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By Rebecca Teti

Weekends: Changing Roles

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Let's try something different over the weekend since it's so close to Christmas. Tell us about your Christmas traditions. What are you baking? What's for dinner? What are you most looking forward to? Or what do you need prayers for?



Rebecca Teti


  • Hello, can I have prayers for my 11 yr old please. She has a concussion after a nasty fall yesterday. Merry Christmas.

    Posted on Dec 22nd, 2012 at 8:47 AM by catholic mom

  • CHRISTmas Eve Mass and CHRISTmas morning Mass when our family of six adults attend our little church in southeast Michigan and then go home to open presents. CHRISTmas breakfast is fresh fruit, coffee and milk, placek (Polish coffee cake) and homemade kielbasa (fresh Polish sausage made using my father's recipe). This year dinner will be something new: venison roast with cranberries (venison compliments of younger son who hunts) ham, cranberries, sweet potatoes, more placek, beverages and homemade dessert. Our younger daughter purchased a fresh fir tree and decorated it with her sister and brother who had a day off while their older brother worked. The baby Jesus will be placed in the manger after Mass and lights will shine at night. We are all glad to be together for a special time with our Lord. Prayers for our ninety-year-old Aunt who has multiple diagnoses,in a nursing home across the state line and prayers for all who could go to church but don't any more. May God grant everyone a BLESSED CHRISTMAS. Nita

    Posted on Dec 22nd, 2012 at 10:15 AM by Nita

  • Ugh, Catholic Mom! Praying! Nita, thanks for sharing your tradition -- sounds yummy. I'd not heard of placek before. Will have to google it.

    Posted on Dec 22nd, 2012 at 11:02 AM by Rebecca Teti

  • My Christmas will be somewhat convoluted, which isn't uncommon due to juggling work schedules. Lasagna dinner at my house tomorrow night for my own family, my husband's brother, my mother, brother, sil and nieces. Christmas Eve we'll spend the day at my mother's (brother, nieces, etc will be there). Then I have to work from 5-7 pm on Christmas Eve. My husband and son will probably go to the 4:30 pm vigil while I'm working, and I'll go to the 8pm vigil after reading the Night Before Christmas and tucking my son in for the night. Christmas morning my husband has to work from 9am-1pm. He'll be able to see my son open his stocking, then my son and I will head over to my mother's when he leaves for work. We'll open presents with my brother, nieces, etc, and when my husband arrives he'll open his presents and I'll set aside a few presents for my son to open with him. We'll stay at my mother's for the rest of the day and head home after Christmas dinner. I'm not thrilled with going to separate Masses, doing things in separate cars due to our work schedules, etc. But, given the heartbreak that some people are experiencing this Christmas (particularly those in Connecticut), I'm certainly not going to complain.

    Posted on Dec 22nd, 2012 at 11:25 AM by Claire S

  • My family (2 sisters, brother, brother-n-law, 2 nieces, a nephew and myself) get together on Christmas Eve to attend the family Mass (get there an hour early because the Church becomes Standing Room Only a half hour before the service starts). Later we'll have dinner and then open presents. Once we're done we have a cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. On Christmas morning I'll attend the morning service and then return to the family home where it will be 1 sister and my brother. We'll visit the cemetery and then return for me to cook the Christmas meal which consists of a rib roast, potatoes, carrots, spinach and potatoes. We will have a Carvel (ice cream) cake and again sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. We never forget it is His day. Presents to each other are saved from the night before to this day. I'm hoping to start a tradition with the Oplatki. It was introduced to me last year. Although my family is not Polish, I think this is a wonderful thing. Happy Birthday to Jesus and thank you, God, for Your wonderful Gift to us. My family will keep Christ in Christmas and remember the reason for the season.

    Posted on Dec 22nd, 2012 at 7:26 PM by Melanie

  • Do not think my family will celebrate Christmas with relatives. I think I will seriously go out to the movies on Christmas Day. Sad for me to say I think the most festive thing I can do on Christmas Day is go see the movie Les Misrables than stay home with my mom and dad and do not forget my brother.

    Posted on Dec 23rd, 2012 at 7:37 AM by Mariane

  • Christmas traditions have changed this year for our family. My siblings & I have been together on CHristmas Eve since '54. This year, baby sister decided to host in her new home with "shack up boyfriend" yesterday, the 23rd. Very different, very uncomfortable, and I am still very unsettled by it, even the day after. Today, Christmas Eve, I think our nuclear family is going into the city to see the lights, visit the windows downtown, luch in the Walnut room, make our visit with Santa & visit the Christkindl market. We then trek home for lasagna dinner, open family gifts. Our darling daughters, 23, 17 &17, will experienceMidnight Mass for the first time ever! Mass again in the morning after which there will be a morning pecan casserole. Sitting by the fire, reading, watching Christmas movies, games & then dinner. This year's menu is baked ham, twice baked potatoes, brocolli salad, spinach salad, squash, cranberry salad, rolls & pies for dessert. Christmas blessings to all.

    Posted on Dec 24th, 2012 at 6:37 AM by MJ

  • I would like props from everyone for saving a major cake failure. Every year I make my late grandmother's lemon cake in her honor, as she passed away on Christmas Eve. This year I had the brilliant idea of making it in a Charlotte pan and it didn't release. I pried it out bit by bit and stuck it together but there was no denying it looked awful. Wrapped it in ribbon, topped it with berries. Looks rustic. Me for the win. Merry Christmas, Everyone!

    Posted on Dec 24th, 2012 at 2:51 PM by Rebecca Teti

  • Good save, Rebecca!

    Posted on Dec 24th, 2012 at 8:29 PM by Claire S

  • Rebecca I like rustic . . . it covers a multitude of sins!

    Posted on Dec 25th, 2012 at 10:42 PM by Lisa

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