Reblog: Advent posts

KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS!

KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS!

I’m reblogging myself.  Is that weird?

Anyway. . .

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, its the New Church Year, as of Sunday, and that means its the start of Advent.  To get everyone ready for the coming feast of Christmas, I’m linking to some earlier posts on this blog that might be of interest to you readers.  All have a Christmas/Advent feel to them.

The first is my post on certain Christmas traditions, such as Yule Logs and Christmas trees.  I learned a lot writing it, and I hope you learn a lot reading it!

The next is my post on the Dating of Christmas and Easter.  There are a lot of confused thoughts about the dates for these important feasts in the Church, and rightly so, seeing as they are the two most important feasts on our calender.  Perhaps this post might help in your devotion to the feasts.

Finally, there is my post on Mary and St. Joseph’s marriage.  How can there be a valid marriage if they don’t consummate (since Mary and Joseph did not have sexual intercourse)?  This post delves into that question.

Remember, if you have questions, send them this way!

And now for the reason why there’s a GIANT “Keep Christ in Christmas” picture at the top of this post.  Its because I’m participating in the KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS Blog Link-Up 2013, sponsored by the Catholic Bloggers Network (SO COOL!).

Check all these cool blogs (links below) and maybe, just maybe, you’ll learn some fun Adventiness you never learned before.  I just started reading them, and I’ve learned so much!

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. . .

Equipping Catholic Families       Keep Christ in Christmas

Simply Homeschool       Living Advent Series 12/1 – 12/25

Fifth of Five       Keeping Christ in Christmas – Blog Link-up 2013

Coffee Moments with Sam       The Light of Hope

Hand-Maid With Love       CHRISTmas Presence: Keep Christ in Christmas 2013 Edition

Open Window       Making hay while the Advent wreath shines

Faith Filled Freebies       Keep Christ in Christmas

Written by the Finger of God       Not Christmas as Usual

On the Way Home       Keep Christ in Christmas

Sue Elvis Writes       Bring Christ to Others

Mommy Bares AlL       Why Celebrate Christmas Even After #YolandaPH

Canadian Catholic Mom       Keeping The Little Ones Focused: An Advent Link-Up

Mountain of Grace Homeschooling       Keep Christ in Christmas

Em’s Estuary       Keeping Christ in Christmas

Happy Little Homemaker       December Devotion: Immaculate Conception 

Adoro Ergo Sum       How We Keep Christ in Christmas

JoyAlive.net       O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Home to 4 Kiddos      Keep Christ in Christmas

Embedded Faith          Boldly Be the Christ in Christmas

City Girl, Country Home        Emmanuel Is With Us. Are we WITH HIM?

Journey to Wisdom        Trusting in your Awkward Fiats

Joy of Nine9         Waiting in Joyful Expectation Like a Child

Splendor in the Home        Ideas For Keeping Advent and Christmas Holy

Training Happy Hearts       10 Ways to Celebrate the New Liturgical Year

A Catholic Life               Advent: The Beginning of the Liturgical Year & Source of Rich Meditations

Designs by Birgit       Elf on a Shelf and Santa Claus

Catholic Inspired       Faith-Centered Family Christmas

A Slice of Smith Life       How we keep Christ in Christmas

Catholic All Year       Three Reasons I love Advent

Mary the Defender       Christmas The Battle Begins

Truly Rich Mom       Keep Christ in Christmas

Day By Day in Our World       40 Days Seeking Him and Keeping Christ in Christmas

Diapers and Drivel       Keeping Christ in Christmas

 Raising Soldiers 4 Christ       Keeping Christ in Christmas

Rosary Mom       Keep Christ In Christmas With A Teenager

Tercets:     Keeping Christ in Christmas: Join Church Ministries

Campfires and Cleats       How We Keep Christ in Christmas

Life Unabridged       Celebrating the Fullness of the Advent and Christmas Season

Homeschooling With Joy       Keeping Christ in Christmas

Mrs Domestic Bliss       Gingerbread Nativity

The Chic Traveller      Keeping Christ in Christmas

California to Korea     Keeping Christ in Christmas

Dominique’s Desk       Keeping Christ in Christmas

Our ABC Life       An Advent Update

 Journey Living       Anno Domini

The Road to Rome       Advent Prayer and Reflection Resources

Life of Fortunate Chances       Keeping Christ in Christmas

Quidquid Est, Est!       Advent Posts

15 thoughts on “Reblog: Advent posts

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  3. Sue Elvis says:

    Matthew,

    Your posts are very helpful and interesting! A Christian, but not Catholic, friend recently said on her blog she doesn’t celebrate Christmas because it isn’t really Jesus’ birthday. After reading your post I have a better idea why she believes this. I wonder if she celebrates on a different day. It would be so sad not to celebrate this miraculous event at all because of one’s doubt over the date it happened.

    God bless!

    • Yeah. Even if Christ wasn’t born in December, that doesn’t mean He wasn’t born. Since the Bible doesn’t explicitly state on what day He was born, the Church established the one day for the celebration, much like we have observances of Presidents’ Day, etc, not on the official birthday of any particular president, but at a more convenient time.

  4. Chelsey says:

    Matthew… great thoughts! 🙂 I read a comment on another blog you left that you said y’all are expecting your frist little one – congratulations. You also mentioned how you were not sure about celebrating Santa – I’d say ditch Santa and go with St. Nick {you can check out how we are doing it this year: http://chelseythall.com/st-nicholas-day-family-fun-friday-12613}. God Bless! 🙂

  5. Mo says:

    Great posts, will have to check them out! Thanks for sharing

  6. I clicked on a few of your links and found the post on the marriage of Mary and Joseph insightful. You tackled a tough topic very well and I think what you wrote about God being outside of time and the sacraments sums up the mystery of their marriage perfectly. I always think that we can never put God into a “box” and assume His ways are like ours, since he is God after all! God’s ways and the mysteries of the Church/sacraments are hard to explain and comprehend and that’s where our faith comes in 🙂 Have a blessed Advent!

  7. Noreen says:

    I think its laughable that we try to dissect the mysteries of God. Is it important that the bible doesn’t say “Jesus’ birthday is celebrated on Dec 25th?” Or is it more important that Christians around the world celebrate on one day his birthday? I think its a powerful witness in celebrating as a faith community the birth of Jesus on Dec 25th. If we didn’t have one date, then perhaps this day would have all signs of Jesus completely disappear. Santa would have completely pushed him out of the picture…what a horrible thought. Instead we need to follow in the footsteps of the saints who walked closely to Jesus by relying on tradition, Word of God and the magisterium. May God bless you for delving into these topics and spreading the Good News.

  8. Nice post on Mary and Joseph! A question I have often wondered about! Thanks!

  9. Interesting thoughts on the marriage of Mary and Joseph

  10. Christine says:

    How convenient! As it is Advent, and I have been pondering the Christmas story, and trying to explain it to my kids, I have found myself with many questions on these topics. I can’t wait to read your other posts 🙂

  11. steedj says:

    Thanks for sharing such unique topics! Off to go check them out.

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