A big pre-Advent hug to Esther of A Catholic Mom in Hawaii for this sweet award! From the award site:
What is the Spirit of Christmas you ask?
Quite simply it is those that have a generous and giving nature. Those who care about others. Those who have a kind word to say or a broad shoulder to lean on in the times that others need that. Those who display the "Spirit of Christmas".
Wow! I'm honored...and as the Christmas Season is still a few weeks away, I'd like to pass the award to the following lovely ladies who daily make me smile:
Knit Together In Love
Totus Tuus Family
As Cozy As Spring
Mary's Little Lyons...yeah, I know you don't have time to post anymore, but you still make me smile ;-D
And a "tip o' the mantilla to Fr. Robert Fox of Fatima Family, for this reminder:
THANKSGIVING is a great family feast and time to thank God for His many blessings. But it is NOT the beginning of the liturgical Christmas season. In fact the Christmas season for the Church and all devout Catholics does not begin until Christmas Eve. THEN IT CONTINUES THROUGH EPIPHANY, Jan. 6, 2008 this year, unto the Baptism of Christ; then back into Ordinary time for a few weeks - until Lent. Advent ( begins evening of Dec. 1 this year ) and is the time to prepare during 4 weeks for the CHRISTMAS SEASON, the birth of Jesus Christ; the Incarnation. A SPIRITUALLY AWESOME TIME. Let us celebrate THE GREAT CHRISTIAN FEASTS AND SEASONS WITH THE CHURCH in our domestic churches, our families. Follow the Church; not the commercial world and consumerism. Prepare for Christ’s birthday during Advent, day by day FOR 4 WEEKS.