{phfr} - Guadate Sunday and Tree Trimming

When we first got married, we used to wait until Christmas Eve to trim our tree. Back then, we didn't visit relatives on Christmas Eve,  so we could pull that off. But now, since we spend Christmas Eve with family, it makes sense to trim our tree earlier and enjoy it for longer. What better day that Guadate Sunday, the day that shifts our focus from looking forward to the second coming of Christ to anticipating celebrating His first coming? ;-)


I could watch these three all day. They make me so happy. And just look at all that glorious sunlight!


Big girl, so happy to put the angel on the tree. "It's like the angel that came to Mary!"


Do you know how impossible it is to get two little girls to look at the camera and smile at the same time? On the upside, Therese continues to make the most excellent silly faces ever...


Even Batman is awaiting the birth of the Christ Child (in our house, at least)...


I also managed to get Andrew to take a few pictures of me. Goofy pictures, mostly, but at least there's photographic proof that I was around. ;-)


  1. Love the Batman! When my oldest was little he used to drive Baby Jesus around in a toy car. I like to think Jesus loved it. Great silly faces!

  2. I don't know how to make them both look at the camera at the same time... but if you figure it out, let me know! Blessings, Annie

  3. I think using Gaudete Sunday is an excellent idea! It combines practicality with domestic liturgy!

    I grew up in a house where everything came in Christmas Eve, the tree, the decorations, the presents, everything. My mother says it was traditional and she and Dad didn't mind in the end, but it was EXHAUSTING, unreasonably so.

    So Gaudete everybody!


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