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Monday, April 18, 2011

Holy Week = Screen Free Week = Earth Week

Good Friday Edition -

This year we have the perfect convergence. Holy Week is not only the same week as  Earth Week but it is also Screen Free Week.  Now for the Granola Catholic Family we try to make all three happen every week.
Some ideas to make this week more meaningful
  • If you are not willing to give up TV completely make your viewing intentional. Watch movies such as Chronicles of Narnia , especially  The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, which is a great allegory for the death and resurrection of our Lord
  • Better yet read the the Chronicles of Narnia with your kidsThe_Lion,_the_Witch_and_the_Wardrobe
  • Turning off the tv allows for more outside time with your kids, plant a garden or just recycle a milk carton with some radishes. They grew quickly and you are recycling too. Nature Mom has a bunch of ideas on her blog.
  • Go for a hike, perhaps at sunset.  You don’t have to go far to take a hike, many urban and suburban areas have wonderful trail system. A hike or walk at sunset will replace screen time with back to nature time. The birds and other native animals tend to be more active at this time of day too.
  • Try an outside Stations of The Cross – many of these are in beautiful garden like settings. Little ones tend to be quite content outside where they can run around.
  • Try making one of craft projects. A great way to pass the time, up cycle things around the house and learn about the Passion of our Lord
  • Try cooking some vegetarian meals together as a family. Eating meatless is an easy way to do something for the planet and fasting and abstaining are time honored ways of observing Holy Week
We have school this week but we will still find time to honor Earth Week with a trip to our local Herb Festival on Saturday to buy our annual supply of plants.  We will be attending a Children’s stations of the Cross on Friday as well as Adoration on Thursday.  We gave up TV as a family for Lent, the only exception being for severe weather. But frankly we don’t have much time for tv these days anyway.  
I would  LOVE to hear how you are planning to spend this momentous week. Holy Week, Earth Week or Screen Free Week. Share your thoughts below.


Sasha said...

I have been thinking about this as well. Wondering how to combine the two (didnt know about tv free week prior to this post) and couldnt think of anything. Thanks for sharing your ideas. : )

granola catholic said...

Sasha, I did not realize it was tv free week either until someone else mentioned it. But they all seem to fit very nicely together. I hope that some of these ideas will inspire you to find a way to honor all three observances. Have a blessed week.

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