The Epiphany of the Lord

The Epiphany of the Lord Blessed Is She First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory. Nations shall walk…

What is Epiphany? Sara Borstede What is Epiphany? Epiphany is a celebration of the arrival of wise men, also called magi, from the East who brought gifts to Baby Jesus. The word “Epiphany” means an appearance or manifestation, especially of a divine being. For many Christians, Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season. Epiphany is on January 6,…

Discovering Traditions: Epiphany by Robin Rivera | Solveig Werner

Today, is Epiphany and I am happy to welcome back Robin Rivera for this second Discovering Traditions guest post, as well as her second guest appearance on my blog. You can find her advent calendar contribution here, and read the previous Discovering Traditions post by Dr Gulara Vincent about New Year’s here.

Epiphany Robin Rivera
When I was young, the Epiphany was a joy. It was a last little Christmas to prolong the holiday season, and I loved it. Before bed on the eve of the Epiphany (January 5th) my mother would tell us stories about the three kings. My mother went to a strict Catholic girl’s school, and her stories were vivid and packed with countless details. That night we filled our oldest pair of shoes with straw and set them outside along with a bowl of water. In the morning, the straw and water was gone, gobbled up by the three king’s camels. In thanks for our offerings, the kings always left us gifts. Small gold foil wrapped chocolates, exotic smelling incense sticks and small toys were tucked into our shoes. We often received new shoes too, the old ones disappeared forever. Eaten by these poor half-starved camels, or so my mother said.

On the Epiphany there would be a lovely family meal. It always ended with hot coco and a spicy ring cake made from an old family recipe. The cake wasn’t fancy, and in truth, it was a bit more bread than cake, but it was always delicious. She coved it with creamy icing and sprinkled the top with colored sugar. Tradition says there should be a small plastic doll baked inside the cake, and whoever finds the doll will have good luck all year. But my mother would never allow it. She feared someone would break a tooth, or swallow the doll whole and choke to death.

Monday Mom Confessions: Not Everyone Loves Christmas

From December 2015. Christmas In Our Neck Of The Woods Love Sarah This has been a week of EXTREME HIGHS AND LOWS. I am still wrapping my head around the EVENTS that have taken place.I am FINALLY FEELING THE SPIRIT OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ADVENT NOW CHRISTMAS SEASON.SO IS DANNY. (Sort of.) He is relieved ,…

How To Feel Awe And Wonder Again On Christmas Morning

By One Thing Alone How to Feel Awe and Wonder Again on Christmas Morning In the middle of playing patty-cakes, my toddler stops short, awe and wonder written on her face, lips pursed in rapt attention, eyebrows knitted, finger stretched to the sky. And then I hear it: a plane buzzing overhead. A grin spreads…

The Stubbornness of Intentional Gratitude {For Those Lonely On Christmas}

The Stubbornness of Intentional Gratitude By Jennifer Dukes Lee, {From Sarah:This was a post Jennifer wrote for Thanksgiving. I thought it was also appropriate for any day…Like Christmas Day. Merry Christmas to those of you who are alone today. Or Lonely. Love Sarah} The days when I don’t feel like singing at all, are the days when…

Miracle on 34th Street Review By Classic For A Reason

From Sarah: This is one of the best blogs I know of for reviews on CLASSIC Movies… Miracle On 34Th Street is one of my all times favorites. Not just at Christmas but anytime…. Miracle on 34th Street, 1947, 20th Century Fox. Starring Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn. Directed by George Seaton….

12 Absolute BEST Family Christmas Traditions

1. Fingerfood Dinner

With all the preparations that go into Christmas parties and outreach, this little tradition is pure bliss for me. My kids love choosing one fingerfood each to prepare, like a crackers and cheese tray, quartered sandwiches, chips and dip, brownies, or a fruit tray. They prepare it themselves with help from me as needed. It is fun, tasty… and easy on a busy momma!

Advent Calendar Day 24: A German Christmas | Solveig Werner

rman, but grew up in Germany the US and France. Still Christmas stayed a completely German affair. Not all parts of Germany are very Christmassy, nor are all Germans Christians. Still Christmas is important.

Today, I want to share some of my traditions for the 24th of December, or Heiligabend (Holy Evening).
The 24th of December starts with the opening of the last bag, window or door of the advent calendar. Because Christmas is almost here! Actually celebrations happen on the 24th rather than on the 25th. Today things are different for many Children in Germany, because most will be banned from the living room for most of the day.

In the living room, one can hear parents or grandparents (the number of adults allowed inside is often limited, at least in my family, to preserve the magic) rummaging around as they are transforming it into a magical place. Many kids will at one point in their life try to get a look through the keyhole or if the door is made out of glass through the makeshift curtains. Are the mountains of presents big? Where are my presents?
But quickly this nosiness will be taken over by a feeling of guilt, hoping that no one saw. I recall that one year I threw a look through the keyhole and all I could see were presents hidden underneath tea towels, I guess I was in the age of curiosity and my parents knew it.
The 24th must be the slowest day of the year for kids, and the quickest for adults. It drags on, and even though it is right after the winter solstice it seems as though night does not want to fall.
The Christmases with snow make the wait so much easier, as one can go sleighing, build a snowman or just have fun outside. It’s also the moment for those last minute presents and creation of window decorations.

With the day dragging on slowly or sprinting past (it’s a question of perspective) everyone is relieved when it is time to go to church. The 24th seems to be the day of the year for which churches exist… My family often goes to Church, but not always. Here in Paris it is not easy to find a Lutheran service, especially if you are looking for it to be held in German…

Making Memories: Christmas Edition

Making Memories: Christmas Edition By Beth Walker Making Memories: Christmas Edition One of the sayings our family has picked up from my coach husband’s college football teams is “making memories.” The teams use this phrase when great things happen, like an overtime win, but more often they use it when something hard happens. My husband,…

Home {Alone} For Christmas – 10 Activities To Do With Your Littles On Christmas ⋆ A Little R & R

I’ll admit it – it was a lot easier preparing my heart to be alone on Christmas than it was to actually be alone on Christmas.

Okay – I wasn’t technically alone: I had my kids with me. But a 14-month old and an almost 3 year old do not really understand Christmas.

After the initial depression wore off, I decided I needed to be proactive and come up with a plan of distraction. Ever been there?

After a fun Facebook post where people shared their ideas, this is what we came up with!

Here are 10 activities you can do with your littles when you’re home alone for Christmas

Green Bean Casserole –

Green Bean Casserole – The green bean casserole was first created in 1955 by the Campbell Soup Company. The original inspiration was to make use of 2 items that most American families always had on hand. Green beans and cream of mushroom soup. Perhaps, it was also to ensure that most American families always had those items on hand. Regardless of the original intent, it’s been a staple dish on supper and special occasion tables all over the country ever since.
Green Bean Casserole

This updated version was shared with me by a very dear friend and fantastic cook, Lynn. Lynn took on the task of updating and re-creating this classic dish to her taste. I’m so glad she did, I love her take on this casserole, and I’m delighted she allowed me to pass on her creation to all of you. Thanks Lynn, it’s a keeper in my cookbook!

How To Give Your Kids A Good Christmas

How To Give Your Kids A Good Christmas December 22, 2014 by stultsmamaof4 5 Comments I woke up feeling a little sorry for myself this morning, sorry for my family, too.  It hasn’t been the Christmas season we expected or wanted, and I’m left wondering: how do you give your kids a good Christmas when nothing…

Who Are You Celebrating with this Christmas?

Who Are You Celebrating with this Christmas? By Carla Clemens The Glorious Table Who Are You Celebrating with this Christmas? Christmas.  The very word makes my heart beat faster.  I am blessed to have an awesome little family of boys to celebrate with every year. Being in the military has taken our family far from…

Tangerine Glazed Ham – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I never grew up with ham on Christmas. When I was a kid Christmas dinner was pretty much an exact replica of Thanksgiving. Once I got in college I think was about when we started mixing it up. We have done baby back ribs, standing rib roast, steak, and many other meals since then. My husband would eat ham at almost ever holiday, so that is what he puts in his request for most times. I almost never use a glaze when I bake my hams though. Well after making this Tangerine Glazed Ham, that is going to change. The glaze gives the ham so much great flavor, I completely fell in love.

Tangerine Glazed Ham – a delicious baked ham with a sweet tangerine glaze. Perfect for any holiday table.

Decorate Your Heart With Joy This Christmas

Welcome to our special series, “Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Holidays.” Over the next few weeks, you get to enjoy the wonderful words of my amazing friends as they share with you creative and practical ways you can keep Christ in the middle of all of your celebrations. Our prayer is that you…

20 of the Best Holiday Recipes – Dinner at the Zoo

The holidays are fast approaching, which means it’s time to get to work in the kitchen! My blogger friends and I have put together a list of over 20 of the very best holiday recipes. From sweet treats to savory side dishes, there are tons of amazing recipes that are perfect for your holiday celebrations. Enjoy!

The Light of the World Brings Hope at Christmas

The Light of the World Brings Hope at Christmas The Light of the World Brings Hope at Christmas Don’t you just love this time of year? As soon as the turkey is cold, many people rush to the attic for the red and green boxes full of Christmas decorations. They tack lights to the eaves…

It’s beginning to look a lot like…(well, not quite)

I really enjoyed this post. . Posted By Inspiration With An Attitudes I’m sitting on the patio at our middle daughter’s rented reconditioned print-shop-turned-bungalow in upstate New York.  At this writing, Christmas is but a few days hence, but my hopes for a white one are completely dashed since, opposite of last year’s white out,…