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Preparing to Keep a Holy Lent :: Lenten Plans

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Advent and Christmas have only just come and gone, but believe it or not Lent is only 2 weeks away!

I have been in planning mode since just a bit after Christmas, trying to order my home and make lessons to ensure that the season is really lived and savored. While I do have a few new traditions I hope to add to our family this year,  here is a look at what helped to make the season memorable for our family last year.

My hope is that they will bless you and your family as we approach the penitential season and await the resurrection of the Lord!

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Decorating for Lent :: Lenten Mantel

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Awaiting the Resurrection :: Lenten Lamb of God Countdown Calendar


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Books for the Journey :: Lenten Book Basket

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Spring Cleaning Our Hearts and Homes During Lent :: 40 Bags in 40 Days

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Ash Wednesday Copywork Shot

Ash Wednesday :: Copywork (FREE Printable)

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Ash Wednesday :: Burying Alleluia


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Chocolate Crown of Thorns Tutorial


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Salt Dough Crown of Thorns Tutorial


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Sacrificial Bean Jar


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Giving Alms for Children

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Stations of the Cross for Children


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Stations of the Cross Box Preschool Montessori Printable Cards


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Palm Sunday


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La Toquette :: Pocking Eggs


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Alleluia! He is RISEN!

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Already have plans in mind for the Lenten season? Share how you will Keep a Holy Lent with all of us in the comments!

And visit Lacy for more Lenten ideas!

La Toquette: Pocking Eggs

Growing up, it was just something our family did. Every Easter you would dye eggs and bring them over to Grandmother’s house for Easter dinner.  Shortly before lunch was served, every member of the family–aunts, uncles, cousins–would gather around on the back porch,  and we would pock eggs.

It was a simple little game: with eggs in hand, you would pair off with someone, and try to break the tip off of their egg without breaking yours. If you succeeded, and broke their egg, yours remaining in tact, you won and got to keep the loser’s egg.

Now this sounds all simple and fun, but we had some hard core competition going on. As children, we were convinced that if you rubbed the egg in your hair long enough, somehow the static electricity would help you not to be defeated. And no one wanted to play against Ma Ma, my great-grandmother.  She would always win. Turns out she had a dyed wooden egg that we would all come to discover after her death.

As a child, I never thought that this was any different than anyone else’s family. That was until I moved to my family’s current state and that first Easter rolled around. Eyebrows were raised.

See, I’m originally from Cajun country. My grandparent’s spoke Cajun French, played the fiddle and two- stepped. All, which regrettably, I did not learn.  This simple little game I played as a child, turns out to be a part of my family heritage– a custom brought to America by the French — the Acadians, my family’s ancestors, in which they called it “la toquette”.

Now, even though I am far from Cajun country, the tradition continues.  Every Easter, my own children and their cousins pock eggs. Who am I to break the family tradition?

And it turns out, pock is actually pâques, the French word for Easter. Our ancestors knew they had a good thing going.

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