December 2018 – The Month of the Divine Infancy
Countdown to Christmas by choosing daily Advent Activities.
(See attached ideas to print.)
Create an Advent Wreath in time for the First Sunday of Advent, Sunday 2 December. A white Christ-Candle can be inserted into the middle and lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Create a Jesse Tree with ornaments representing the people, prophecies and events leading up to Jesus’ birth. Visit Shower of Roses blog for a “No-Sew Picture Tutorial”.
Pray for missionaries all over the world who are spreading God’s Word. Consider what your family can do to help those doing a mission (St Francis Xavier, Monday 3 December.)
Visit the St Nicholas Center website for ideas about how to tell your children about the true history of Santa Claus (Thursday 6 December). Learn how to turn chocolate Santas into St Nicholas’.
St Ambrose (Friday 7 December) is the patron of candlemakers. To prepare for Christmas, try making or decorating a white Christ Candle, which represents Christ, the Light of the World.
For the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Saturday 8 December) consider covering your Christ Candle with a mantle made of white cloth or lace (symbolising Mary’s soul without stain). The mantle symbolises Our Lady, who carried baby Jesus under her heart until he was born. Remove the veil on Christmas morning to reveal the newborn Child.
A National March for Life will take place in Wellington on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Saturday 8 December). Consider taking your family to this significant event or join it in prayer.
Have a Mexican themed dinner with roses as decoration to celebrate the feast days of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St Juan Diego. (12 / 9 December).
Drive around and look at Christmas lights on St Lucy’s feast day (Thursday 13 December). This tradition started because her name means “Light”.
St John of the Cross (Friday 14 December) is one of the “big” patrons of the Carmelite order. Many other great saints have come from the Carmelites such as St Teresa of Avila and St Therese of Liseiux. Take some time to read about the Carmelites and their contributions.
Wait until Christmas Day (Tuesday 25 December) to add Jesus to your Nativity scene. Have a Baby Jesus hunt..
The Feast of St Stephen, the first martyr, is Wednesday 26 December. Pray for those suffering for their faith around the world.
On the Third Day of Christmas we remember St John, apostle and evangelist (Thursday 27 December). Visit website Catholic Culture to do an activity about the origin of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Choose an activity that will help babies, such as donating to a pregnancy centre, praying for babies in danger, or spend time with a special baby in your lives. (Feast of the Innocents, Friday 28 December).
Brainstorm with your family things you can do to live more like the Holy Family. Plan to do at least one by the following week (Feast of the Holy Family, Sunday 30 December).
December Activity Sheet
The activity sheet containing these ideas can be downloaded below. You can then print them off and stick them on your fridge as Carly suggests.