The Narrative Behind the Nativity Scene

Holy Family Nativity

Do stories and traditions accompany your Christmas decorations? I just returned from a visit to my mom’s house where we enjoyed reminiscing about how our family Nativity came to be. . . . → Read More: The Narrative Behind the Nativity Scene

Through Our Lens: Love

Advent - Christmas Porch Lights

The Friday Photo Challenge word for the day is love. How about an “all-things-we-LOVE-right-now-at-DasHausSchmidt” 7 Quick Takes style? . . . → Read More: Through Our Lens: Love

Does Your Parish Celebrate Bambinelli Sunday?

Bambinelli Sunday

Each year on the Third Sunday of Advent children gather with their families in St. Peter’s Square in Rome for “Bambinelli Sunday.” It’s an Italian Catholic family tradition in which handcrafted babies or “bambinelli” destined to represent the Christ child in the family’s Nativity scene are blessed by the pope. . . . → Read More: Does Your Parish Celebrate Bambinelli Sunday?

Our Advent Wreath — A Haiku

Advent Center Collage

We’re joining the Advent wreath link-up at CatholicMom.com and sharing a few photos of our wreath. Oh and we wrote a haiku, too! . . . → Read More: Our Advent Wreath — A Haiku

Pray, Work, Rest & Play: Advent, Week 1

Advent-Week1

How are you incorporating Pray, Work, Rest & Play into your daily routine this week? Here at Das Schmidt Haus we are blessing the Advent wreath and praying with the hope candle, thinking up grand St. Nicholas surprises, savoring quiet afternoons, and having one last Autumn hurrah with dad and leaves. . . . → Read More: Pray, Work, Rest & Play: Advent, Week 1

Go Negative This Advent

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How will you go negative this Advent? Yep, negative. Let me offer a defense starting with the FedEx logo. . . . → Read More: Go Negative This Advent

Giving Epiphany a Little Respect

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Epiphany is the Rodney Dangerfield of Christian holidays. It gets no respect; most of us are done celebrating Christmas by New Year’s Day. However, beginning with the Annunciation, so much of the liturgical calendar is pointing directly at Epiphany. Let’s take a look at how we get there in 10 easy steps. . . . → Read More: Giving Epiphany a Little Respect

The 7th Great Antiphon: O Emmanuel — God With Us

O Emmanuel - God With Us

December 23: The O Antiphons reflections end today with O Emmanuel or God with us. O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God. . . . → Read More: The 7th Great Antiphon: O Emmanuel — God With Us

The 6th Great Antiphon: O Rex Gentium — King of All the Nations

O Rex Gentium - King of All Nations

December 22: The O Antiphons reflections continue with O Rex Gentium or O King of All Nations. O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust. . . . → Read More: The 6th Great Antiphon: O Rex Gentium — King of All the Nations

The 5th Great Antiphon: O Oriens — O Dayspring

O Oriens - O Rising Dawn

December 21 Antiphon: O Oriens (Dayspring) – On the shortest day of the year, the liturgy calls Christ the Dayspring, the Radiant Dawn. Christ is the radiant dawn who brings eternal life. What dark areas in your life need illuminated by Christ’s eternal light? . . . → Read More: The 5th Great Antiphon: O Oriens — O Dayspring