"You will be a better mom because you are a theologian, and a better theologian because you are a mom."

Is it true? In this blog, I explore the interplay and intersection of motherhood and theologianhood.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

I think it's fair to say that one of our approaches to raising the kids Catholic is to give them a sense of how fun it is to be Catholic. Advent, though primarily a penitential season of joyful anticipation, is full of fun because it brings the lighting the Advent wreath and singing "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," each night before dinner, chocolate-filled Advent calendars (say "Maranatha" if you want your chocolate!), and, of course, there are some great feasts in Advent, like the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Another great feast is St. Nicholas, a Catholic bishop who lived in what is now Turkey. So the kids put out their shoes before bed tonight. And we moved our St. Nicholas icon to watch over the shoes tonight.
And, here's what the kids will find in the morning. Candy canes to represent St. Nicholas' crozier. Some Hershey's kisses to represent charity. Maia gets some gum just because she always wants it and I don't usually let her have any. And the kids each get a small gift too. Maia gets goggles, Eva gets a floatation belt, Patrick gets an O-ball and a plush crib sheet. So there, being Catholic is fun - not just all "offer it up" when you're sick (although Maia is getting good at that too!).

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