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Seasonal Rhythm: 2014 @ a Glance

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Recently, Leah asked about feast days and how many we actually celebrate. (Because it seems as though we celebrate a lot!) So I thought I'd share my annual outline which lists special days in the liturgical, natural and secular calendars. It's a really long post, so my apologies if this is not your particular cup of tea. :)

Before I get to the list though, I'd just like to stress that we definitely don't celebrate everything every year, and most of our "celebrations" are actually very simple activities or meals that are easily woven into our family rhythm such as it might be at the time. I don't like to force things that hold no relevance or interest ... I want these activities to be enjoyable and meaningful to my family, and respectful of our time and (my) energy.

So here without further ado, is my 2014 Seasonal Calendar:

~ Deep Winter ~

 >-*-< January >-*-<

1 - New Year's Day/Mary Mother of God/World Day of Peace

3 - Most Holy Name of Jesus

5 - Downton Abbey season 4 premiere!

5-12 - US Figure Skating Championships, Boston

6 - Epiphany/Little Christmas

12 - My birthday

14 - Remembering Damee's birthday

16 - Full Wolf Moon

17 - Benjamin Franklin's birthday

19 - National Popcorn Day

20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

21. St. Agnes

23 - National Handwriting Day (John Hancock's birthday)

25 - Robert Burns Night

29-31 - The Days of the Blackbird

>-*-< February >-*-<

1 - St. Brigid

1-2 - Focus on the Feeders Weekend

2 - Superbowl XLVIII

5 - St. Agatha

7 - XXII Winter Olympic Games begin

11 - Our Lady of Lourdes

12 - Abraham Lincoln's birthday

14 - St. Valentine's Day

15 - Full Snow Moon 

17  - Presidents Day

22 - George Washington's birthday/Chair of St. Peter

~ Early Spring ~

>-*-< March >-*-<

1 - St. David of Wales

2 - Dr. Seuss Day

4 - Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras

5 - Ash Wednesday/Lent begins

9 - Daylight Savings Time Begins

14 - National Pi Day (3.14)

15 - The Ides of March

16 - Full Sap (or Worm) Moon

17 - St. Patrick

19 - St. Joseph

20 - Vernal Equinox, 12:57 p.m.

25 - The Annunciation

30 - Laetare Sunday

31 - Red Sox first game @ Baltimore

>-*-< April >-*-<

1 - April Fool's Day

2 - World Autism Day/Light it Up Blue

4 - Red Sox Home Opener

13 - Palm Sunday

14-16 - Holy Week Cleaning

15 - Full Pink Moon

16 - Spy Wednesday

17 - Holy Thursday

18 - Good Friday

19 - Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil

20 - Easter Sunday

21 - Patriot's Day/Boston Marathon

22 - Earth Day

23 - St. George

25 - Arbor Day/St. Mark

27 - Divine Mercy Sunday/Pope John Paul II canonized

(TBD - "The Big Night" or Salamander Migration)

~ Late Spring ~

>-*-< May >-*-<

1 - May Day

3. Kentucky Derby

5 - Cinco de Mayo

5-12 - National Herb Week

11 - Mother's Day

12 - National Apron Day

13 - Our Lady of Fatima

14 - Full Flower Moon

26 - Little Bear's 1st birthday/Memorial Day

26-28 - Rogationatide

29 - Ascension Thursday

31 - The Visitation

>-*-< June >-*-<

8 - Pentecost Sunday

9 - Remembering Grammie's birthday

13 - Full Strawberry Moon

14 - Flag Day

15 - Father's Day/Trinity Sunday

19 - Corpus Christi

21 - Summer Solstice, 6:51 a.m.

22 - Bookworm's birthday

24 - St. John's Day/Midsummer

27 - Sacred Heart of Jesus

28 - Immaculate Heart of Mary

~ High Summer ~

>-*-< July >-*-<

4 - Independence Day

11 - Bill's birthday

12 - Full Thunder Moon

15 - St. Swithin

16 - Our Lady of Carmel

25 - St. James

26 - Sts. Anne and Joachim

28 - Beatrix Potter's birthday

31 - Harry Potter/JK Rowling's birthday/St. Ignatius Loyola

>-*-< August >-*-<

1 - Lammas

6 - The Transfiguration

10 - Full Green Corn Moon

13 - Crackerjack's birthday

15 - Assumption Day

22 - Queenship of Mary

~ Autumn ~

>-*-< September >-*-<

1 - Labor Day

4 - NFL Kickoff

6 - My cousin Kate's wedding!

8 - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

9 - Full Corn Moon

14 - Triumph of the Cross

22 - Autumnal Equinox, 10:29 p.m.

27 - St. Vincent de Paul

29 - Michaelmas/Archangels

(NFL Kickoff, Apple Festival, Classes Begin)

>-*-< October >-*-<

1 - St. Therese

2 - Guardian Angels

4 - St. Francis

7 - Our Lady of the Rosary

8 - Full Harvest Moon

13 - Columbus Day

18 - St. Luke's Little Summer

23 - Our Wedding Anniversary

31 - All Hallow's Eve

(Topsfield Fair, World Series)

~ Holiday ~

>-*-< November >-*-<

1 - All Saints

 2 - All Souls/Day of the Dead/Daylight Savings Time Ends

6 - Full Frost Moon

11 - Martinmas/Veterans Day

17 - St. Elizabeth/Homemade Bread Day

23 - Christ the King

26 - Nana's birthday

27 - Thanksgiving Day

30 - St. Andrew/Advent begins/Stir it Up Sunday

>-*-< December >-*-<

4 - St. Barbara

6 - St. Nicholas/Full Cold Moon

8 - Immaculate Conception

12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe/National Poinsettia Day

13 - St. Lucia

14 - Earlybird's & Papa's birthday/Guadete Sunday

21 - Winter Solstice, 6:03 p.m.

24 - Christmas Eve

25 - Christmas Day

26 - Boxing Day/St. Stephen

30 - Holy Family

31 - New Year's Eve

>-*-<>-*-<

In a future post (or more likely, posts) I will describe the rest of my "Seasonskeeping" routine, which includes brainstorming for each season, weekly planning pages (to be used with my file crate folders), favorite resources and storage of all those neat projects/ideas/recipes etc.

Well my friends, thanks so much for stopping by! I'm grateful for your visit and hope to see you here again very soon ...

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