoyed themselves and it was safe. So much of celebrations that we have today are derived from something totally different that what they were intended. If  you look up All Hallows Eve on Wikipedia you will find this:

Halloween

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(Redirected from All Hallows Eve)

Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, primarily in the United StatesCanadaIreland, and the United Kingdom. It has roots in the Celtic festival of  ="Samhain">Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints' Day, but is today largely a secular celebration.
Common Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanternsghost toursbonfires,apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, committing pranks, telling ghost stories or other frightening tales, and watching horror films.

Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or ="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">sow-in)".[1] The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".[1] A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known asCalan Gaeaf (pronounced Kálan Gái av).

As I wrote in the post Fall Is In The Air... I started involving the kids in holiday planning. We have started a Holiday Grand Plan using some of the printables from Organized Christmas. We are enjoying planning how we will celebrate. The traditions we start now will be things that they want to carry with them as they begin their own families. I hope to share more of the fun things we find to reclaim the foundations of the celebrations the secular world has tried to hide by making them commercial and without purpose. Our lives are created intentionally why continue to devalue ourselves for the sake of society acceptance?


On American Catholic I found the most wonderful story. It is called, The Tale of Jack O'Lantern an old Irish Tale. You will find out what happens when  Jack tries to trick the devil. All 6 kids were silent, hanging on every word. I have a hard time remembering every having them listen that intently to someone read anything. It made me feel like I was making an impact on my kids, one that hopefully will be an enduring one. I came away truly feeling that I was teach

Two of the oldest girls got into trying to decorate cakes. They made a round dome cake and decorated it like a Jack O'Lantern.


They need to work on the icing flavor, but otherwise it was very good. I'd say it is not a bad attempt for the first time.


The girls are planning the cake for this year. Hopefully, I will be able to post it with the All Saints Day post on Just Another Day In Paradise.


So what do you think of our small start at reclaiming and retaking the value of how we participate in life? I really want to know.

 

Family Celebrations at Thanksgiving: And Alternatives to Halloween
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The Tale of Jack O'Lantern, Taken from the Catholic Update: "How Halloween Can Be Redeemed," by Page McKean Zyromski, a free-lance writer and contributing editor of Catechist magazine who lives in Painesville, Ohio. Her new book on biblical prayer, Pray the Bible, is published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.

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Fall is in the Air…are you ready?

A mother plays the guitar while her two daught...Image via Wikipedia

August is almost gone, September, October, then getting ready for the biggie Holiday gatherings.

Soon we will be getting the costumes ready for the Tricksters and making treats for the class parties. My days of days of class parties are coming to a close, the youngest 2 in elementary school, 3rd and 5th grades will soon move on to Middle School.

Last year we started a new tradition with Halloween. I have never been a fan. Spooky, Scary, Frightening, just are not my idea of a good time. I'm not a fan of candy corn or those little pumpkin candies either, I guess it is a personal preference. Wanting to take a more spiritual approach, we looked up the traditional history of Halloween or All Hallows Eve and found some really great stories. DD#3 has taken a liking to decorating cakes and we read one of the stories I found. They were all so impressed! I really was shocked at how quiet they all were while listening to me read the story. I am going to do a post about this new tradition in October. It will be fun to share what we found.

Thanksgiving has required some huge transitions, we no longer get together with DH's siblings and his parents think they can't stay here more than 3 hours. With the 4 girls getting older they are showing signs of being bakers, cooks and concocter's. The house will start wafting with the smells of pies, pumpkin & pecan, pumpkin, lemon & wheat breads, too many cookies to mention. The Christmas cookie list is growing longer and I have had to put limits on the number of treats.

I told them last September, that I wanted them to start making the memories they wanted to share with their families. They really got into when they could help pick out what traditions they wanted to keep or new ones to add. I started a binder and we will add to it as we go, change when needed and increase as our family grows. DH and I have always been big with family gatherings. Unfortunately our families haven't been as interested. I want our kids to have the wonderful memories and to share important days with each others families as they each begin their own. It will make me a very happy mother angel in Heaven to know I planted the seed of family for them.

I hope they remember not only the smells of the season but the sights and sounds too. For me I want to make the memories for them that I didn't have and that I couldn't give them. They want family, DH and I have tried to get our respective families to share, be happy, and function. So, since that hasn't worked, we will move on away from the dys-function to something more fun-ctional to us!

 

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Fall is in the Air…are you ready?

A mother plays the guitar while her two daught...Image viaikipedia

August is almost gone, September, October, then getting ready for the biggie Holiday gatherings.

Soon we will be getting the costumes ready for the Tricksters and making treats for the class parties. My days of days of class parties are coming to a close, the youngest 2 in elementary school, 3rd and 5th grades will soon move on to Middle School.

Last year we started a new tradition with Halloween. I have never been a fan. Spooky, Scary, Frightening, just are not my idea of a good time. I'm not a fan of candy corn or those little pumpkin candies either, I guess it is a personal preference. Wanting to take a more spiritual approach, we looked up the traditional history of Halloween or All Hallows Eve and found some really great stories. DD#3 has taken a liking to decorating cakes and we read one of the stories I found. They were all so impressed! I really was shocked at how quiet they all were while listening to me read the story. I am going to do a post about this new tradition in October. It will be fun to share what we found.

Thanksgiving has required some huge transitions, we no longer get together with DH's siblings and his parents think they can't stay here more than 3 hours. With the 4 girls getting older they are showing signs of being bakers, cooks and concocter's. The house will start wafting with the smells of pies, pumpkin & pecan, pumpkin, lemon & wheat breads, too many cookies to mention. The Christmas cookie list is growing longer and I have had to put limits on the number of treats.

I told them last September, that I wanted them to start making the memories they wanted to share with their families. They really got into when they could help pick out what traditions they wanted to keep or new ones to add. I started a binder and we will add to it as we go, change when needed and increase as our family grows. DH and I have always been big with family gatherings. Unfortunately our families haven't been as interested. I want our kids to have the wonderful memories and to share important days with each others families as they each begin their own. It will make me a very happy mother angel in Heaven to know I planted the seed of family for them.

I hope they remember not only the smells of the season but the sights and sounds too. For me I want to make the memories for them that I didn't have and that I couldn't give them. They want family, DH and I have tried to get our respective families to share, be happy, and function. So, since that hasn't worked, we will move on away from the dys-function to something  more fun-ctional to us!

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