Santa Lucia

Friday, December 14, 2012
This year we attempted to celebrate the feast day of St. Lucy. I've been reading up on the traditions and stories surrounding this saint and they are pretty fascinating.

St. Lucy was a wealthy Christian woman living in pagan Rome. After her mother was cured of a lifelong ailment by praying at the tomb of St. Agatha, Lucy encouraged her mother to convert to Christianity. Together during the night they would travel through the city of Rome by candlelight giving food and money to the poor. 

However, Lucy had been promised in marriage to a Roman man who did not take kindly to her giving all her money away. So he turned her into the authorities. The persecution of Christians was at its height during this time and so Lucy was sentenced to death. It took several attempts, but eventually Lucy was martyred.

Several centuries later in Sweden, a small farming town was hit by a famine and many people were starving to death. One night a woman dressed in white with candles on her head arrived at the shores of the town, bringing food to the starving people. She then disappeared across the lake. The townspeople were convinced the mysterious woman was St. Lucy and have since celebrated the feast day of Santa Lucia by reenacting the event.

The eldest daughter in the family awakes before dawn and prepares breakfast for the entire family. She dresses in white to symbolize purity and wears a red sash to represent martyrdom. On her head she wears a wreath with burning candles. Do you remember the American Girl doll, Kirsten? In one of the books about her she celebrates this feast day. This is how Santa Lucia's costume should look.









I knew I wanted to try my hand at celebrating this lovely feast day, but didn't quite get my act together in time. So Hannah wore one of Daddy's white T-shirts and part of our Advent wreath on her head. She delivered some croissants to us in our bedroom. It wasn't quite as exciting as I expected, but Hannah loved it and now she knows who St. Lucy is, so, I guess we can declare it a success. We will definitely be continuing this tradition for years to come.



 St Lucy, pray for us!

Some Christmas Card Outtakes

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Great of Hannah. Too bad Abby's eyes are half closed.
Trying to keep little sister in her place.
Bribery with marshmallows.
It all became too much for Hannah after a while. Abigail, my little linebacker.
Christmas card pictures are a work-out. The thing is, I only have two kids. Granted, they are both toddlers, but still, there's only two of them. I don't know how mothers with three, four, five, etc, take Christmas card pictures. I suppose it gets easier when they can actually follow directions.

Nonetheless, I love having little girls in little girl dresses. Such fun!

BTW, do you notice how our tree only has lights on the top half and ornaments on the top third? Life with littles, gotta love it.

Christmas Card Preview

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
My heart grew three sizes.

Snow Day

You better believe I put about 47 layers of clothing on them before they left the house.

Do all mothers just die with how cute their kids are in snow gear?

Back inside where it's warm enjoying a nice snack of popcorn (a family favorite).

Mom, notice the slippers? Oh my gosh, they are hilarious.

Not To Be Left Out

Abby made this at storytime today.

Gingerbread House Making

Not bad, eh? Good ol' Trader Joe's

She thought this was the best thing ever. Notice all the frosting on the face?

We spent most of the time "making" it doing this instead.
Ta Da!

St. Nicholas Day

What fun! St. Nicholas also gave them the game Candyland.

So excited! Thank you St. Nicholas!

Of course Abs was trying to eat the chocolates with the wrappers on.

Random Updates

That little boy Dominic from the previous post is doing much better. Thank you for your prayers. Hopefully he and his parents will be home in time for Christmas.

And...my little Beatrice is getting adopted!!!!!! Praise Jesus!!!!! I've been praying so hard for her family to find her. And just in time for Christmas too. Oh, my cup runneth over.

As for my kids, we've been really, really enjoying this Advent season. We got our tree on Sunday. I don't think I've ever seen a kid more excited about a tree. Hannah is loving anything and everything associated with Christmas. Today we went to church to hear the school kids perform a Christmas concert. When we got there and Hannah realized they were singing Christmas songs she started yelling, "Christmas! Christmas!"

We celebrated St. Nicholas's Day on the 6th and the girls loved waking up to chocolate coins in their shoes. Although, Hannah apparently hid a few coins in her pants pockets, so when I undressed her that night I found a nice melted brown surprise. Lovely.

Tomorrow we're going to try our hand at celebrating St. Lucy's feast day. The tradition is that the eldest daughter awakes the family with breakfast. So I'm going to dress Hannah up and have her knock on our front door with some yummy breakfast treats. Should be interesting. 

Oh, and I made a Jesse tree. This deserves a post unto itself because seriously I am not crafty and I made this intensely crafty thing. And it took forever. But I am really proud of it. Even if I lost my temper more than once while making it. Okay, darnit, I'm just going to pay to have pictures on my blog again because you guys have to see all that we've been up to lately. 

I've always loved Christmastime and now that I have kids it's all the more magical. I am loving it.

Prayer Request

Friday, December 7, 2012
Will you guys please pray for this little guy and his family? I just found the family's blog and learned their little guy is at Boston Children's right now and he's not doing so well.

Here's the link to his mom's blog:http://www.dominicpio.com/

The family is from Wisconsin, but they are here in Boston for their son's surgery. In fact, we know Domenic's doctor, he was Abby's doctor for a little bit too. 

Prayers would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Updates

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
I know, I know, you guys want to see more pictures. The thing is, Blogger is trying to tell me I've run out of picture space and that I now need to pay for it. And well, I'm a cheapskate and I've been trying to figure out a way around this. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be one. Ack! So, I guess I'm going to cough up the $2.50. Speaking of cheapskate, I actually haggled with a thrift shop charity worker yesterday to buy a pair of baby pants for $.50, as opposed to a dollar.The money was for charity, but the price was listed as 50 cents and she was trying to charge me a dollar. Geesh.

In other news, I'm kinda weaning Abby. Kinda and I use the term "weaning" loosely because she is still definitely nursing. But I've cut out a few feedings and can I just say, it is wreaking havoc on my hormones and mood. Seriously. I am losing my mind. I've taken to drinking. Tis the season.

Happy 18 Months, Missy

My sweet Bubs is a year-and-a-half old today. How the heck did that happen? She can't really be almost two, can she?

Oh my Abigail what we have been through together in the last 18 months, we could write a novel. Not gonna lie, it's been tough. Real tough. But that's not a reflection on Abby. If she ever reads this one day I don't want her to think she was tough on her old mom. Abigail, I want you to know, you were and are the best surprise of my life! How we love you!

XOXO,
Mama

Hannah Singing the Our Father

Monday, December 3, 2012


Singing along with her  Brother Francis Let's Pray video. 

I love how she says "hallowed be thy king."

I just ordered her the Brother Francis Rosary dvd. Got to keep this holiness thing goin'.
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