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Alleluia!

Easter was on April 16th. Today is May 11th. 
We just got around to digging up the Alleluia ribbons that we had buried on Ash Wednesday.  In some traditions, the word "alleluia" is not used during Lent, but then the word is brought back on Easter with great celebration throughout the service with shouts of praise and with songs.    These ribbons that we stick in a bag and bury underground during Lent serve as a tangible picture of that.  
The thing is that this year, we just forgot to get them on Easter and then we kept putting it off. On one day that I remembered, it was raining hard and we did not want to make a mess with the mud. Another time I remembered, but it was getting too dark.  So, finally today, we got out the shovel and freed them from their time underground. 
According to the church calendar, Easter is a season (like Advent or Lent) that lasts 50 days. So, it's still Easter and we can keep on celebrating the resurrection.  That's definitely worth shout…

Mom, do we have to?

Happy May Day! While May 1st totally slipped my mind last year, I had it on the calendar this time around so that I would not forget to make little flower cones for the kids to deliver after school today. When I picked them up, I reminded them that it was May Day and that they got to take a few spring flowers to some neighbors while trying not to get caught.  After I announced this in the car, I pretty much got the response of "Mom, do we have to?!"
But they did go and they even let me take a few pictures.  And for the record, they came back with hearts racing as they had tried to be sneaky,  and I think they might even admit to having had some fun. 
I just have to trust that someday they will look back on these little traditions and smile  (even though I know I might get a few eyes rolling in my direction at some of my ideas to celebrate the day every now and then!)