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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Advent 2014: Week One

Sharing Family Traditions, reflections, activities & crafts over at 

~ + ~ THE LORD IS COMING ~ + ~


+ Books on Saints for Elementary Grades +
Traditionally we have read books from the Lives of Saints whose Feasts days land during the Advent season.  We have tons of books to choose from, so, I will fill our baskets with those that pertain to the month of December.

+ Books for High School +
These are books that I am considering:
Advent with St. Francis: Daily Reflections  (Franciscan Media)
Advent with the Saints:  Daily Reflections (St. Anthony Messenger Press)

+ Books for the Mama! +
A Mary Christmas (Franciscan Media) 
Advent Meditations with Fulton J. Sheen - 28 reflections (Liguori Publications)


+ St. Nicholas +
Last year, at our First Friday Mass we had several activities after Mass and Devotions.  However, at home, we celebrate with Hot Chocolate and Gold Coins.


St. Nicholas Feast Day is December 6th

+ Jesse Tree +
I have been very happy with our (now retired) Jesse Tree ornaments, which I originally created using the Paper Dali templates.  After my children colored the ornaments, we laminated them and added a purple ribbon.  I guess they are now, priceless. 

+ Advent Calendar +
We have 2 Advent calendars that we enjoy...here is a favorite of ours:

+ Advent Candles +
Both a family and church tradition...

+ Nativity Scene +
Our nativity scenes make their appearance, but we cover Baby Jesus until Christmas Eve.


+ St. Nicholas +
Last year, after our monthly First Friday Mass, I organized several St. Nicholas Games & Activities such as:
St. Nicholas Coin Toss
Chocolate St. Nicholas Craft
Nutter Butter St. Nicholas Cookie Decorating
St. Nicholas Guessing Game (adapted from Catholic Inspired)
Apple St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas Roll-Up
Coloring Table of St. Nicholas, St. Lucia & Our Lady of Guadalupe
St. Nicholas Story Time

The next First Friday gathering for our home-school group is coming up quickly...I'd better get to work!

+ ADVENTures +
Last year we participated in the fun Adventures hosted by Jennifer...I recommend this activity for your family, too!  Week One, post Two, post Three, post Four


+ Cookie Exchange & Rosary Night +
Week Two...

+ Parish Advent Retreat +
Week Two...can't wait!


You can find more Family Traditions, reflections, activities & crafts over at 


  1. We bring out the gold coins for St. Nicholas day, too! It's a fun tradition - and one my mom used to do for us when we were kids. I must say - it's getting harder to find those gold chocolate coins at the stores, though.


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