Monday, December 29, 2008

Oh, and PS..

Since my nephew didn't know (he had a shocked and horrified "but I have believed Santa was real all my life" look on his face when I told him) I thought maybe some of you might not either. He is 21 and has escaped this knowledge for more than two decades.

The 12 days of Christmas is not the 12 days BEFORE Christmas, but in fact the days between Christmas and Epiphany - January 6th is Epiphany. White is the liturgical color for Epiphany.

I bought an extra stamping magazine (again!!) and will give it to the first person who knows when the vestments are typically changed to BLUE.

So there you go.

You also may not know that craft people do better in a recession, so fear not. I signed up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in May of 2001. The economic downturn after 9/11 followed closely, and my first two years still stand as my most successful years in my business.

Here's a little article that backs me up.


  1. Well, I will not win because I have no clue. So why am I even posting a comment? Becuase I love comments, and I think you do, too. ;-) BTW, I agree that while people are cutting back everywhere, they are still buying stamps, just at a slower pace.

  2. Well, Lydia, in the Catholic religion, blue is not a vestment color at all - ever. So that would be my answer, unless you are speaking of another religion. Then, I would have no idea! P.S. I'm hoping you'll be doing a webinar session this week (hint, hint)!

  3. I have to share some Catholic stories with you. Many moons ago when I was in my early twenties, I worked with a woman who would always say "is the Pope Catholic?" if you asked a yes or no question. I finally looked at her and said, "I thought he was Polish, I have know idea, I'm Buddhist". I have another story that happened a few year ago. One of my employees was stocking the shelves with religious rubber stamps and when I asked her why she put the Japanese Kimono stamps in with them, she said they looked like vestment robes to her. We got a good giggle out of that one.:)

  4. I am taking a guess - after January 6th. Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne

  5. I remember hearing blue might be used for feasts pertaining to Mary?

  6. Ok, here is what I have found... I am an Episcopalian, which is the religion most like the Catholic church. In our church, purple is used during advent, but I have read that sometimes blue is substituted. Blue is also used on the Virgin Mother's Feast days, and sometimes on the last Sunday after Penticost. Blue is also sometimes used as a Pre-Lent color, wherever it is still observed. I think what you are referring to is the Sunday after Epiphany as the day the vestments change to blue. However, I am not sure, because in my church, it changes to green at this point.AM I EVEN CLOSE?

  7. -Hi Lydie,

    This question was very informative and a lot of fun for me - we do not have clergy in our church and so there are no liturgical garments. I found that blue is usually associated with Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that blue (or violet) is usually worn for the four Sundays before Christmas, known as Advent. So, from what I have learnt, I would say that vestments would have been changed to blue this year on Sunday, 30 November.
    Thanks for your question Lydia - I enjoyed it. I hope you have a very Happy New Year, and that this will prove to be a particularly profitable recession for you.
    Anne. dinkuminkum at yahoo dot co dot nz.

  8. Blue is sometimes used for Advent and Lent instead of the traditional violet/purple. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Well, I had to google this. Because my religion doesn't really do anything like this.

    Advent Nov 30th - Dec 13th the color was blue, Advent from Dec 21st - Dec 23rd, and Christmas Eve Dec 24th.

    I am curious to find out the answer.



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