I think living liturgically will become much easier when my kids are a tad bit older. Right now is more just practice as they learn very little (of the intended information – they are always learning something!) from the things I have planned so far this year. Don’t get me wrong: I think it is very beneficial that I am doing this. I am learning a lot, I’m creating a habit, and the kids are enjoying and learning in their own, age appropriate ways. So, I want to continue on this path, but I will need some help. I can’t come up with ideas all on my own. That’s why I have found an arsenal of wonderful books that have all of the ideas already laid out for me. One of my faves? Feast! You know Haley, right? Carrots for Michaelmas? Her and her husband created this book out of a true labor of love. Check out her site for more info, but here is a little preview:
Feast! is the book we wish we had when we first started observing the Christian Year. It is 125 pages of real food to celebrate the liturgical year and lives of the saints and reflections on the seasons of the Christian calendar and simple traditions. Feast! features 23 simple real food recipes for the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter, and well-known saints’ days like St. George’s Day, St. Rose of Lima’s Day, and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Day as well as less familiar saints like St. Charles Lwanga and St. Raymond Nonnatus.
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So, here’s my thinking. Sometimes, I read other ‘Catholic Mom Blogs’ and I forget my kids are still VERY young. I want to live liturgically, but I think it’s super important to scale it back and remember the age-appropriate thing too you know? So like, for Advent- our BIG DEAL was talking EVERY DAY about the birthday cake we were going to make on Christmas Eve. And, singing ‘o come o come Emmanuel’. that’s it. But, it REALLY worked for us. I cannot wait to be crazy about the liturgical year, but for now, we are easing into it. Still trying to decide what we are going to do for lent…any super simple ideas you wanna share? (remember, for all of Advent, we did just those two things! lol).
Laurel S. says
hmm. my favorite feast? other than the biggies… i would have to say holy thursday.
That’s hard……ALL Saints Day.
Trinity Sunday, but we are still developing how we actually celebrate it at home! We really only started focusing on liturgical living in the last year so awesome blog and book resources are invaluable to us! :)
Our Lady of Guadalupe…we have a special candle and have Mexican food!
My daughter is graduating from college this year, and we’re still all fired up about liturgical things. I don’t cook special foods so much, but we’re definitely into all the associated paraphernalia. Advent wreathes, Jesse tree, May crowning, Three Kings stuff. You name it.
One book I heartily recommend, though liturgically, it’s a bit old-school (that has it’s charm, to be sure), is Cooking for Christ, by Florence Berger. It’s a total gem, and you absolutely will NOT be disappointed. It’s only available as a print resource from the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. Here’s the address: http://www.ncrlcstore.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=007
Best $13 I ever spent on a cookbook. It’s very inspiring. I wish I would have found it earlier.
It is really hard to do a lot of liturgical stuff with kids too young to realize it. It definitely gets easier as they get older.
Forgot to add, my favorite feast is St. Joseph’s Day. A nice break, right in the middle of Lent. and good ole’ St. Joe always has our back.
colleen martin says
For LL Saints Day, my kids dress up as saints for school. I love the finished product, but it’s a lot of work!
Emily Barnes says
We’re still working on living liturigcally. Our son is still an infant, but we would like to get into the habits for ourselves as well. Right now, my favorite day is the feast of St. Matthew. It is my husband’s feast day, so I use it as an opportunity to do extra little things for him. Both in action and prayer :)
Lindsay Teague says
I’m very excited to create some new traditions/memories with my children as they get older. I would really like to do something special for All Saints Day and the feast of St. Lucia this year. :)
I need to change my settings to getting these posts more regularly instead of once a week. My favorite feast day, and my husbands, Feast of Christ the King, hands down.
Kind of embaressed to admit that I don’t have one outside of the big days like Christmas and Easter. We’re just starting to live liturgically, so we have a ways to go.
Carolyn Svellinger says
So far- St. Nicholas day… But I so want to celebrate feast days for each of our boy’s middle name (we picked Cath names for the middle). But like you, we are juuuuust starting. I’m excited to attempt St. Valentine’s day :)
Thanks for the exciting giveaway milady!