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Advent Candles and Resources
December 1, 2011, 11:09 am
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“The liturgical year is not an idle discipline, not a sentimentalist definition of piety, not an historical anachronism. It is Jesus with us, for us, and in us as we strive to make His life our own. It is goad and guide to the kind of personal spirituality that is worthy of the Jesus whose commitment to the Word of God led Him all the way to the cross and beyond it—to Resurrection.”

(Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year)

Our entire extended family has been a bit out of commission with a pretty miserable cold for the past week so this post is coming a little late. We’re a little bit behind on everything but we’ve been getting ready for Advent. My mom ordered an Advent Candle Making Kit from Toadily Handmade, the only company we could find that offers 100% beeswax advent candles. Benjamin had a BALL making the candles. He thought it was simply grand. They were so easy to make and look so pretty.

He also made a wreath at Marmee’s house last weekend. I’ll post pictures of it when I have a minute.

I’ve found several really helpful Advent-related posts:

Ideas for Celebrating Advent:

Karen Edmisten’s A No Panic Advent: The Monstrously Long Post 

In the Heart of My Home’s Planning Ahead for Advent and Christmas (which I totally failed to do)

My post from last year: Various Things Related to Advent

Advent Book Lists:

Waltzing Matilda’s Favorite Advent/Christmas Books and Advent Basket of Books

Advent Calendar’s:

Passionate Homemaking’s Our Simple Advent Calendar

Simple Mom’s An Easy, No Frills Advent Calendar

Advent Reflections:

SlowMama’s Hello, Advent

My Mom’s blog, Margo’s Corner also has several Advent related posts

And when our household is completely better from the cold that’s been plaguing us (I think it’s just Daniel now that feels crummy), we plan on doing some sort of Jesse Tree. Any great ideas for that?

And don’t forget that tomorrow is that last day to enter my giveaway for beeswax candles from local Full Moon Apiary. Win some candles!

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GIVEAWAY! (NOW CLOSED) Beeswax Candles from Local Apiary: Full Moon Farm
November 26, 2011, 6:53 pm
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While the boys enjoy a well-deserved nap, Lucy and I are relaxing and coming up with a Giveaway for you, dear reader, as I enjoy a post-Thanksgiving-madness/week-of-illness cup of tea. We’re all mostly better, just a little congested. Benjamin’s breathing is easier and Lucy never got a fever, so I think we’re out of the woods with this bug before the new week begins. Yay!

And here’s the giveaway…

Two beautiful beeswax candles from Monticello, FL Apiary, Full Moon Farm! You can see Full Moon Farm around at the Lake Ella Farmer’s Market and other Tallahassee farmer’s markets as well as Tupelo Bakery and the Jefferson’s Farmer’s Market in Monticello. You can also check them out by “liking” Full Moon Apiary on Facebook which has updates about which days they will be at which farmer’s market. I love to support local business and I LOVE beeswax candles. Their natural color and scent is so wonderful. At Lucy’s Baptism, Fr. Tim mentioned when explaining the lighting of candles in the rite that beeswax is the preferred substance for liturgical candles, not only because of its high quality and clean aromatic burn, but also because the bee is a symbol for Christ, tirelessly caring for His Church. Another reason to love beeswax!

It’s a great time for candles as the season of Advent approaches (tomorrow!!!) followed by Christmastide. You could use one for the Christ Candle in the center of your Advent wreath or you could save your candles until Candlemas in February and have them blessed for use in domestic liturgical celebrations for the year.

So…to enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post. To get a second entry, subscribe via email or RSS feed and leave a second comment to let me know you did (or that you’re already a subscriber). Giveaway ends Friday, December 2nd at midnight and I’ll use a random number generator to choose a winner. I’ll announce the winner Saturday, December 3rd.

Disclosure: Full Moon Farm doesn’t know who I am. I’m just saying thanks to my readers/subscribers with a fun gift and promoting some good local farming.

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And the winner is…..Comment #3: Brittany of Sweetly in the Trees  Congrats! Email or FB me your address and I’ll send them next week 🙂

 



Tea for a Cold and Preparing for Candlemas
January 26, 2011, 2:14 pm
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Candlemas is on February 2nd and I would really like to make some 100% beeswax candles to be blessed for the year. Any suggestions on where to get the supplies and how to do it? I think beeswax can be expensive so we might only make a few, I just don’t want to be burning anything toxic in our home. You can read the very little that I know about Candlemas on last year’s Feast day post. But I still have some questions about it such as, do all Catholic churches bless candles that you bring to Mass on Candlemas? Or is it celebrated on the Sunday before? Or is it after the Mass? Anybody know?

Elizabeth Foss wrote a beautiful entry this morning about how her family uses blessed candles throughout the year at her blog, In the Heart of my Home.

Benjamin thoughtfully shared his cold with me this week so we’re both congested and coughing but not feeling too crummy. Unfortunately, our hot water heater has been broken since Friday so nice hot baths to relieve achy muscles and congestion haven’t been an option at our house. Hopefully it’ll be resolved this afternoon when “Mr. Plumber,” as Benjamin calls him, comes for a second time.

I’ve been soothing my sore throat with steaming hot tea. I recently found out that I’m allergic to black, green, and white tea so herbal tea is my only option. However, I’ve been also staying away from lemongrass and other non-pregnancy safe herbs, (I don’t think I’m pregnant yet, but since we’re open to getting pregnant again I want to be careful just in case), which cuts down significantly on my options. So I just made an old-timey cold remedy out of lemon juice and raw honey.

Just squeeze some lemon juice and honey into the bottom of a mug and fill it with hot water. Feels great to a sore throat! Hopefully we’ll all be better soon.