Okay, I’m a little in love with the idea of the Liturgical Year if you haven’t noticed already. I love having special days to make our own that haven’t been owned by a major label. I love that it gives us a chance to get to know our own histories and other cultures. I love that it’s lead to connections with family and friends who desire the same in their year.
So with all that love for a year of celebrations in mind I do what I do best – I made a Word Calendar. Seriously, I love Word Calendars.
Here are a few of the things that our making up our Year (liturgical and otherwise) –
- Major Holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th of July, etc. anything we’d normal celebrate in someway.
- Birthdays and Anniversaries – I’m a notorious for forgetting of these things and am trying to change.
- Holy Days of Obligation – the days we’re supposed to be at church (this is new to me and I’m doing my best to participate accordingly)
- Major Feast Days – the old-school feast days that are so fun because they’re not own by a department store – Michaelmas, All Saints, Martinmas, Epiphany, etc.
- Saint of the Year Days – We used the Random Saint Generator to pick a Saint to learn from this year. Mine is St. Anthony of Padua, Ben’s is St. Francis of Paola and Henry’s is St. Charles Borromeo. I really have no idea what we’ll be doing on these days, but they’re in the calendar anyways.
- Favorite Saint Days – St. Francis and St. Thomas More are some personal favorites for our family so far.
- Silly Days – We are quite fond of days like Velociraptor Awareness Day and International Speak Like A Pirate Day in our family.
- Seasonal Days – I want to start making family traditions to celebrate seasonal changes like the Solstice.
- Local Fun Days – Yearly traditions like the local JazzFest and ArtsFest are already on the calendar!
Overall, other than months that have many birthdays or celebrations in them naturally, we got a nice little calendar filled with about two or three extra things to look forward to. I think the key here is not to over plan – the more jam-packed the calendar the more likely things will come up. And while we have lots of “feast days” and the like we want to key our celebrations rather simple – a special dinner or maybe just a special treat. Some days call for a special activity together and some days call for just a simple act of charity. I still want to keep our lives simple while striving to make things a little more special.
In the paraphrased words of my wiser-than-I husband: