Ideas for the Advent Season
During the Four Weeks of Advent We Prepare
for the Christ Child
Advent is a time to get ready for the
Christmas Feast Day. There are many ways to get ready including:
prayer, daily devotions, novenas, and fasting. We as Catholics have
many helpful tools such as: advent wreaths, nativity scenes, Christmas
movies and movies about the Saints, cooking, and decorating our homes.
Prayer Should Increase
During this busy time, it is essential
that we set aside a special time for prayer and mediation. Not only is
this a very stressful time… but it is easy to lose the meaning of
Christmas in all the preparations. Set aside time to pray alone and
time to have devotions with your family. An Advent Wreath is a great
tool for family devotions. Each week, gather around your wreath and
pray… then light one Advent Candle on the wreath. The children will
look forward to this devotion and will always remember it.
We can also set up a Nativity Scene in our
home. Save the baby Jesus and the three Wise men for the appropriate
time. On Christmas Day, put baby Jesus in the crèche; on the
Feast of Epiphany, put the three Wise men in your Nativity Scene. The
Nativity Set can also be used as a devotional tool. Pick readings from
the Gospel and read them around the Nativity Set. Let the children
arrange the figures accordingly to the verse.
Spend Time with Family
Family time is very important during the
Advent Season. Cooking, watching movies, playing cards or board games
and just spending time together is important. Slow Down! Take the time
to enjoy the season. Let the children help decorate the tree. Make a
special treat and watch a Christmas Movie. Some of my favorites
include: “A Wonderful Life”, “Going My Way”, “Home Alone”, and “The
Santa Claus”, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, “Santa Claus is Coming
to Town”, and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” …. “Shrek the Halls” has
a good message about putting up with annoying relatives and family.
It’s ok to watch movies that are about Santa and other fun holiday
things… just make sure that the message is clear about the reason we
celebrate this season! Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords is
Born!!! Pick out some Nativity movies to watch and mix them in.
Decorate Your Home and Make Special Foods
Beautiful things and foods make us love
this season. Hang the most beautiful picture of the Holy Family that
you can find in a prominent place. Our Catholic Faith is beautiful…
take full advantage of it this Christmas Season. Hang greenery and
lights… this is a wonderful Celebration! The King is born! Prepare for
the King by: setting up a Christmas tree, hanging special decorations,
light the outside of your home, at Christmas Dinner use special China,
play Christmas music… make sure some of it is religious hymns, light
candles and light a special candle for the Christ Child, make special
foods, play the piano, think of a special cooking of crafting project
to do with your kids or god children.
The King is Coming,
Prepare for Him!
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