7 Quick Takes — Christmastide and a New Year [vol.13]

7QT hosted by This Ain't The Lyceum

It’s the first 7QT of 2015, and the first time I’m linking up with the new 7QT host, Kelly Mantoan of This Ain’t The Lyceum.  You remember Kelly, right?  The homeschooling mama who mic dropped at Edel after rapping Flo Rida?  (No, Kelly…I’m never letting that precious memory go.  EVAH.)  Here’s a quick glimpse of what we’ve been up to in the past two weeks.  Also, you should know that after all of this I have exactly ZERO PTO left, so I will be at work every day for the foreseeable future.  (All you peeps who follow me on Instagram are going to be SO.HAPPY. for this!  I’ve been overgramming for sure.)
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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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