January is such an interesting time for us.
WE have the 12 Days of Christmas and are still in the Christmas Season liturgically BUT as it is Summer here and School Holidays our family is technically 'on Holiday'.
However the children rarely truly love the unstructured time for long and itch to get back to 'normality'.
I however am torn as it is often the time I plan our structure for our new year of learning and even with the best of intentions I end up taking longer to do this than expected. I also love the fact that there is lots of wiggle room and a relaxing time for us all.
This year as I worked (still rushing around madly on the last day- we are starting back tomorrow) I decided with my husband that we would return to the old way of learning this year.
Our old year consisted of year round learning and having 4 weeks on 1 week off. This worked really well for us for many years until the children started interacting with more traditional school based friends and loving the idea of 'school holidays.'
The other thing we find difficult is celebrating liturgical feast days during holidays and on weekends.
So our January Feast Days often get left out.A gift of Gracias- The Legend of Altagracia clearly she was born a few days later but still I love the warmth and love of the story.
To compliment this we made home made ice cream from frozen oranges and milk and cream.
We read about Our Lady, coloured pictures and ate some good food. This is what constitutes a great feast day in our home.
'May God Bless you this Day
May God Bless you we Pray
Live for Jesus dear........
May you serve him always'
Once again we read about the life of St Agnes and her living her Faith as God asked her to.
Now as we are on the eve of a new month (already) and our new Learning Year I pray you have a most blessed Sunday.
Blessings to you and your homes,