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

and adults can read or listen at this site.

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

A simple play telling the story.

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.

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.

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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