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A Family Giving Project

October 9, 2009

Today I am posting an idea to get your family involved in giving while celebrating a fun holiday at Heart of the Matter. 

On November 11th, countries around the world will celebrate Martinmas, the holiday honoring St. Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier-turned monk.  According to legend, St. Martin came upon a scantily clad beggar one night in the snow, and having nothing to offer, he took his sword and cut his cloak in half to share with the man.  That night, St. Martin had a dream in which Christ was wearing half a cloak and said, β€œHere is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptized; he has clad me.”  The next day, Martin ran to be baptized and became a Christian.

In European countries today, festivities range from children parading with paper lanterns behind a man dressed as St. Martin to families eating a feast featuring goose, but the heart of the story is selfless generosity.

Why not hold your own spin-off on Martinmas and round out the celebration with a new tradition that will foster warm, giving hearts in your family?


Read the rest here:  A Family Giving Project

Let me know if you try it!

One Comment leave one →
  1. christinnjon permalink
    October 9, 2009 2:40 pm

    HI Angela! I’m a new contributor to HOTM, too and I wanted to come by and say hello!

    It seems you and I have a few things in common ;). We’ve both been married 9 years and both are ALWAYS organizing and/or reorganizing something (truly believe it will work THIS time!) That is too funny. And I thought I was the only one! πŸ™‚ Good to know I have a fellow “organizing junkie” out there. πŸ™‚

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