Advent Ideas for Families
Advent is a special time of year for Catholics. Parents are tasked with passing along the awe and wonder of the season to their children. It’s a tremendous opportunity for traditions that can add depth to a child’s (and family’s) spiritual life.
Our Catholic schools incorporate faith every day into the curriculum-especially during Advent. There are many ways families can celebrate Advent at home, too. Here are a few simple ideas:
- Create and light an Advent wreath
- Read an Advent reflection daily during a family meal time
- Read an Advent story book together
- Decorate a Jesse tree with Bible-inspired ornaments
- Contribute to a Sacrifice manager – like the Giving Manager or similar
- Read aloud from the Gospel
- Volunteer and/or donate to others in the community as a family
- Visit hospitals or nursing homes to sing Christmas carols
- Explain and discuss the significance of the Nativity scene and other Christmas symbols
- Celebrate December feast days with special events, like stuffing shoes on St. Nicholas Day, etc
- Attend your parish Advent events and Christmas Mass with family and friends
The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has a library full of Advent resources for families. One is this awesome Advent calendar below. Find even more ideas here.