The drawing has to be done in great secrecy. The person whose name one has drawn is now in one's special care. From this day until Christmas, one has to pray for her as often as one can. One has to provide at least one prayer every single day--without ever being found out. ~~~ You will reveal your Christkindl at our next meeting, Jan. 5 - Vigil of the Epiphany. You will also present your Christkindl with a wrapped gift, not to exceed a $5 value. ~~~ The beautiful thing about this particular custom is that the relationship is a reciprocal one. The person whose name I have drawn and who is under my care becomes for me the helpless little Christ Child in the manger; and as I am performing these many little acts of love and consideration for someone in the family I am really doing them for the Infant of Bethlehem, according to the word, "And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me." That is why this particular person turns into "my Christkindl." At the same time I am the "Christkindl" also for the one I am caring for because I want to imitate the Holy Child and render all those little services in the same spirit as He did in that small house of Nazareth, when as a child He served His Mother and His foster father with a similar love and devotion.

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~ Around the Year with the TRAPP FAMILY,

Each numbered box represents a day in December/January. Cross off each date/box when you have said a prayer for your Christkindl. Do not get discouraged if you miss a day.

Prayer Chart

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25 1

5 12 19 26 2

6 13 20 27 3

7 14 21 28 4

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Prayer for Friends
Blessed Mother of those whose names you can read in my heart, watch over them with every care. Make their way easy and their labors fruitful. Dry their tears if they weep; sanctify their joys; raise their courage if they weaken; restore their hope if they lose heart, their health if they be ill, truth if they err, and repentance if they fall. Amen. - RMGS 2012