I needed a way to keep track of how I was praying. In doing my research I saw someone suggest praying five times at each meal but I wanted to pray throughout the day. A reason to stop in all the busyness and craziness that is this of the year to intentionally pray and spend time with God. Using my rosary chaplet wouldn't work, I thought about scheduling times but that would have defeated what I wanted to achieve plus since I am on leave I go to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel after Mass and I don't think my alarms would go over well.
I thought about knots, although I still have no idea how I would have pulled that off. Finally it came to me, safety pins. I'm a little dense so I think sometimes God has to hit me over the head a few times. Everyday I sit at my desk I see the pins hanging on the grate of my desk where I keep papers. I keep some pins on my bedside table that I must have dropped a dozen times while trying to figure out a way to keep track. So I drop the pins yet again for no reason and as I pick them up I notice that they are interlocked and the light bulb went off.
The St Andrew Christmas Novena
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment at which the Son of God was born of a most pure Virgin at a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, to hear my prayers and grant my desires. (Mention your intentions here) Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother.