When, you are a little girl in an Orphanage, you learn new ways to celebrate Christmas! Even though I went to a Catholic School before German St.Vincent Orphan Home, the Nuns, were of different religious orders, and some of the Nuns at St.Vincent, came from Germany.
Before Christmas, there are the four (4) weeks of Advent. You were encouraged to perform some type of mortification – repentance, so that when Christmas arrived, you were more in the Spirit of Receiving the Christ Child, into the world. You were to become a more meek and mild person!
Since I was just eight years old, and had to learn all these new ways and rules (and you may as well hear it from me – some of the Nuns, were very mean and excessive and abusive, to some of the children).
As the first and oldest child in my family, I did learn to listen, watch what was going on, learn a lesson or two! So that is what I did, paid attention to what the older girls did when receiving candy, like the stocking from Famous Barr store, and on Visiting Day, or if one of the Nuns gave out treats for work done – accumulated “quite a stash!”
Now that I am so much older and wiser – if you are going to give up something for Advent or Lent – you do not accept just to enjoy, later! What was your big sacrifice? Do little kids understand all that?
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