Around the Year with the von Trapp Family

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In this joyful and charming book, Maria von Trapp (from The Sound of Music) unveils for you the year-round Christian traditions she loved – traditions that created for her large family a warm and inviting Catholic home and will do the same for yours.

Here are the songs they sang for feasts and holidays, as well as Maria’s personal recipes for traditional holiday foods. Here are stories and games to delight your children, and countless other ways to turn events such as anniversaries, baptisms, graduations, birthdays, wedding receptions, and even funerals into feasts celebrated in the Lord.

Most people only know the young Maria from The Sound of Music; few realize that in subsequent years, as a pious wife and a seasoned Catholic mother, Maria gave herself unreservedly to keeping her family Catholic by observing in her home the many feasts of the Church’s liturgical year, with poems and prayers, food and fun, and so much more!

With the help of Maria von Trapp, you, too, can provide Christian structure and vibrancy to your home. Soon your home will be a warm and loving place, an earthly reflection of our eternal home.

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"Around the Year With the Von Trapp Family is stunningly produced and one of the coolest guides to the liturgical year I’ve seen. It includes tons of traditional practices, crafts, songs, and more. It’s great for any family looking to introduce more traditions into their liturgical year."

Sam Guzman
Founder and Editor, The Catholic Gentleman
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"I am so impressed with this exquisite book written by Maria Von Trapp. It is an exceptional treasure to be sure. A delightful read (which includes music, recipes, illustrations, history, and more), as well as an inspiring encouragement for today’s Catholic families."

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle
EWTN TV Host, international speaker, and award-winning author of numerous books
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"With eagerness I read and re-read these pages, and each season I open it anew. And each year I’m grateful again for its riches."

Jennifer Mackintosh
Blogger and Editor, Wildflowers & Marbles
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"Here, Maria revives one of the most important lessons of our elders - how to celebrate the feasts of their life."

Patti Armstrong
Author, Catholic Truths for Children
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"With the beautiful layout, illustrations, and Maria’s warm words of encouragement, Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family looks like a coffee-table book to show off — but soon becomes a kitchen-table book."

Nancy Ward
Writer and Contributor, TheCatholicMom.com
  • Pages: 256
  • Format(s): Hardback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622826-681
  • Product Code: 6681
  • Availability: In Stock
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Excellent book focused on keeping the Church at the center of your year!
Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family begins with a foreword by the editor in which she explains how she used to dislike December 26, because she thought Christmas was over. It was years before she discovered that Christmas lasts until January 6, and that the whole year is arranged liturgically with a purpose. She also explains how Maria von Trapp (yes, the one from The Sound of Music) both knew this and lived this. This book, written by Maria von Trapp, lays out the Church year for us, season by season, and how to live it day by day. The book is divided into the following sections: Advent, Christmas, Carnival, Lent, Passiontide, Paschaltide, The Green Meadow, The Land Without a Sunday, As The Evenings Grow Longer, and Our Life – A Feast. One can see from the contents that this was based on the older calendar, but it is still of great use with the newer calendar. The Advent section, for example, explains what an Advent wreath is, how to make one, and the tradition of the lighting of the candles. Also within this section, we learn about Saints Barbara and Nicholas, the origin of the Christmas crib (St. Francis), the Octave of Christmas, and a Christmas Eve fast. Mixed within this section are recipes, hymns, and other songs for the appropriate season. This is how each section/season is, and it serves as an excellent guideline to live out the season every day and not just on Sundays or special days. There is also a section in the book for various days throughout the year which won’t be celebrated by the Church as a whole, but can be celebrated as a family, such as birthdays and anniversaries. This was a great book that is beautiful in its words and presentations. It is one all Catholic families should look into buying, if they are committed to living out the calendar of the Church on a daily basis!
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Looking forward to reading
Was recommended this book and I can’t wait to read it! Not available in stores anywhere that I have looked.
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Excellent sharing of a beautiful way of life.
I deeply appreciate the way the liturgical life was expressed and explained in detail. It was an informative look into a family’s joy in, and faithful expression of their Catholic lives.
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Love these traditions.
Beautiful book with ideas for celebrating the liturgical year.
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Seasonal traditions the Trapp family lived
If you like the von Trapp Family, this book shares the traditions they followed through the year! Stories, music, recipes and illustrations by Maria’s daughter Rosmarie
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Around the Year with the von Trapps Set bundle

Around the Year with the von Trapps Set

Join Maria, David, and Leila as they share their most-loved traditions for making joyful, warm, and prayerful Catholic homes.

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