Santa is coming, presents are being considered and wrapped, CHRISTMAS is coming! Christmas is when we gather as a Christian family to celebrate the coming of God. In the rush to do make it a memorable occasion for those we love we can sometimes forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. God loves us so much that he sent his own Son to live among us, in order to show how to live life to its fullest. So as we get ready for this special time, let us take some time to prayerfully prepare to welcome Christ among us. Merry Christmas everyone!
Prepare the Way of the Lord
Actively Waiting for Advent—Free Prayer Packet
Download a free Advent prayer packet from Joe Paprocki, which includes two prayer services, a guided reflection, and a family prayer card.
Explore the relationship between Advent and Christmas in this great little video. As it says, it only takes 2 minutes and then you can talk about what you saw and heard.
The video below is another reminder of why we have this special time called Advent.
During Advent we hear many titles given to Jesus. This video explains their meaning and significance.
The Advent Wreath
Consider following an Advent Calendar such as this. On each day of December, count the appropriate privileges and blessing and pay the fine. Send the money to a group that fights poverty.
Personalise a Family Advent Calendar
Advent provides a great opportunity for young people to take ownership for their faith formation. As a family, spend time sharing how everyone can choose their own path of spiritual development during Advent.
- Explore Family Faith and other resources for ideas
- Brainstorm additional things that can be done each day.
- Create your own Advent Calendar.
An Advent Prayer Garden
Looking for something a little bit different to celebrate the great season of Advent? Why not create an Advent Prayer Garden with the family!
Advent Tree of Kindness
You could also consider creating an Advent Tree of Kindness to help the family to prepare for Jesus’ coming by doing good deeds for others.
Materials per child (or do a large family version)
- One sheet of A4 red paper
- One sheet of A4 green paper
- One sheet of colored star stickers
- List of good deeds
- Ask the children to brainstorm good deeds they can do for others and write them on a list.
- Have the children cut out a Christmas tree from the green construction paper.
- Have them glue the tree onto the red paper.
- Pass out the stickers.
- Explain to all of the family that they are to put a star on their tree after they do a good deed for someone else. (Deeds can come from the list or from their own imaginations.)
- Remember the adults participate also.
- Once a week, perhaps over dinner for the rest of Advent, ask the children to share any good deeds they may have done.
Especially for the Senior Members of the Family (Teens and Parents)
Fr Robert Barron offers free Advent reflections and other resources.
Be Watchful! Be Alert! You do not know when the time will come.