Free printable Advent wreath crafts for children to make

Advent is the four-week season before Christmas, celebrated by Catholics, Orthodox and some protestant Christian denominations. Most people think of Advent calendars with candies and treats. But that, like a commercial Christmas, is miles from the real purpose.. Advent is a lesser penitential season, a minor Lent. Christians observe spiritual acts of prayer, fasting and charity. They follow Bible-based Advent calendars and count down to Christmas reflecting on Jesus. Here areFree printable Advent wreath crafts for children to make

Diabetic diet Christmas dessert recipes, low carb, sugarless and lowfat

November 14 in World Diabetes Day says International Diabetes Federation. It's appropriate to raise diabetes awareness around the holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year's Eve, Epiphany, whatever festivals you celebrate, they all involve food and especially desserts and sweets. Get-togethers can be really hard for diabetics and dieters. Here are ways to cut sugar and fat in recipes, so diabetics and dieters can have their cake and eat it too!  Diabetic diet Christmas dessert recipes, low carb, sugarless and lowfat

Day of the Dead family altar ideas and free printable Dia de los Muertos crafts

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated November 1 and 2, says Reuters. The Mexican festival is the Latino version of the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day with some roots in ancient Aztec celebrations. All Saints Day honors saints and All Souls Day, our own beloved dead. Here are Day of the Dead family altar ideas and free printable Dia de los Muertos crafts - Grand Rapids Holidays |

Free Printable SVG Patterns for Advent Wreaths and Calendars

I love many things about Advent! Prayer, fasting, almsgiving are important. As a homeschool mom, I also made a lot of crafts with kids in preparation for Christmas. Are you making a homemade advent wreath or advent calendar? Want free printable stencils to help? Whether you make crafts with a paper die cutting machine like Cricut or make patterns free hand, you'll want these free printable SVG (scalable vector graphics) patterns.  Free Printable SVG Patterns for Scrapbooking and Cricut Machines

Free Printable Advent Cards and Invitations

If you're like me, you get invited to a lot of celebrations. There are secular ones--graduation, retirement, birthdays--and religious ones--holidays, first communion, baptism, weddings. I love giving gifts, but costs add up. So I use free printable greeting cards to save money. Going to a Catholic or Christian special event? Here are printable cards. Throwing a party? Here are invitations. You'll find printable holiday, wedding, bridal and baby shower and birthday cards, too.  Free Printable First Holy Communion Cards and Invitations

Free Printable Advent, Christmas, Catholic, Bible Coloring Pages

Catholics celebrate several religious days, referred to as Holy Days. Based on the Bible, these days center around an event in the life of Jesus or His Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary. Holy Days are All Saints Day (Nov. 1), Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), Christmas (preceded by the holy season of Advent), Solemnity of Mary (Jan 1), Ash Wednesday (movable feast which kicks of the holy season of Lent and leads up to Easter), Ascension Thursday (movable feast) and the Assumption of Mary (August 15).

Our tradition is rich in Biblical teaching, prayer, sacraments and tradition. Our liturgical calendar is full of other specials days. We also commemorate the lives of saints. To help children learn about Catholic faith, here are free printable coloring pages for Bible stories, holidays and holy days, Lent, Advent, life of Jesus, Catholic saints, feast days, rosary and stations of the cross.  Free Printable Catholic Saints and Christian Bible Coloring Pages


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