Sunday, January 1, 2012

The world can stop at a partridge in a pear tree if it wants to, but I'm in for the whole 12 days.

The stores are displaying their Valentine's Day merchandise and your neighbors' snow-bound trees are slumped by the curb like evicted Ghosts of Christmas Past, but the season isn't over yet. Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving. Here's how Steven Greydanus, and some of his readers, keep the holiday.
We got a great idea from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families (buy it here): make your living room window into a giant Advent wreath. You can see the candles in this photo of our tree. You "light" them one by one with yellow tissue paper, and when Christmas day arrives, you can change the purple and pink tissue candles to white.
I've never gotten 12 presents for any one Christmas, but I  think it would be cool to open just one gift a day until they ran out, instead of opening them all on Christmas Day.  Of course, this idea is as popular with the Beazlies Minor as, say, packing away the Wii for the summer. So I'm pretty sure it will always get vetoed in the lower house.

   Another tradition I  like is the "pass on to your little sister the nativity set which has been in your family for sixty years" tradition.  You have to have a little sister and be unselfish to carry on that tradition, so I'm afraid the ox stops here on both counts. One must use these opportunities to practice being a grateful and humble receiver.

Enjoy the last week of Christmas!



  2. Thanks for sharing that photo Mrs. Beazly, I was thinking about that Nativity set a lot this year at home.

  3. I love that photo of the Nativity scene. What happened to Grandpa and Grandma's set? It was identical (except less chipped), and as far as I know, no one has it.

  4. Doris Rose Jones gave it to me, Ted. I also have the red cookie cutters with the gingerbread man who has a Beatles haircut.

    Mrs. P., I believe the current owners of Aunty M.'s old house are taking good care of Grandma & Grandpa's nativity set.