Every spring for the last three years I have participated in a peg doll saint exchange. I love this practice for the same reason I paint and venerate icons. As I paint the chosen saint, I meditate on the lives of saints, on the holiness of my family, or just my relationship with God.
Once I receive the other saints in the exchange, I divide them among my children and put them into their Easter baskets along with Easter treats.
For this year's saint I have chosen is St. Alexander of Jerusalem. We have decided that this saint is our son's patron. We decided upon Alexander's name based on many great Alexanders, as we did with our other son and many great, Thomas'.
I'm not quite done, but I am getting close.
May God grant you many years.