Friends, I am not trying to overload you with novenas, or go all churchy on you, but it is that time of year! Happy feast of St. Andrew! Today is the day to start your Christmas Novena (which really isn’t a novena because it lasts longer than nine days, but who’s counting?). So inaddition to your Immaculate Conception Novena . . .

Repeat 15 times a day until Christmas:

HAIL, and blessed be the hour and moment
        At which the Son of God was born
        Of a most pure Virgin
        At a stable at midnight in Bethlehem
        In the piercing cold
        At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,
        To hear my prayers and grant my desires
        (mention request[s] here).

        Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother. Amen.