The Feast of the Holy Family on Dec. 27 is a good time to focus on your own family and the whole human family as well. Some recommendations include taking time on this day as a family to reflect on the value and sanctity of the family unit and exploring ways that we can promote the family in our own neighborhoods, parishes and communities.
A treasured family recipe served up for the main course at dinner with a reflection on the grandma or great-aunt who created it would be a nice touch. So would a centerpiece composed of family photos and treasured Christmas ornaments.
In our family, this Sunday afternoon during the Octave of Christmas was always a time to gather the children round and pour over family albums. The kids enjoyed seeing their baby pictures and photos of ancestors they always heard about but never knew.
This year, along with Christmas cookies and hot chocolate, brother Pete and I are setting out some boxes filled with family photos taken by our Mom, an avid amateur photographer and letting the kids — all young adults now — take their choice so they can begin building family albums of their own.