Advent Week 1
Week of Hope
In our first week of Advent, let’s remember to be people filled with hope because we know that Christ is coming.
Set up and light the Advent wreath
December 3, 2023
The Advent wreath is a longstanding Catholic tradition originated by Christians during the Middle Ages. It is used as a spiritual preparation for the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The wreath is usually made from evergreens, symbolizing the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life we find in Christ. We light four candles each Sunday of Advent, three purple candles, representing hope, peace, and love, as well as a pink candle representing joy. A white candle is also placed in the middle. Called the “Christ Candle”, it represents the life of Christ. The color is for purity for Christ, who is sinless and our Savior.
Decorate the tree as a family
December 4, 2023
The Christmas tree has been a traditional decorative staple ever since the 16th century. It is a symbol of the birth and resurrection of Jesus. It also represents the peace that Jesus brings as well as His everlasting nature.
Bake and decorate Christmas cookies
December 5, 2023
Nothing says or “smells” like the holidays quite like a batch of homemade cookies. Today, spoil yourself (or someone else) with a sweet treat. Let it remind you to celebrate the sweet birth of Jesus Christ.
Write and send letters to Santa Claus
December 6, 2023
Writing a long list to Santa Claus filled with all special requests and wants does sound very exciting this time of year. The anticipation a child gets as they await Christmas to see what Santa left under the tree is just wonderful. What if we can initiate a thrill in our children by having them list something they hope for besides a materialistic thing? Today we celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas. Noted for his generosity, St. Nicholas inspired the famous figure of Santa Claus.
Watch a Family Christmas movie
December 7, 2023
Snuggling together on a cold night, snacking on something delicious, and watching a Christmas movie is just the best! Why not do it together as a family? This quality time indulging in a laugh or maybe a lesson of the holiday is just the thing.
December 8, 2023
Today we celebrate the Immaculate Conception. As Catholics, we believe that the Virgin Mary was free of original sin from the moment of conception.
Read a Christmas story as a family
December 9, 2023
After dinner this evening, take the time to sit with your family and read a Christmas story together. It may be a short picture book to share with the youngsters or maybe a Gospel passage about the birth of Christ. Either way, immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas.