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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Advent 2014: Week One

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~ + ~ THE LORD IS COMING ~ + ~



SPIRITUAL READING

+ 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)


ADVENT FOOD PREP

+ 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.

FAMILY & CHURCH TRADITIONS

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.



ADVENT ACTIVITIES:

+ 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

COMING SOON - WEEK TWO ADVENT IDEAS

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

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

 




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2 comments:

  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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