Five Ways to Celebrate Family

The Feast of the Holy Family is today.  It’s a nice chance to think about families … big or small, biological or adopted, near or far away.  Here are a few random ideas I had about how to honor the day.  If I’m lucky, I’ll actually find the time to do a few of them.

1) Email a family member who lives far away … just to say hi.

2) For parents of young kids: put aside the dishes, the laundry, and the bills, and spend some time playing with the kids and their new Christmas toys.  Depending on the toys, this may be a bigger sacrifice for some of us than for others (in my case, I’m getting off easy: Matchbox cars and the Thomas the Tank Engine are relatively interesting.  I am SO glad Matthew didn’t get any Barney videos).

3) Say a prayer for a relative who is in any kind of pain: physical, financial, emotional, spiritual.

4) Pray with and for the family members who share your home.  Keep praying together for nine days (a great novena to the Holy Family is here).

5) Think of three positive traits you have acquired from your parents … either through genetics, or their lived example.   If you want to take it one step further, call and thank them in person (how cool would it be to get a phone call like that????)

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