Thursday, February 3, 2011

Celebrating Candlemas

Yesterday afternoon I sent the kids outside to enjoy our beautiful weather while I prepared a special lunch for Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Presentation and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  I had hoped that we would be able to go to town to attend Mass and have our candles blessed, but it just wasn't possible this year.   Anyhow, here is what was included in this year's Candlemas Tea Luncheon, inspired once again by Alice at Cottage Blessings, which we enjoyed after reading the story of the Presentation from New Catholic Picture Bible.

~ Feast of the Purification White Vanilla Steamers ~
(with Whipped Cream and Pure Hearts)
This year I didn't have any White Hot Chocolate, so I opted to make Vanilla Steamers using our Cocoa-Latte Hot-Drink Maker, topped with Whipped Cream.
I also made a quick batch of White Chocolate Hearts using a new heart moldI recently picked up and my nativity mold.    The White represents the purity of both Mary and St. Joseph.

"Out of obedience and humility, Our Lady went to the Temple for the ritual of Purification, but she was at all times sinless and spotless from the moment of her conception."

~ Water ~ 
"Water is so associated with purity and purification that a pitcher of spring water for the table makes sense for this celebration."

~ A Pair of Turtledoves ~
...perched on top of one of my platter stands, with a picture of the Presentation.
Like last year, I made Peanut Butter & Jelly Dove Shaped Sandwiches using my Tasha Tudor Dove Cookie Cutter.

~ Holy Simeon's Arms ~
Like always, mini pretzels are perfect for symbolizing arms folded in prayer. 

~ Piercing Swords ~
 I did have some cocktail swords, but the boys asked if we could use Playmobil ones again.  :

"Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted, and you yourself a sword will pierce, so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." Luke 2: 34-35

~ Anna the Prophetess ~ 
I did end up purchasing a package of Fudge Mallows (generic Mallowmars) this year and they were great!  I love the symbolism that Alice attached to these cookies:  
"The black outer shell shows that she is a widow, but inside you will see the purity and goodness of her devout heart represented in the white center. Note that the marshmallow stands on top of a graham cracker, and remind the children that this good woman never left the floor of the Temple day or night."
My children love black olives so I included a bowl of them, like last year, as well as some Snap Peas... With all the cookies, I wanted to make sure my children were eating something healthy.

~ Edible Candles ~
I made a little change to our Edible Candles this year.  Instead of using Ginger Thins and Shortbread Cookies, I used just one Nabisco Pinwheel.  These worked great as candleholders and I didn't have to worry about securing the "candle" with icing so it wouldn't fall over.  :)

~ A Lunchtime Visitor ~

~ Smiling Faces ~ 
They sure love the special "teas" we have from every so often! 

~ Candlemas Crepes ~ 
Hubby didn't completely miss out of the feasting this year...   I did make Candlemas Crepes with Sausage and Orange Juice for dinner!  Yum!! 

O Blessed Mother of God, who went up to the Temple according to the law with your offering of little white doves, pray for me that I too may keep the law and be pure in heart like you.

Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation.


  1. Hi Jessica, my name is Kristi Casady. I live in Lincoln,Ne. I feel like I should introduce myself....I've been reading your blog for almost two years now, and I am always drawn to it because you are such an inspiring woman. THank you for sharing your ideas on ways to celebrate our faith in the home. You always amaze me!! God bless you and your beautiful family!

  2. Oh, Jessica, as always - that is so inspiring! Do you know the Font Type name of your first picture? It is beautiful!

  3. So lovely Jessica! You always inspire me!

    BTW I love Twinkle's headband! So pretty!

  4. Kristi ~ Thanks for taking a second to say hello and for your kind words about my blog. It is nice to "meet" you! :) Our family has actually visited Lincoln a couple times to attend my Brother-in-laws' ordinations!

    Magdalena ~ I actually added the text to that picture using Picnik. (an online editing site) The font is called Henry Morgan Hand.

    Amy ~ Isn't it cute!?! I am sure you could make one yourself. I'll have to show it to you sometime.

  5. Hi Jessica, we made your candlemas in my first grade class this past weekend to celebrate the Feast of St. Blaise. I posted about it today and linked back to you. Thank you for your generous and giving heart to share your ideas with us! God bless!


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