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Advent preparation activities: printables, craft projects, lesson plans for Catholic Christians

I know, you're thinking "Advent activities?? We haven't even done All Saints Day or Halloween!!  But a wise friend once advised us
Catholic mums to start thinking Advent at All Saints. And as a teacher- homeschooling parent, I learned to plan lessons well in advance. Here's an advent craft you should make ahead to ready yourself for the season.

Advent is the four week period before Christmas is often marked with Advent calendars. These are a great way to count down the days until Christmas and also a good calendar lesson for young children. You can make your own using this easy Advent calendar pattern.

Advent is a movable feast (or festival season), starting on the fourth Sunday before Christmas whenever that may fall. The length of time it lasts changes each year. To make your Advent calendar reusable from year to year, simply number windows from 1-42. That will ensure that you have enough for each day before Christmas and up to Epiphany. On shorter season years, end earlier.

You will need:
Four sheets of tagboard, construction paper or card stock. You can use 8 1/2 x 11, but you will need to be able to write very small. I recommend using 11X 17 construction paper. Make an 11 x 17 poster size pages by taping two 8.5 x 11 pages together.

Christmas images, illustrated Christmas wrapping paper or free printable Christmas coloring pages. Check out this blog for printables or Catholic Activities, my general Catholic educator/homeschooling website. If you are using coloring pages, you'll need to print two images or set your printer properties to enlarge the photo to 11 x 17. Your image will print in two pages.

Sharp scissors, X-acto Knife, Widget or scoring tool

Invisible or double sided tape, glue, Elmer's Spray Adhesive, glue dots or Rubber Cement (Glue dots are expensive but kid-friendly and much less messy. Rubber Cement works well also because you can easily peel off any spills.

Tracing paper or plain copy paper

Fine point black pen

Markers or crayons

To make:
Have kids color Christmas pictures if you have chosen that option.
Tape Christmas images to form one 11 x 17 poster.
Attach 11 x 17 image to one piece of tagboard. Or cover one piece of tagboard with wrapping paper.
With fine point pen, draw 40 1.5" x 1" rectangles on one plain piece of tagboard. Write one Christmasrelated Bible verse or Advent countdown activity inside each rectangle.
Lay tracing paper over rectangles and trace outlines.
Place decorated tagboard over traced rectangles sheet. Turn over so that tracing paper is on top. Using scoring tool or X-Acto knife, cut three edges of rectangle through tagboard. Label front of decorated tagboard with number 1-42. Tape two pieces of cardboard together along the edges. To open windows of Advent calendar, press to release and pull open. Bible verses and activities will show through window.

Free printable Catholic Christian Advent calendars, Advent wreaths, Christmas crafts

Advent is the Catholic Christian season leading up to Christmas. In the weeks before Christmas, Catholics practice Advent values pf prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each week focuses on hope, expectation and joy. Here are free printable advent calendars for kids to make, to guide Christmas devotions Free printable Catholic Christian Advent calendars, Advent wreaths, Christmas crafts

Halloween candy leftovers use-up recipes, ways to reuse stale candy from Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-treat is over and now your kids have a haul of Halloween candy. Of course you want them to eat all that sugar as soon as possible (not!). In anticipation of Advent giving, try one of these healthy, proactive ways to use up leftover trick-or-treat goodies. Make fun treats with these recipes or donate candy and teach kids the value of sharing and almsgiving. Catholic Christian children will love these fun, family activities plus they'll feel good about being unselfish. Halloween candy leftovers use-up recipes, ways to reuse stale candy from Trick-or-Treat

Free printable Catholic Solemnity of Mary Mother of God coloring pages

On Jan. 1, the Catholic church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, along with New Year's Day. The Solemnity of Mary, also called the Feast of Mary Mother of God, is a Holy Day of Obligation. Catholic parents, if you are teaching children the liturgical calendar, here are free printable Virgin Mary coloring pages, Catholic activities and saints coloring pages to help. Family Holiday has a plethora to share. Make these printables into a Catholic coloring book about the Blessed Mother. There are images from the Joyful and Glorious Mysteries of the rosary which Catholic Christians believe was given by Mary Mother of God to help people get close to her son Jesus.  Free printable Catholic Solemnity of Mary Mother of God coloring pages | Examiner.com

Free printable manger scenes, Bible Christmas nativity sets, coloring pages for kids

Are you looking for great Bible Christmas crafts for little ones? Here are free printable manger scenes, Bible nativity sets to color with coloring pages from the Christmas story. Catholic Icing offers free printable Bible Christmas coloring pages to make into nativity sets. Children color characters from the Bible Christmas story. Then they wrap pictures around paper towel and toilet paper tubes. This makes 3D, standup manger scenes. The blog owner created eight pages of coloring pages for so kids can make complete nativity sets.  Free printable manger scenes, Bible Christmas nativity sets, coloring pages | Examiner.com

Free printable Jesse Tree ornaments and Bible coloring pages for Advent

 Advent is the Catholic Christmas liturgical season leading up to Christmas. For four weeks, we pray, fast, read Bible passages on the gospel Christmas story and give alms to the poor. The theme of Advent is to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. One way is to pray an Advent calendar. Another, related to the Advent calendar is to follow a Jesse Tree.



The Jesse Tree is an ancient visual aid the shows the lineage of Jesus. The basis comes from the Old Testament Bible passage "a root shall spring up from the stump of Jesse's lineage." This Bible foretells the birth of the Messiah and that He will come through Jesse, King David's father. . During Advent, symbols are hung on the Jesse Tree to represent Bible characters and people in Jesus's family tree.



Here are free printable Jesse Tree devotional activities. Each night, have children color one symbol place it on the Jesse Tree. Do this as you light candles on the Advent wreath and candles and read and pray from the Advent calendar. The Jesse Tree ends by adding images from the O Antiphons, another ancient Advent to Christmas series of prayers. Free printable Jesse Tree ornaments and Bible coloring pages for Advent | Examiner.com

Free printable Catholic Advent calendars for a Christian Bible Christmas

The Catholic Christian season of Advent begins November 30, 2014

and goes for four weeks till Christmas. Many families follow Advent calendars. Some contain candy or prizes to countdown to Christmas. The Daily Mail, on November 24, listed even more lavish commercial Advent calendars prizes: nail polish, gifts, toys, jewelry, cosmetics, even beer!  Free printable Catholic Advent calendars for a Christian Bible Christmas | Examiner.com

Skip holiday gift exchanges and donate Christmas presents to needy children

Random gift exchanges are silly. There is no sense, financial or common, in trading gifts with extended family or people you're not close to. Times are tight and many can't afford frivolous gift exchanges. They don't want to waste money on a meaningless token gift. So here's a plan: skip holiday gift exchanges and donate Christmas presents to needy children.  

Christmas work party wish list questionnaire for holiday gift exchanges | Examiner.com

Holiday gift exchanges for the Christmas work party are awkward. Trading gifts among people you don't know may seem like a pointless pain in the neck. But if you attend a company work party, the gift exchanges are probably unavoidable. And some people look forward to gift exchanges--senior citizens, developmentally disabled people, employees in small businesses, adult education students, work at home groups. A problem with gift exchanges is not knowing what to get a co-worker for the holiday work party. So have participants fill out a work party wish list questionnaire or preference profile. Here's a wish list questionnaire to print and distribute a few weeks before your holiday party. Gift suggestions based on Christmas wish list questionnaire answers are included.Christmas work party wish list questionnaire for holiday gift exchanges | Examiner.com

 

All Saints Day party: Catholic games, crafts, snacks for Halloween alternative | Examiner.com

Parents do you dislike Halloween? Maybe you don't like the ghoulish aspects or the sexy costumes. You don't want your kids to miss the fun of dressing up and trick or treating; you just want to avoid the profane parts of Halloween. Well, why not have take the holiday back to its roots? The point of All Hallows Eve was to ward off evil before the Catholic celebration of All Saints' Day on Nov. 1. So why not celebrate Halloween as All Saints Eve? Here's an All Saints Day (or Eve) party planner with Catholic saints costumes, games, crafts, activities and treats. Ask your parish coordinator if you can host it at church. Ask the priest to say mass and bless the children.All Saints Day party: Catholic games, crafts, snacks for Halloween alternative | Examiner.com

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