I am eating my words - and a lot of other stuff, looks like - by telling you that we did do a second celebration this month after all. St. Joseph's feast day follows right on the heels of St. Patrick's. As we read today the boys were pretty certain we "could" pull off a semi-traditional St. Joseph's celebration. Traditional in that we had the symbolic foods, 'semi' in that we picked it all up on the way to soccer. Do we plan ahead or what?
So real quick 'cause it's late here is what we did. We read Good St. Joseph together over lunch. (after Kieran swore he could find it if I promised to read it. He did. I did. : ))
We looked up online traditional St Joseph altars in Italian communities. They said the table typically had three tiers to symbolize the 3 persons in the Trinity and the 3 people in the Holy Family. We made ours with stackes of books and paper.
The little girls ran to the toy bins and brought a tool set.
Kieran and Brendan grabbed some white beans and made the FAVA sign to tell the story of the famine.
I ran into the store and got Fig Newtons (fig pastries are traditional but time consuming), spaghetti and sauce, and premade cream puffs.
We ate it all up.
Then they retold the story to Dad. Voila.
They are sleeping off their cream puffs and I am joining them the minute I hit publish.
For references and printable projects to be done when you wake up say oh yeah! It's a feast day! Like right now..... you can find a ton on Catholicicing.com
Fig pastries are one traditional dish. Catholicicing (pretty sure) suggested carving traditional symbols into the fig newtons which thrilled the little boys for some reason.
Cream puffs. Frozen. I sprinkled the sugar on top. I think that makes them semi-homeade.
Does too. : )