Homemade Advent Calendars and wreaths

Here are a few ideas to get your creativity going. Remember we are Simply Celebrating: keep it manageable!

Two ideas for wreaths even very young children can enjoy!

Another great site puts a different spin on ways to count your way through Advent.



The Giving Manger

Here’s an activity suitable for every member of the household. A book and kit by the same title is available, but you can read about a DIY version at www.loveandmessiness.com. Just search for “The Giving Manger” on the site.

Prayers for young families

Enjoy these two versions of the Five-Finger Prayer often promoted by Pope Francis. Also included: A template to help you write your own family prayer for Christmas.

The Jesse Tree

There are many sites that offer ideas on how to create a Jesse Tree, but we like the one created by the Diocese of Erie! Find printable ornaments to download as well as a list of pertinent Scripture readings and brief reflections to enjoy during each day of Advent.

Spread the Love

Faith magazine created beautiful holiday letter templates that can be printed, personalized and mailed to anyone you choose. There is also a list of addresses for social service residential agencies in the Diocese of Erie, including nursing homes, homeless shelters, and women or youth centers. They’d love to have a note of holiday cheer from you!