Advent Candle {upcycle}

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***Edited to include safety tips!***  Thanks for the suggestion, Sewmawmaw!

Not quite sure what to do with your used Advent candles? I wasn’t either.  Most years, we pack them up with the wreath and they hang out in the garage, but this is Texas and they almost never survive our long, hot summers.

This year, I had resolved to just toss them.  I was having trouble doing it, though, because for the first time ever, we rolled our own candles for Advent.  I couldn’t bear to let the beautiful beeswax go to waste, so I decided to give our little candles some new life.
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Gaudete! Rejoice!

REJOICE! Gaudete!

 

From the Introit, or Entrance Antiphon, for today’s Mass, we hear St. Paul exhort the Philippians: “Rejoice in the LORD always; again I say, rejoice.  Indeed the LORD is near!”

Indeed He is!  In case you needed are reminder, there are 11 days left until Christmas Day.  Is your Christmas tree up yet?  Is your baking finished?  Are your presents wrapped?  {Don’t worry.  None of that is complete over here, either.  The tree goes up today, I have a bajillion gifts en route from Amazon, and my baking has been limited to one batch of brownies.}  More importantly – how are you cultivating an atmosphere of joy for your family, friends and coworkers?

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Living the Liturgical Year With A Fork And A Knife

As a mom of four who works outside of the home, it’s always particularly challenging for me to try and find ways to bring the Liturgical Year of the Church alive for our family.  A few years ago we decided that we were determined to do a little something special on favorite feast days during the year to drive home the idea that our Church is a Church of celebration.  There is much throughout the year to celebrate, enjoy, and live our hope in joy!  We started out slowly, celebrating each child’s patron saint’s feast day.  We usually do this by making cupcakes or letting the child pick what we eat for supper that night. Slowly, we began adding little crafts or special foods for other feast days.  Along the way, I have come to realize that the easiest way to highlight a feast day is by preparing foods for supper or dessert that accurately portray the type of cuisine local to the region where the saint lived.  For instance, on St. Joseph’s feast day (March 19th), I make my good friend’s recipe for mostaccioli as an homage to his popularity in Sicily.

Mostaccioli for the feast of St. Joseph....mmmm
Mostaccioli for the feast of St. Joseph….mmmm

Another time, we had goldfish crackers on the feast of St. Anthony, which led to a great retelling of the legend where the saint couldn’t find anyone who’d listen to his sermons – so he went to a nearby stream and preached to the fish!  One day when I was feeling particularly adventuresome, we invited a few friends over to make cornbread and wooden spoon dolls to celebrate the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha.  Most of the time, though, dinnertime is the best time to enjoy saint-centric conversation and foods. Continue reading

Little Bit O’ Lagniappe [vol. 3]

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As I write this, we’re “eastbound and down” on I-10 headed from Houston to New Orleans for the Thanksgiving holiday. I cannot be responsible if the thoughts recorded herein lack organization – I just had a stuffed bear thrown at my head and I am getting real sick of hearing the phrase “I want another snack.”  Oh, and the youngest is licking her arm, so….yeah.

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7 Quick Takes — Liturgical New Year, Advent, and Gift Ideas [vol. 11]

Y’all. Y’ALL!!!! It’s only 16 days til Advent, and counting.  The Liturigcal Year is almost over (come on feast of Christ the King!) and we are about to celebrate our Catholic New Year!  Sit back, pour some champagne, and check out these super-cool, Adventy-quick takes 🙂

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