Then, please visit the other blogs listed below for more great ideas!
Read more about this here.
We can\’t forget our favorite tradition: Wisemen Adventures!!
The link-up starts Dec. 3 and will run till the feast of the Epiphany.
Here are a few printable nativities we have tried in past years: Click here.
We created a few Epiphany
Click here for the Epiphany Crafts.
Click here for a list of Angel Crafts:
Nativities Kids Can Enjoy!
(And mom can rest!)
I like to have lots of nativities setting around the house! Most of them the kids know they are not allowed to touch, but I have a few that they can \”play\” with.
For families with young children, child-proofing all your decorations is a great beginning to a happy Holiday! It may not look \”magazine\” beautiful, but at least the kids and you can enjoy the season stress free!
Or you can read about it in my
earlier posts: here and here.
Or click here to see all the art.
St. Nicholas is a fun day around our house! We have a little party and give a few little gifts. I like to focus on St. Nicholas sense I try to not focus on Santa. Don\’t get me wrong. Santa is welcome in our house, but if we do talk about Santa we focus the idea of him as being more of a spirit of giving – not a old guy with a wife and elves. After all Santa was really meant to be St. Nicholas and St. Nicholas never got married or hung out with elves.
Click here to read about our St. Nicholas celebration.
Our Lady\’s Feast Days
St. Steven was stoned to death, so every year we make some rock candy for the feast of St. Steven. Then after we read a story about him we enjoy our snack!
What do you do to have a meaningful Christmas at your house?
May you all have a blessed Christmas season.
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great ideas Jennifer!
I always love your posts. I pin from them ALL the time on my work boards. Thanks again for some family faith-filled activities that truly do Catholic Inspire us!!. (Cyndi from Embedded Faith doing the Catholic Bloggers Link-up!!)
Thank you for so many wonderful ideas! We have started the wise men adventures this year. Thanks for the inspiration!
inspiring, as always with a feeling of joyful creativity
I love the Advent countdown. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas!
Wow! This post is chock-full of great ideas. What a novel approach – decorating the tree and putting the word 'waiting' on it! I grew up with the tree put up on Christmas Eve but now compromise – ours goes up the weekend before Christmas. Blessed Advent to you and yours!
Wow! I love this! We adopted our little girl this year (just finalised yesterday, Yeay!) and I'd already begun to think of what to do to start to keep the commercial out of Cjristmas. This is fantastic because I've already got about three more things I really want to start doing!9 children; awesome! I'll be adding your blog to my blogroll. As a new mum you're definateley someone I can learnt from!
So. Much. Greatness!!! So, as a newbie Catholic I am looking at all of these wonderful ways of celebrating and it is a bit overwhelming! 🙂 We HAVE done the Jesse Tree and Advent Wreath for several years now, so now we are just taking what we are doing and adding a Catholic bent to it. We are celebrating the Feast of St. Nick for the first time this year so I am excited about that and I hope to add in a few others. I have decided that I'll just have to take it slowly and add a new thing in each year and be ok with that. I LOVE that about our Faith – SO much we can do to celebrate, honor and live our Faith!!!
Wow! So many celebrations! Your kids are so lucky! Wish I had those growing up! 🙂
SO GOOD! Is it ok if I forward this list to the teachers at my school? They are always looking for good activities for Advent. God bless!
So many great ideas.I love my Christmas tree. But I do think calling an Advent tree may be a great alternative.Blessings,Emily
Hi Jennifer, I was happy to see you on my follow frenzy list but to be honest, I would have come by to visit you anyways, my friend! You are truly gifted in teaching our faith to children as well as making it fun. Love the use of color in all of your posts… especially the feast days. And I think that your tree is very clever because that is what we're doing now \”preparing\” our hearts for Jesus. This year I am working so it has a whole new feel of busyness to it and I work in my church so it's Advent related.. but hectic. Just thought that perhaps I should make a Prepare sign or something and place it on my windowshelf at work. I have this beautiful painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe that hangs over my desk and I've looked up to her often asking for her intercession. It's comfoting, I think.Anyway, may your Advent be filled with love, graces and blessings!
Your Advent tree is beautiful! We wait to get our tree until Christmas Eve, but I think yours is a great alternative.
Hi Jennifer!I always get inspired by your ideas! Our family is hosting our homeschool's Epiphany party this year so maybe I can incorporate your baby Jesus Epiphany ideas! Thanks for all you do to share our beautiful Catholic faith with so many! Happy Advent!
What great ideas. I'm going to pass them along to my wife.
Don't forget to take part in the Advent Ember days after St. Lucia's feast! http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com/2012/12/advent-embertide.html
I had never heard of an Advent tree. That's a really neat idea!
SO many great idea! I love the big Prepare on your Advent tree. We put our tree up with lights,but I told the boys NO regular ornaments until Christmas Eve. I'm trying to use it as a Jesse Tree instead. I just have a hard time getting my act together to get it done in a timely fashion.
We decorate out tree early, but like you, it's gold & purple. Because seriously, it takes 2 weeks to get it decorated. Christmas is only 12 days :).
Oh my goodness! What a treasure trove this post is! Thanks so much for all the ideas. I'll be coming back here to click around for sure. 🙂
As always, Jennifer, your post is super inspiring! 🙂 Our Advent is a bit simpler this year with a crawling, clingy baby around — I am IN AWE at how you manage to do so much with 9 kids — we have only 3 so far, and I'm already so tired most days! 🙂 Thank you for sharing all your ideas and resources! God bless always!
Great collection of ideas, Jennifer…and nice pictures! It must be fun at your house!