O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Our Only Hope in the Darkness

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  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel has always been my favorite carol. I love the ancient chant-like melody and the images it conjures: monks singing by candlelight and waiting to celebrate the coming of the Light of the World while a cold, dark winter lingers on. It has many beautiful verses but the first and most familiar is: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: December

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  It's HERE! It's finally here! Our new ebook, More Feasts! Celebrating Saints and Seasons with Simple Real Food Recipes is available for purchase this Advent season. 10 new recipes! Reflections on Advent and Holy Week and a few activities to do with children to bring the liturgical year into the home. We are so excited to share it with you! And just for Advent, our first ebook … [Read more...]

Talking About Advent Today…

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  Today I'm over at Kitchen Stewardship chatting about Advent and some simple ways to observe the season: "Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then the whirlwind to Christmas Day begins–parties, concerts, family engagements, travel. Did you know that traditionally, the holiday cheer didn’t begin until Christmas Day? December the 25th is just Day One of a twelve day season of … [Read more...]

Ready for Advent?! (100% Beeswax Advent Candle Giveaway!)

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This giveaway is sponsored by Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles. As soon as Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls Day are over, my mind turns to Advent. It's like I suddenly realize it's just around the corner (it starts November 30th). And it's time for one of my favorite giveaways of the year! Yay! My favorite Advent tradition is the Advent wreath (and it's the simplest one to start with if … [Read more...]

Advent Unplugged Wrap Up (Link Up)

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This year I tried to do some intentional social media unplugging during Advent and lots of other folks joined me. You can read about it in the original post and the updates for Week 1 and Week 2. Advent is coming to a close and Christmas is almost here! Take a few moments before Wednesday and reflect on this season of Advent. Here's a few things I'm taking away from this season and I can't wait … [Read more...]

Advent Unplugged: Week 2

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I am so enjoying reading all of your Advent Unplugged posts. The insights you are sharing are so motivating to me and the accountability is really helping me strive to stay on course (or get back on course when I get wrapped up in my laptop again!) Here's some insights I'm having as I struggle to be/stay unplugged: The distraction of social media was becoming such a focus in my life that it … [Read more...]

New Shoes and St. Nicholas Day

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Each year we get the kids a new pair of shoes for St. Nicholas Day (the ones above are for the girls, my favorite shoes for babies and toddlers!) and then we fill them with treats. It's our big gift-exchange day instead of Christmas (although we do Christmas morning fun with Daniel's family). We start out the day with Mass, then the kids get to open their gifts and try on their new shoes while we … [Read more...]

Advent Unplugged: Week 1

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Joining me for Advent Unplugged? Basically, I'm make some commitments to unplug from social media and my laptop during this season. You can read more about my Advent Unplugged goals and read what other bloggers have shared in the original link up. But each Monday during Advent, I'd like to share with you about how my Advent Unplugged is going and open up a new link-up for you to share and for us … [Read more...]

Why Advent Should Terrify You

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You can find me over at Catholic Exchange today talking about the scary side of Advent--something I've been thinking about since I went on an Advent retreat last year. "We’ve made a huge mistake. We’ve made the Incarnation safe and comfortable. We like it warm and fuzzy with soft lambs bleating as they rest on clean hay. And, yes, it is beautiful and joyful and splendid. But we’ve sanitized it … [Read more...]

An Advent Music Playlist and Marian Grace Giveaway!

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I really enjoyed creating last year's Advent music playlist: Sleepers, Wake! to learn more about songs appropriate for the Advent season and to help me hold off on the Christmas music until Christmastide. So I really wanted to make a new one this year! It's a little bit shorter than the first one, but I hope you'll enjoy it. It's got a little something for everyone, from very traditional Advent … [Read more...]