Today is a more somber feast. The feast commemorates the killing by King Herod of all the little firstborn sons two years old and younger, in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas. This was to ensure that the newborn King of the Jews would also be killed. Fortunately for the Holy Family, they had received a warning from an angel and had escaped to Egypt. I can't imagine the horror of this day in history. Here is a version of the Coventry Carol, which tells the story:
Tomorrow is the feast of the Holy Family. On the eighth day, we celebrate the feast of the Solemnity of Mary. Lots of celebrations and remembrances packed into the week after Christmas!
I thought I would show you some of my favorite ornaments from our tree, which we finally put up on Christmas Eve. They are all either hand made or were gifts. No glass baubles on our tree!
Our clothespin reindeer, which we made a few years ago.
Phoebe's styrofoam bell, which she made 20 years ago, and
a close up of one of the little trees from the banner our friend Deirdre made for us!
Miguel's eagle that he stitched in third grade.
This grumpy reindeer is saying "Watch it, bub!" to the dove.
A print of Our Lady of Guadalupe that Charles made.
The finished product!
And, as an added bonus, my snow man collection!
Have a wonderful week and the Happiest of New Years!