Saturday, December 17, 2011

O Antiphon Treats

Wrapped in gold and tagged with a beautiful handmade O Antiphon ornament.

This tradition that Jessica's family inspired of giving little treats each night of the O Antiphons (harkening back to a monastery practice) has become a much beloved institution in our house. Thank you, sweet friend! Here is what I have planned for this year. You can find past years by clicking the "O Antiphon" label at the bottom of this post.

December 17th

O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come, and teach us the way of prudence.

Since Cupcake's arrival,  we haven't been to the library as often as we used to. My kids love audiobooks and have listened to ours to the point of having them memorized and the ones we have checked out from the library are almost worn out from replaying. Thankfully, our library lets us renew online! Since Wisdom is symbolized by a book, we decided some new audiobooks would be a treat for the family. I chose an assortment of Jim Weiss Audiobooks: King Arthur and His Knights, Shakespeare for Children, and Mystery! Mystery! for Children.

December 18th

O Lord and Ruler the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: come, and redeem us with outstretched arms.

This is by far our favorite tradition of the Golden Nights. We've done mini-houses, homemade houses, and houses for the boys and girls to team up on. This year we purchased just one Pre-baked Gingerbread House kit and will all enjoy decorating it together while we pass the baby around.

December 19th

O Root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the people, before whom the kings keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: come, to deliver us, and tarry not.

Root beer. Chillin' in the fridge. Easy peasy.

December 20th

O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: come, and bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

We attempted a Nativity puzzle this year. Got about half way through it... and gave up. I think this David and Goliath puzzle is more our speed! : ) Hah!

December 21st

Dawn of the East, brightness of light eternal, and sun of justice: come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. 

We have enjoyed playing with Sun Art Paper in the past and thought it would be fun to try it again. Plus, we put breakfast for dinner on the menu for the week so that we can enjoy our Texas Sunrise Mocktails.

December 22nd

O King of the gentiles and their desired One, the cornerstone that makes both one: come, and deliver man, whom you formed out of the dust of the earth.

I have a crown cookie cutter similar to this one and will let them make and decorate crown cookies in honor of Christ Our King. It's a cookie cutter we've used before. I just wrapped it up knowing that the real treat is making cookies together.

December 23rd

O Emmanuel, God with us, our King and lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior: come to save us, O Lord our God.

I found these beautiful magnets at Hobby Lobby. I know it's just a fridge magnet but I loved the colors and textures. It's simple, but sweet and can be a little bit of Christmas that stays with us all year long, even if it is on the fridge.



  1. This is a great idea and you chose some fun gifts!

  2. I am totally smitten with the cookie cutter....Christ the king, Feast of the Epihany...Great ideas!!

  3. Thank you for the inspiration! I'm not 100% there this year, but hopefully, next year I will be prepared (because of your wonderful posts!)
    I need to find that cookie cutter...

  4. I found mine at a local craft store, Hobby Lobby.

  5. We love Jim Weiss over here. We are working our way through ancient history right now, and his myth retellings are great. Last year we listened to his Egyptian stories tape. Shakespeare is on my list for next year!


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