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“A Visit From the Christ Child” is 25!

As we get closer to Christmas, let’s not forgot what it’s really all about! A Visit from the Christ Child is my husband’s adaptation of the Clement Moore classic, A Visit from St. Nick. Written in 1986, the year we married and started our own family, this rewrite puts focus where it belongs — the…

A Visit from the Christ Child

A Visit from the Christ Child is my husband’s adaptation of the Clement Moore classic, A Visit from St. Nick. Written in 1986, the year we married and started our own family, this rewrite puts focus where it belongs — the coming of Our Savior Jesus Christ. Help us put Christ back in Christmas by…

Paper . . . rock . . . scissors

Skip the rock! If you love paper as much as I do, you’ll love these links! For tomorrow’s Feast of St. Nicholas, you will want to head to Paper Dali for a free, downloadable, ready to cut and color: paper doll of St. Nick Then head to Papertoys.com where you’ll find more free paper stuff…

From our homeschool to yours

I don’t know about you, but our house is still very much in holiday mode. Blogging has been ignored and we are off from school. For this week’s Helpful Homeschool Hints, here’s a special Christmas greeting from our homeschool to yours: I hope you all had a Blessed Christmas and I wish you a happy,…

A Visit From the Christ Child

by Père Robért (for Maria, Ida, Isabel, Maxine, Crozet & Audrey) Twas the morning of Christmas, when all through the house All the family was frantic, including my spouse; For each one of them had one thing only in mind, To examine the presents St. Nick left behind. The boxes and wrapping and ribbons and…

Mele Kalikimaka

from all of us! For the past six years we have sent out family photo cards like this one. Each year we choose a different language in which to say Merry Christmas. We started out with greetings in languages that make up our heritage, but have now branched off a bit. We may not be…

How the Christmas Tree Evangelizes

Pope Reflects on Symbolic Significance of Decoration VATICAN CITY, DEC. 18, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Christmas tree — with its journey from a dark forest to the brilliance of decorative lights — represents every Christian, called to share the message that the Light of the world has become man. This was a comparison made by Benedict…

Christmas Novena – start today!

HAIL, and blessed be the hour and moment At which the Son of God was born Of a most pure Virgin At a stable at midnight in Bethlehem In the piercing cold At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, To hear my prayers and grant my desires (mention request[s] here). Through Jesus Christ and His…

Just a quick update

Posts of late have been few and far between. I have just been busy, busy, busy! Busy with homeschooling, busy with work, and busy with shopping. I am very happy to say that most of my shopping has been done online — that frees up a lot of time and gas! We’ve also been busy…

Putting Christ Back Into Christmas Carols

I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas music. Check out this article at Zenit.org: Putting Christ Back Into Christmas Carols Interview With Director of Diocesan Initiative by Karna Swanson TRENTON, New Jersey, DEC. 14, 2009 (Zenit.org).- It is often said that to sing is to pray twice. A diocesan initiative in New Jersey…

Festival fun

Here are a few images from yesterday’s opening of the St. Charles Christmas Traditions Festival. Here is the complete cast of characters: Above is Clara with the Master of Revels, my other kids + one hit the new ice rink, and Clara and her Nutcracker Prince parade down Main Street. For those of you in…

Christmas past comes to life

Christmas Traditions, in historic St. Charles, Missouri, is one of the largest outdoor Christmas festivals in the United States. In December, the streets of old St. Charles come alive with storybook characters, Victorian Carolers, and Santas from around the world. There’s even a Santa Lucia. This is Isabel’s second year playing Clara from the Nutcracker.…

Christmas in Sweden – Paper Dali ebook

This year, we have had lots of fun with the free historical dolls created by Vee at Paper Dali. Just in time for celebrating Christmas, Vee has released her very first ebook: Christmas in Sweden. Christmas in Sweden is an exclusive 30-page, downloadable paper doll set. For just $10, you get color and black-and-white PDFs…

Sewing update: Clara costume

Here is Isabel in her almost finished Clara costume for the 2009 St. Charles Christmas Traditions Festival. Although it looked finished for the photo shoot, I still need to add a front zipper closure and hem the bottom of the dress. This is the shot that will be used on the collector character cards that…

Sewing update

The Clara costume is not quite half finished. The collar was quite an ordeal and the directions of the Folkwear pattern were sketchy to say the least. The collar is now done and I am off to lots of gathering and attatching dress to yoke to collar.

Sew long!

Isabel will be reprising her role of Clara in this year’s St. Charles Christmas Traditions Festival! Clara is due for a new costume – one that allows more layers and warmth – so I have a new project. I am making the new Clara costume using the Folkwear prairie dress pattern. Found the fabric last…

St. Louis Joffrey Nutcracker auditions

Looking for 2010 St. Louis Joffrey Nutcracker audition info? Two years ago, my daughter Max auditioned for the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker performed in St. Louis at the Fox Theatre. She made the cut and was double cast as a mouse and as a polichinelle. The polichinelles are Mother Ginger’s children. These polis, as they are…

The gift of friends

We don’t have that many friends, but the ones we do have are good friends. This Christmas we experienced the generosity of several of these good friends. Knowing our situation, family of 7 with the breadwinner currently unemployed, these friends confirmed to us that it is a wonderful life! One couple gave us a $50…