The story of Mary's birth is somewhat familiar. Joachim and Anne were two holy people, married for many years without being able to conceive a child. But by remaining faithful to the Lord, they were rewarded by finally conceiving a child- the little girl who would become the Blessed Mother. The story goes that the Angel Gabriel appeared both to Joachim and Anne separately, telling them the good news that they were pregnant, and when Joachim and Anne found each other to share the news they each already knew!!
Usually for Marian Feast Days the kids and I make a "white dinner." Everything is white in honor of Mary.
White chilli is a nice meal to make this time of year when soccer and cross country and all of the other activities are going in full swing. Just pop the chicken and spices in the crock pot and go! Of course a lovely white cake for desert is a natural!
We read Mary My Mother by Father Lawrence Lovasik and Catholic Traditions In The Home And Classrooms: 365 Days To Celebrate A Catholic Year. For example, in France this is the day for harvesting the best grapes and bringing them to church. This is also the start of the "bringing down" in the Alps, as ranchers bring their herds down from the summer pastures for safe keeping in the winter.