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In the Back Pew: A New Catholic Family Blog

Check it out. It's first post is on the 12 days of Christmas:

Dec. 26, ‘Boxing Day,’ is the day when every toy gets played with, every box opened, and every treat tasted. Halfway through the day, the emptiness of stuff starts to sink in, even if you got something really cool. It doesn’t quite satisfy, because it can’t. As Catholics, we’re supposed to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, to feast on the joy of Christ’s birth from Dec. 25 through the feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 6). This tendency to look for the next thing, to try everything, trying to find pleasure as a substitute for joy is very common for everyone. So here are a few suggestions to make sure you celebrate the 12 days of Christmas even as you climb out from the mountains of boxes and ribbons the day after Christmas. Dec. 26: Yesterday, you received without asking, today you should give as freely. Consider signing up to volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food pantry or shopping for the food pantry alone. Today, as you put away the largess you've received, consider giving some away. Having the children give, reminds them that all that we have is a gift, and that there is a great joy and freedom in giving.
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