Advent Special Days

* Be sure to try the links to online activities in larger bold type .

Saint Nicholas - December 6

Here you will find a color sheet from Paper Dali.

Dress a St Nick paper doll.

For information about St Nicholas here is a good article to read from

Find a wealth of information, ideas and activities at St Nicholas Center. This site is fantastic!

* You might try an online map quiz about Nicholas or

* Learn about St Nicholas Day from this silly info video.

Our Lady of Guadalupe - December 12

Read the original story here written for children

Paper Dali has pictures to color with super explanation of colors and design.

For families here is a simple play telling the story and a instruction to make Juan Deigo's tilma.

St Lucy - December 13

For information about the importance of St Lucia Day.

Catholic Icing has many ideas for celebrating in your home including everything from recipes to paper dolls.

Arthur has a story about celebrating in Sweden and here is more information.

Paper Dali has a picture to color too.

* Here is a video about the St Lucia celebration today and its Christian origins.

Final Days of Advent

Christmas Novenas- Dec 16-24

St. Ignatius of Loyola suggested a Christmas novena to commemorate the Holy Family's journey to Bethlehem; in 1580, St. John of the Cross prepared a more elaborate version of the travel; seven years later, Spanish missionaries introduced it in Mexico.

In the spirit of Laudato Si, here is a Creation Novena for Advent--beginning on page 4.

Las Posadas

This is the Hispanic Catholic tradition reenacting the story in Luke 2: 4-7.

Follow the Mexican tradition for the 9 days before Christmas.

Read this reflection on Las Posadas.

* Listen to the traditional Posada song in Spanish followed by English.

* Try a word search for Posada terms.

O Antiphons - begin December 17

Here is a good explanation of the prayers.

Families with older children might like to create a set of O Antiphon ornaments.

You are probably most familiar with them in this musical form.

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