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
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
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!