Liturgical Living at a Glance: December 2016

Resources for Advent and Christmas! Books, recipes, and more.

I’m always trying to figure out how to make it easier for families to observe the Christian Year because we felt so overwhelmed when we first started that journey (which is why we wrote the book we wish we had then).  I thought it might be helpful for our family to have resources compiled for the month ahead so that we can plan in advance which special saints days we want to observe and I hope … [Read more...]

The 2016 Carrots Christmas Gift Guide (With Discount Codes Just for You!)

Quality Gifts for the Babies, Kids, and Grownups in Your Life (with some Catholic flair)

This morning it's rainy outside, I have pie hangover, and there's several hours of the new Gilmore Girls revival season waiting for me on Netflix. So obviously I'm going to continue my beloved tradition of not changing out of pajamas or going ANYWHERE on Black Friday. I have exactly zero desire to fight crowds for sales....ever. So want to join me in finding some great deals from the couch? … [Read more...]

The Incarnation and the Pietá

The Incarnation and the Pieta

The Incarnation of Christ, celebrated in the liturgical season of Christmastide, takes on a richer significance for me with each passing year. The story of the Nativity is fuller–but undeniably stranger. It loses the saccharine quality of greeting cards and becomes complicated. Christmas becomes more intricately connected to Holy Week and I’m reminded that the miracle of the Incarnation isn’t … [Read more...]

The Carrots (Last Minute) Christmas Gift Guide!

Carrots Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

A gift guide? Less than two weeks before Christmas? That's how things roll around here this year. Last year I was ON THE BALL and we did all family gifts on St. Nicholas Day on December 6th so that we could just relax during Advent and get geared up for the 12 Days of Christmas. This year, not so much. Thanksgiving travel really added the crazy to our pre-Advent time. So here I am two weeks … [Read more...]

Pain, Joy, Love, and a Christmas Playlist for You

A very Carrots Christmas playlist

We've had record-breaking storms for the past few days. Our driveway is under water and yesterday when we were driving home after visiting some friends, a huge oak tree had fallen across the street. Detour time. Yesterday we woke up to a puddle in our kitchen where our roof was leaking. Sigh. But it's almost Christmas. And I think the little stubby purple candle from the first week of Advent is … [Read more...]

10 Ideas for YOUR Christmas List, Moms

10 Ideas for Your Christmas List, Moms // Carrots for Michaelmas

When Daniel's parents ask for Christmas lists for the kids, I can rattle off several things right off the top of my head. But when I'm supposed to write down what I want....it's a different matter. I just stare at a blank page. I think other moms have the same issue. We spend our days focused on other little people and it feels weird to focus on ourselves. I just sit there for several minutes … [Read more...]

Why We Don’t Do Santa

Why We Don't Do Santa // Carrots for Michaelmas

Last week a friend confided to me that she wasn’t comfortable telling her young child that Santa was bringing presents on Christmas Eve. She recalled the confusion, outrage, and betrayal she felt as a child when she overheard the truth about Santa. Not wanting to repeat that experience for her child, she explained to friends and family that they would be skipping Santa. Her concerns were dismissed … [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...]

The Good Thing About Being Sick on Christmas…

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(Prepare yourself for some poor quality iphone pics with bad lighting. Lucky you!) Waking up in the middle of the night Christmas Eve with a head cold that gets progressively worse all  Christmas Day and becomes a throat infection until you're shivering, achy, and feverish, on the couch with a hot cup of tea might not be the ideal way to celebrate..... However.... The good thing about … [Read more...]

Holy Time: The Joy of the Incarnation and the Pietà

The Incarnation of Christ, celebrated in the liturgical season of Christmastide, takes on a richer significance for me with each passing year. The story of the Nativity is fuller, but undeniably more strange. It loses the saccharine quality of greeting cards and becomes complicated. Christmas becomes more intricately connected to Holy Week and I’m reminded that the miracle of the Incarnation … [Read more...]