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December 11th, 2009

Life isn’t a spectator sport; go out and do something good. (For example, volunteer at a soup kitchen.)…

December 9th, 2009
Henry David Thoreau

Get up earlier than usual tomorrow. We trust you’ll find something good and productive to do with your time.…

December 8th, 2009

Exercise your sense of humor today.…

December 6th, 2009
anonymous

Refrain from unnecessary talk today and use the quiet time to reflect on what you really want to accomplish this Christmas season.…

December 5th, 2009
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (pastor, theologian, 1906-1945)

What is keeping you from being free? Reflect on how much of your prison is of your own making.…

December 4th, 2009

Eat one meal today and take time to savor it.…

December 2nd, 2009
George Harrison

Recall a moment in your life when you’ve found peace. How can you recapture that today?…

December 1st, 2009
Leonardo da Vinci

Choose not to complain today.…

November 30th, 2009
Charles Dickens

Make a plan today to volunteer with children before Christmas.…

November 29th, 2009
G.M. Trevelyan (English historian, 1876-1962)

Consider what God is waiting for you to do.…

December 24th, 2008
Misa del Gallo

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Advent Fast Fact…
In Spanish, Midnight Mass is often referred to as Misa del Gallo (“Rooster’s Mass”).
Filipino custom is to go to mass at the crack of dawn — 4 or 5 a.m. — for nine straight days, December 16 through December 24.

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December 23rd, 2008
Making it comfy

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Advent Fast Fact…
In France, children would add one piece of straw each day to the manger, to create a comfy sleeping place for Jesus.
When they did this, they also would be expected to offer a prayer or good deed for the day.

Today’s Prize is: Sirius-XM Hat + Sirius Swag — Combination of various items (subject to availability) — Sirius pens, paperweights, key chains and mouse pads.
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December 22nd, 2008
Where Do Candy Canes Come From?

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Advent Fast Fact…

Q. True or False: Candy canes were originally made by a candy maker in the shape of a “J” with red stripes to represent the “stripes” of Jesus’ scourging?
A. False. Candy canes have very little religious origins other than the following: Straight white candy sticks and cookies were often used throughout the Christmas season, and placed on Christmas trees when Europeans started using Christmas trees.
Around 1670, at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, restless youngsters were attending ceremonies near the Christmas living creche scene. The choirmaster persuaded craftsmen to make sticks of candy bent at the end to represent shepherds’

December 21st, 2008
Benjamin Franklin

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OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the Sirius Sportster 5 Satellite Radio with car and home installation kits as well as a free six-month subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio is:
Kelsey D!!!
Keep coming back every day until Advent is over for daily prizes of books, t-shirts and Sirius swag, as well as opportunities for reflection, for action, for learning and for Charitable giving.

Advent Quotable…
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
— Benjamin Franklin

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December 19th, 2008
Latkes

Advent Eating…

We unite with our Jewish brothers and sisters in anticipation of this weekend’s start of Hanukkah.
A great Jewish tradition is to make latkes (potato pancakes fried in oil) to commemorate that a small jar of oil, discovered at the cleansing of the Temple, miraculously kept the Temple light burning for eight days until additional oil was found.
From Arthur Schwartz, The Food Maven, foodmaven.com:

Traditional Potato Latkes…
There are two basic schools of thought on potato pancakes. Either the potatoes are grated very fine on a box grater (or chopped fine with the metal blade of the food processor) and result in pancakes that are thin and crisp-edged. Or, the potatoes are grated on the

December 18th, 2008
Calabrian pifferari

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Advent Fast Fact…
During Advent in Italy, Calabrian pifferari — bagpipers — play before shrines of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
This is based on a traditional Italian belief that when the shepherds came to the manger in Bethlehem they played music to pay homage to the infant Jesus.

Today’s Prize is: Dr. Christine B. Whelan’s new book, “Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love” + a Sirius Women’s T-shirt
This Friday, December 19, we will choose the winner of our grand prize: a Sirius Sportster 5 Satellite Radio with car and home installation kits as well as a free six-month (6) subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio (a value of

December 17th, 2008
Children with torches

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Advent Fast Fact
In Normandy, during Advent children would run through the fields and orchards with torches and set fire to bundles of straw, to drive out vermin that would damage the crops.

Today’s Prize is: My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ
This Friday, December 19, we will choose the winner of our grand prize: a Sirius Sportster 5 Satellite Radio with car and home installation kits as well as a free six-month (6) subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio (a value of over $200). Remember, all entries received for a daily prize through 3 a.m. EST December 20th will be eligible to win our random drawing for our grand prize. There is no limit to the number of times you can enter

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