(otherwise known as the post I meant to post yesterday but didn't realize that it's already (?!?) the 25th)
Besides the obvious classic of getting thyself to Mass if possible (there's nothing better!) I've been thinking of a few extra ways to celebrate today's Solemnity of the Annunciation:
Pray the Joyful Mysteries
Maybe obvious but oh so good and worth it.
The kids love to dress in liturgical colors and so do many other kids I know. I even put on a blue shirt today without realizing it! I think it's a great and super simple way to show the kids that this day is a bit more special than others.
Bring a Meal to Someone Who is Pregnant
Or send them a card. Or a cleaning lady. Or a massage gift certificate. Or just call to let them know you're praying for them. Sometimes those weeks before birth are just as hard as those weeks after.
I'm still waiting for my letter of recognition from the Vatican as I'm still convinced this is the best catechetical idea ever. Click here to see the genius ;)
Pray for Those Struggling with Infertility and Miscarriage
Maybe even send them a note or give them a call to let them know you're thinking about and praying for them.
Pray for an End to Abortion and Fertility Treatments that Destroy Life
Our Lord was once a zygote, an embryo, a fetus and was just as much God. What a thing to contemplate. Every life is sacred, no matter how small.
Plant Your Garden
(or just start some seeds inside!)
It's too early for us to be planting outside here in New York but it's a great day to start seeds inside. Or even just plant a seed in a paper cup with the kids. (Or if you're like me this year, even just order your seeds!)
Sing to Mary
Yes, sing. Have your kids sing with you. Maybe even learn a new Marian hymn. Do it during prayer time or before you eat dinner. You can do it :)
Look Back at Your Pregnancy Pictures
Take some time with your children to look back at pictures while you were pregnant with them. Even (especially!) ones taken when you still can't tell you're pregnant but that little person is still there growing inside! Show them how hidden they were but how they were just as much them and as special as they are right now.
(Rockin' it with the bubbles)
Give to (or Volunteer at) a Local Crisis Pregnancy Center
I'm certain Mary could identify with those women feeling scared and alone.
Our traditional dinner is stromboli but really, you could use any meal that has a "hidden" component to it (tacos, pitas, etc.) in honor of Baby Jesus being "hidden" inside Mary.
Bring Mary Flowers
When Mary first found out she was asked to be the mother of the Savior, she was faced with fear, anger, ridicule, and shame, nothing any of us would want to face when newly pregnant. Maybe we can make that up to her a bit and bring her some flowers :)
Any other ideas?