Monday, November 12, 2007

Isn't it cool...

that Veteran's Day is also the feast day of St. Martin of Tours. He is one of the patron saints of soldiers!

I had some great plans to celebrate the feast of St. Martin, or rather, Martinmas day, including making these cool lanterns. (I had previously seen this craft in Catholic Traditions in the home and Classroom--There are so many great ideas in this book.) But, being Sunday, it ended up being very hectic, and we didn't have the chance. Maybe we will get a chance to make them today, or else I will put the craft on hold till next year.

We did, however, read a short story about St. Martin of Tours from one of two books I just purchased. These books are BEAUTIFUL, and I thought I would let you all know about them.

Saints: Lives and Illuminations and More Saints: Lives and Illuminations by Ruth Sanderson

Each page has a short story about a different saint along with a full colored Renaissance style picture of the saint!

The Girls loved looking through all the pictures. These would have made great Christmas gifts... I just wasn't able to wait till then! :)


  1. We love both the Ruth Sanderson books, they are beautiful and so engaging! We read from them most mornings :-)

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  3. We also have these books and love them. And we also didn't get to all our St. Martin's Day activities, but DID read that story.

  4. Are you all celebrating for Martinmas tomorrow? I've got a few things for my daughter to do and reading from the "Picture Book of Saints", too! We've got a LL Bean lantern that we're going to use this year - maybe next year we'll make a paper lantern!

    In many countries this feast starts the winter season! Neat!

    Happy Martinmas!


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