Sunday, December 10, 2017

Spiced Mexicocoa, Cookies, and a Movie

December 9 is the feast of St. Juan Diego, and we celebrated it this year with some Holiday Spiced Mexicocoa ::


as well as making those adorable, sombrero cookies again ::




while playing with peg dolls ::


as well as watching another saintly DVD ::


It was a fun feast day to celebrate, especially with a certain 5 year old in the house. :)

St. Juan Diego, pray for us!
Patty

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge


#Truth.  The older I get, the less I like crowded malls.  Yesterday was for the kids who experienced skating at the Dallas Galleria at Christmas time. :)

PS - The people watching was FANTASTIC though!

Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link-up ~ Day 7 : #Truth #CSAdvent

Friday, December 8, 2017

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Blue frosted cupcakes with gold sprinkles on top to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.



You can look Here for a brief explanation on the Immaculate Conception if you want :)

O God,  who by the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son,
we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain,
so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession,  to come unto You.
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ,  Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, world without end. 

Amen.

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge



*St. Anne and Mary as an infant* Today is the holy day of the Immaculate Conception; Mary conceived without sin. How can this be if Jesus saved all from sin? Jesus is God's son, the second person of the Blessed Trinity. He took his human flesh from Mary. Jesus was not a kind of squeaky clean super man who sort of slid through Mary's body as if it were a conduit into this world. Jesus took his flesh from his mother. If he took her human flesh it had to be free from any taint of original sin otherwise he would also share in that sin and would not be the perfect son of God. Therefore we believe that God preserved Mary from any taint of original sin. God saved Mary at the beginning of her life and if life begins at conception, then it began when she was conceived (by natural processes between her mother and father)." ~Fr. Dwight Longenecker.  

Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link-up ~ Day 6 : #holyday #CSAdvent

Thursday, December 7, 2017

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

Miss 4 lbs of cuteness gave me a whopping 30 seconds of #peace and quiet this morning before she was up ready to play for the day.  I really cherish the quiet time in the morning when everyone else is still snug in their beds.  If Belle wasn't so cute...


Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link-up ~ Day 5 : #peace #CSAdvent

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Feast of St. Nicholas 2017

One of our favorite feast days during Advent is the feast of St. Nicholas (Dec. 6)!  


There are so many legends linked to the modern day Santa Claus. According to one tradition, about 300 years after Christ, in the region we now call Turkey, a man named Nicholas lived by the seaport of Myra. He was a good and holy man, believed to have been the Bishop of Myra, who eventually became Saint Nicholas. As a young man, Nicholas used his entire inheritance to help the poor, sick, and suffering. By his generous example, especially to children, he continues to be a model for all. "The Giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic His giving by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves." ~ St. Nicholas


Around the world people will celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas with different traditions.  Some leave shoes out, others hang their stockings up, all hoping that St. Nicholas will stop by and leave a small gift of some sort: orange, candy cane, chocolate gold coins, books, etc.

Our children always leave their shoes out the night before (something I did as a child).


St. Nicholas always leaves our children a new Christmas book, chocolate gold coins, and maybe something extra.

Miss Ester received a Christmas poetry book, Manger, because of her artistic and creative writing abilities.

Miss Mabel received the book, A Christmas Like Helen's, because she took the name of Helen as her Confirmation saint earlier this year.


Stan received the book, Shooting at the Stars, (a true story) because he loves to watch and read about war stories and history.

Miss Clementine received the book, Itsy Bitsy Christmas, because she adores anything Nativity!



And even Miss Sally received a special box down at school with this beautiful book in it for her ::




In the morning we ate warm, gooey cinnamon rolls!

This kids also received a new Christmas movie to add to the collection ::


In the afternoon, the girls helped me make these easy-peasy St. Nicholas cookies we saw over at Catholic Cuisine.



Aren't they adorable?!  

The older kids have outgrown the saint movies we own, but Miss Clementine still enjoys them, including this St. Nicholas one.


As the kids get older, the excitement wears off a bit, but I think they still enjoy seeing what little treasure they receive each year no matter how old they are.  

As for all the Christmas books...

Five kiddos + one new book each, each year = a lot of Christmas books.  I mark their names in the books they receive each year, and some day, they will have a beautiful collection to share with their own families.

St. Nicholas, patron saint of children, sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, brewers, pawn brokers, and students in other countries, pray for us!

~ Patty ~


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