Feast Day Fun: Holy Family!

This is one of my favorite Feast Days of the whole Liturgical Calendar!

The Feast of the Holy Family!

I’ve made a number of Holy Family/ Nativity sets over the years. This was a gift for Bill, the Christmas before we were married. The figures were loosely based on patterns I found in a magazine…and the clothing and the stable were architected improvised with limited sewing skills.

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Kelly Saints Christmas Ornaments

Just recently, we released the Kelly Saints Blessing Cards…a craft kit to print your own stash of All Catholic Occasion Greeting Cards! With the purchase of the kit, you have permission to copy, so you can print another collection of awesome Catholic cards, add invitation envelopes and put them in a dollar store gift box…and give them to your favorite Catholic penpal or serious greeting-card-sender. Great for Grandmas who love to send hand-written notes, but can’t readily hit Hallmark.

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Nesting… for Sock Baby Jesus

Sometimes despite our best intentions, some of our Advent programs or devotionals start to wane in the second or third week. We get behind in our Jesse Tree Ornaments…or miss the Advent devotionals altogether as we rush through the hectic days before Christmas. We’re doing our best…

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Advent: Week One!

We don’t have a fresh Advent Wreath this year, but I managed to find the Advent candles I purchased after Christmas about 5 years ago!

Looks like a bit of a bleak crowd humoring Mom with the Advent reading and lighting the first candle…before they dive into homemade Schnitzel.

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Give the gift you’ll feel great about giving….

Give the gift you’ll feel great about giving….

  They’re QUIZZING CARDS you can play ACTUAL CARD GAMES with!

They can be SORTED…by any number of categories

…TIMELINE: life years, canonization dates,

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Gold for the Shoes

I know that American Thanksgiving is this Thursday, followed by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday…and I’ll probably have some special deals posted on our Cathletics Craft Kits…but HOLD ON!

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Ready for Advent?

The Feast of Christ the King (one of my favorite Feast Days!) marks the last Sunday of the Liturgical Calendar…Advent starts NEXT WEEK! The Jubilee Year dedicated to the theme of Mercy begins shortly after that, on December 8th!

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Miniature Painted Saints

If you’ve been hanging out here at Equipping Catholic Families, you’ll know that I’ve been creating little painted saints for quite some time and have come up with all sorts of ways to play with them! I’ve got quite the gallery of them now between my original painted saints and the Decoupage Saints I made with the help of Catholic Icing’s Printables.

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A Jumpstart on the Jesse Tree!

I was honored to receive Jen’s new 85-page ebook Our Family’s Jesse Tree for review!

I have over the last few years participated in a Jesse Tree Ornament swap, received these awesome Jesse Tree Treasures and made my own Handprint Jesse Tree Banner (which can also be used throughout Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time with other ornaments or Saint tokens!)

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Feast Day Fun: Epiphany and Felt Kings Tutorial

For a number of reasons including a significant blog breakdown and a one-day window to get our Christmas tree to the curb, the Feast of the Epiphany  was a little quiet at our house this year!

Many families celebrate this last day of the Christmas season with a party, celebrating the Kings arrival at Jesus’ Crib. This celebration no doubt includes King Cake…and finding a coin or ring (or Baby Jesus) inside it! Some families even let the coin- or ring-finder be King (or Queen!) for the Day!

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