As a Catholic convert, and a mother with small children, I've been passionate about learning all that I can about the traditions and celebrations that ocur throughout the liturgical year. I'd spent the last year trying to come up with feast day ideas that would make the liturgical year come alive for our daughters, and had scoured the internet and the books that we already had for ideas. I wanted to learn more about traditions that, as a convert, I wasn't familiar with.
When I was given the chance to review The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions
, I was thrilled. Our cross country move this summer meant the book had to chase us across the country with the rest of our mail, but when it finally arrived I was thrilled. I was even more excited when the book not only met, but exceeded my expectations.
I spent the afternoon, in the sweltering heat, absorbed, as the girls splashed around me in their kiddie pool. Ideas for the upcoming year were unfolding in my imagination.
The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions
is perfect for teachers, parents, or anyone looking to pass on the faith, and the traditions that nurture that faith, to the children in their lives. It would be excellent for a teacher in a formal classroom who's looking to add the rhythm of the liturgical year to learning time, and it's perfect for parents who want to make Catholic celebrations a vibrant part of their day to day life.
One thing that I appreciated that really set this book apart from other books that I've read, is that it not only gives ideas and actvities for crafts for Catholic Holy Days, it also gives ideas to help Catholic families celebrate traditionally secular holidays in a faith-filled way. And that is one of the many things that I appreciate about this book!
I also really appreciate the month by month format of this book. The first page of the month tells you what you have to look forward to and then you can flip through the chapter and come up with plans and ideas for celebrating in the upcoming days.
As a mom, this is definitely one of my favorite books. I've already spent hours pouring over it and I know that it's going to be a well used book for years to come!