1) It's the final feast of Christmas, and guess what! I got the definitive answers to what are the five feasts of Christmas. It is: 1. Christmas, 2. Feast of the Holy Family, 3. Mary, Mother of God, 4. Epiphany, 5. Baptism of the Lord. Our priest got tired of being asked from so many other people that were also in the dark, so enlightened us all with his homily today. :)
2) I've been wondering how the Baptism of the Lord fit in with the Christmas celebration, but today it made a little more sense. We're transitioning from the celebration of His birth to the end of His hidden life. At His baptism, He moves into His public ministry. And we move into Ordinary Time, focusing on the teachings of His public ministry.
3) My life is a little backwards from most people's. Most folks are ready for the holidays to be over (though it can be a little depressing) because they need some quiet time. Not me. For the last several years, my holidays are too quiet, so I'm glad when "regular life" starts back up again. Actually, the quiet wasn't bad this year. I felt like I actually got a chance to appreciate Advent, and I enjoyed having plenty of free evenings for movies. Now I enjoy that I have a lot of things going on this week.
4) This weekend was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed snowshoeing. I definitely need to go get some snowshoes now, but there are so many different kinds I don't know which ones to get. We were not on a slope where we had to worry about avalanches, but we still learned some about them. Like learning to dig a snow pit to check the condition of the snow.
Some fellow snowshoers heading up a hill and practicing their rest step (where you stop and rest briefly with each step because it's steep.)
Anyway, it was a good weekend, and I'm actually motivated to try to get to the treadmill tomorrow to see if I can get in better shape for the next time. My only disappointment was that I didn't get to try some new pictures with the new camera. I only took the old one on the trip. It seemed better for wallowing in the snow. I was going to get out today, but it was snowing. That was disappointing in regards to the camera, but exciting in regards to more snow to play in.