Friday, December 27, 2013

St. John's Love

December 27 is the feast day of St. John the Evangelist. I found out from this website about a merry tradition of blessing (and sharing) wine in his honor. It's not directly pertaining to the season, but I hear there aren't many better ways to make merry than opening up a bottle to pass around, right? I'm going to try and get a few blessed for the year, especially since I have a recipe for mulled wine I'm trying out this weekend. Read more about the blessing of the wine here at Catholic Culture.

Remember, it's still Christmas for three more weeks!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

May the astounding miracle of the Incarnation of the Word, come unto mankind as a sweet, helpless, lovable baby, break anew over you this holy and joyful season.

Merry Christmas from the Stallworths

Monday, December 23, 2013

O Emmanuel!

O Emmanuel, 
our King and Giver of Law: 
come to save us, Lord our God!

From the O Antiphons. More about the O Antiphons here.

More Advent songs here.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

O Rex Gentium!

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: 
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

From the O Antiphons. More about the O Antiphons here.

More Advent songs here.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

O Oriens!

O Radiant Dawn, 
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: 
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness 
and in the shadow of death.

From the O Antiphons. More about the O Antiphons here.

 More Advent songs here.

Friday, December 20, 2013

O Clavis David!

O Key of David, 
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: 
come and free the prisoners of darkness!  

From the O Antiphons. More about the O Antiphons here.

 More Advent songs here.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

O Radix Jesse!

O Root of Jesse’s stem, 
sign of God’s love for all his people: 
come to save us without delay!

From the O Antiphons. More about the O Antiphons here.

I found this rendition at this post at Aleteia about Advent music. More Advent songs here.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

O Adonai!

O Leader of the House of Israel, 
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: 
come to rescue us with your mighty power!

From the O Antiphons. More about the O Antiphons here.

 More Advent songs here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

O Sapientia!

O Wisdom of our God Most High, 
guiding creation with power and love: 
come to teach us the path of knowledge!

From the O Antiphons. More about the O Antiphons here.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Reading aloud on St Lucia's Day

Apparently, I have lost the will to blog.

First, Part 2 of the home atrium interview was supposed to be the last week. Then I promised it to you for Wednesday. But on Tuesday night Evernote ate it. Evernote never used to do this kind of thing to me, until the last time I updated it on my phone, which is probably not even the most recent update available. Anyway,  I considered just putting up the phone interview in its raw form (at least I still have that), but I just haven't been defeated enough to do that, or motivated enough to redo it. Yet.

Instead, though, here's a nice little surprise from Melissa Wiley. I had Hannah's Christmas on my Christmas wish list of books, after seeing it recommended, and also basically loving all of her Little House books. A week ago, though, after seeing the prices for a used copy, I took it off the list. I just didn't think it was going to happen. But today, voila!

She also posted an introduction to the interview, which you can also get to from her place, Here in the Bonny Glen. She sounds so cute! But while you're here, let me tell you: I added her video to my playlist of children's book read alouds—which is now all of five books long. Now, there are tons of great kids' book videos online, I know it. But after searching and adding the first four, I got overwhelmed thinking about the possibilities. Then I forgot, for a long time, that I even started the playlist.

So, tell me, and maybe leave me a link in the comments: do you have a favorite video of a children's book?

Monday, December 9, 2013

One Week into Advent

My birthday was over Thanksgiving weekend (my first 39th!) and it was lovely, as I shared with you. Well, I thought I shared, but I haven't been paying attention to the blog as much as I meant to (what else is new), and so the blog posts I thought up just kept racking up. I cheated and posted the one for the day after my birthday for that date, but the second part about the home atrium that was due for last week will go up tomorrow. I'll post others as I fix them into a shareable form, for which I have decided this one now (barely) qualifies. But real life will not relent in passing by, and we've been trying to catch it in moments like these

I was going to say something clever here, but the kids objected to it. 

and these

Christmas trees before the first Sunday of Advent? I didn't say anything. No grouchy humbug here.
Seriously, they were having too much fun on "vacation" with Daddy for me to think about being grumpy.
I think I'm getting better. 

and these

Playing with friends at Krystin's! Although this mesmerization of the crowd with a Christmas TV show, aside from being the only way to take a picture with almost everyone in the frame, was the best (only) picture I took.

and I don't always capture them on schedule

Ditto with our Advent wreath. It would break the week before Advent starts. We had a simple brass ring with the cups to hold four tapers, very easy, very decorable (is that a word? Does it mean what I think it means?), very popular. As in, they sell out fast at our parish's book store, and are not restocked until next year. Since I would be out of town the first Sunday of Advent, I knew I likely wasn't getting one from there. Ordering a new one online didn't work out as amoothly and quickly as I hoped, so this past week I improvised.

I'm calling it a wreath, but it's more like an Advent cloche. I already had the cake stand, the ivy, and the tea lights. I bought the colored tea light holders from Hobby Lobby, where I went hoping to find either a bona fide Advent wreath or something I could make into one. 

I also picked up other candles, including a three-count set of white pillars, one of which you see here as my Christmas candle. I used some beeswax to affix the candle cups onto the cake stand. 

A little plain, but I like the understated look of it.

Still, I knew I would miss my traditional arrangement, so I also decided to attempt one with some floral foam, more fake greenery, and long candles. In the whole store I couldn't put together a matching set of three purple candles and one pink (rose) candle. So I bought three "formal" candles and two "tapers." Oh, well—that first week candle is always gone by the end of Advent. We'll just burn it down and use the last taper as a spare.

Close enough!

Did I ever mention that Advent is my favorite season?

Hey! I'm in time for the Advent wreath link up!


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