Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christ is My King

Lord GodYou gave the peoples of the worldas the inheritance of your only Son;you crowned him as King of Zion, your holy city,and gave him your Church to be his Bride.As he proclaims the law of your eternal kingdom,may we serve him faithfully,and so share his royal power forever.

Psalm Cycle, Sunday Week One (Divine Office Psalm Prayer)

On the Menu

Spirit Glazed Ham
Scalloped Potatoes
"King" Cake
Sparkling Juice / Wine

In our first home, today was a small feast for my little growing family before we traveled to our hometown for Thanksgiving. After a few years, it was a nice meal to eat without worry before traveling and the ensuing drama that inevitably took place - as much as I love my family. Now, the tradition remains, though we no longer need to travel.

I love that the Feast of Christ is the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, right before the start of Advent. How fitting that the day comes as winter draws near, and we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. In the midst of preparations and of darkness, we are reminded that a great light shines, a hope remains undiminished with time, and a great yearning for our true King fills us.

May Christ keep us always close to Him.

(Craft Note: the "lanterns" are made with stiff black paper with windows cut out for printed images of Christ the King, and with three panels taped together. Battery-operated candles are in each lantern.)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

2016 Advent Calendar for Kids

It's a gorgeous fall day in my neck of the woods, but in two weeks Advent begins. Can you believe it?! Just like last year, I want to share a simple kids countdown for the Advent season. I tried to make it completely kid-doable so that busy (sick, tired, well-intentioned, etc.) parents can print and go with it very easily.

I'm having ups and downs here, but mostly ups thanks to modern medicine. I know what it's like to keep life simple and as easy as possible to get through a day, a week, a season. It's been a few years since I have looked forward eagerly to Advent and Christmas, and it feels refreshing to do so. Hopefully this little bit helps you and your kids no matter what's going on in your life.

2016 Advent Calendar for Kids

**Update** It has been kindly brought to my attention that I goofed and put the Feast of St. Nicholas on the 5th instead of the 6th. I'm sorry about that! Thank goodness we can perform secret acts of kindness any day!

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