The Feast of St. Nicholas ~
This year we opted to hang our stockings the night before St. Nicholas’ feast day. The next morning everyone was excited to see what “St. Nick” had left 🙂 After reading Saint Nicholas, The Story of the Christmas Legend, we drew names for our Kris Kringle. We will secretly do nice things for that person until we reveal who we are on Christmas morning.
We also prepared our “Angel Tree” gift to take and leave at church that evening. There is so much joy in GIVING!!
Saint Nicholas please pray for us that each step made in these slippers may be a joyful one in love and service of one another for the love of Jesus!
May your day be filled with lots and lots of giving!
The kids slippers were still like new from last year so I had them put them outside their bedroom doors before bed. The “spirit” of St. Nick was in the house last night leaving coins and goodies in their slippers. Just like St. Nicholas used to do to help those in need. His coins were real – ours were chocolate 🙂
Each child also had a book placed under their shoes :
I just LOVE this
book that we use in the atrium! I’m so glad to have added a copy of it to our library.
Buck likes his “Battle for Heaven” book and we all enjoyed
The kids also got this new Veggie Tales DVD ~
We had a little family movie time watching it and Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa. Another of our favorites.
The Housecat and Snuggle Bug got these beautiful books I found at Dollar Tree with these beautiful Christian notepads.
St. Nicholas Slippers
House Cat and Snuggle Bug did a GREAT job on their tilmas
. Snuggle Bug also made some pretty roses from coffee filters and pipe cleaners. Pretty crafty, huh?
Buck’s and Honeybee’s Tilma’s turned out soooooo cute!
Our Mexican Wedding Cakes turned out yummy! Although I did have to add a litle extra milk to get them to stick together. I also baked them about 18 min.
My honey made the enchiladas this time and did a GREAT job!
We hope your day was as full of fun and blessings as ours was.
Our Lady of the America’s
Pray For Us!
17th ~ The O’Antiphons
The “O” Antiphons are the seven jewels of our liturgy, dating back to the fourth century, one for each day until Christmas Eve. These antiphons address Christ with seven magnificent Messianic titles, based on the Old Testament prophecies and types of Christ. The Church recalls the variety of the ills of man before the coming of the Redeemer. (Taken from Catholic Culture)
An O’Antiphon’s Lapbook ~
Snuggle Bug and I enjoyed putting this lapbook together. The O’ Antiphons
are so interesting to research! I was so excited last year when I figured out
that the beautiful hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel was actually the O’ Antiphons being sung! With the help of a pack of various sized and colored card stock, a printer, scissors and a glue stick, this lapbook was a cinch to assemble! We used a bright yellow
gold file folder as our base
crown, since these titles are often referred to as the seven jewels of our liturgy
She used this list
for her front flaps.
Then our resident computer expert, The House Cat, saved these symbols
in My Pictures folder on the computer, opened them with the Paint option, adjusted the sizes, and printed them. Snuggle Bug mounted them on a piece of card stock with the corresponding date alongside.
We glued the top edge of this card to a larger card.
Then I printed out these
scripture references. We cut these in strips, divided by day, and folded them to where the outside edges met in the middle. These were then glued under the top card and can be opened and read like this.
(Make sure you place these towards the bottom so you can lift the top flap and read easily.)
I also printed and cut out the verse of O Come, O Come Emmanuel
for each O’ Antiphon and she glue those right below the cards.
Each card looks like this when completed. Look toward the end of the post to see how they are all arranged.
I’m sure this will be a well used lapbook for years to come!
Our O’Anthiphon Tree ~
Last year the kids made small O’ Antiphon ornaments for a “very” mini Christmas tree we had. I printed the images
onto a piece of cardstock and they cut them out, colored them, and we taped the titles on the back.
December 17th ~
O Sapientia ~Wisdom who came from the the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence!
December 18th ~
O Adonai, Lord and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law n Sinai, come to redeem us with an outstretched arm!
December 19th ~
O Radix Jesse O Root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the people, before whom the kings keep silent, and whom the Gentiles shall seek, come to deliver us, do not tarry.
December 20th ~
O Clavis (Key of) David and scepter of the house of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, and shuts and no man opens, come to liberate the prisoner from his prison, and those that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death.
December 21st ~
O Oriens (Rising Dawn) of the east, brightness of the everlasting light, and Son of justice, come and enlighten those that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!
December 22nd ~
O Rex Gentium, O King of the Gentiles and desired one, the corner-stone, that makes both one: come to save man, whom you made out of the dust of the earth!
December 23rd ~
O Emmanuel, God with us, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles and their Savior: come to save us, O Lord our God!