Christmas & Epiphany

Christmas Mary

(Our Advent spiral on Christmas morning.)

We had a wonderful Christmas, with the Christmas pageant at church and lots of family get-togethers. Plus having my little guy home from school was the best Christmas present.

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For Epiphany (January 6), the 12th Day of Christmas and the day the Wise Men reached the baby Jesus, we were able to squeeze in a few fun activities, around school and the kiddo’s Irish Step Dance class. We started the day off by reading about the Wise Men reaching Bethlehem, as G moved our Wise Men peg dolls and their gifts.

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(This is what we read. Do you know this Bible? It is so wonderful! It is written in story format, has gorgeous illustrations, and (my favourite part) shows how the whole Bible, from the beginning of the Old Testament on up, links to Christ and his Coming. It is magical and amazing.)epiphany epiphany2

The Little Guy is quite the reader now and read me several pages of the story, all on his own.epiphany3 epiphany4 moving wisemen2 wise men

In between school and his Irish dance class, we had time to do an Epiphany word search puzzle, found here.

Then after dinner, we made this ridiculously fun Three Wisemen ornament (a printable you can get at the blog Catholic Icing. It is part of her Advent Saints set). Seriously, it was ridiculous how much fun we had. You colour it (or print the pre-coloured one), put each piece together into a triangle shaped section, then string them together and you can “rearrange” what each Wise Man wears. Instead of putting ours on string, we put it on a pipe cleaner, which seemed more durable for play since that is what G wants to do with his.

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Tomorrow I will pick up chalk our priest blessed at church to do our home chalk blessing. We did this last year, too, and said this prayer as we did it: God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten One to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen. (Information on Home Chalk Blessing available here and here, in case you are interested.)

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May the light of Christ our Lord shine in all our hearts.

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