1. Have an Advent wreath. Don’t overcomplicate this. The simplist Advent wreath will do. If Advent has already started, that’s ok. Just go ahead and put your wreath together, then light the first candle one evening and let it burn down a little. Catching up isn’t hard to do. 😉
2. Stuff shoes for St. Nicholas day (December 6). This does not have to be difficult or complicated. Have the kids put their shoes out, tell them the story of St. Nicholas, fill the shoes with goodies. Even just a few cookies in a ziplock baggie will do, although I do like to pick up the bags of chocolate gold coins.
3. Go to Mass on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8. Actually, this is not optional since it’s a holy day of obligation, but it doesn’t involve any prep and it always falls during Advent. Make sure your children understand what this Feast day means- you can use this coloring sheet to help.
4. Sing Christmas songs. Stick with the ones you know the words to, and choose the religious ones- Away in a Manger, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, etc. If you only know the first verse, just sing it several times in a row. Whether you’re in the car, or snuggled up in the living room, just go for it- the kids will love it even if you are tone deaf!
5. St. Lucia (Lucy)’s feast day, December 13- drive around and look at Christmas lights. This tradition started because her name means “light”. What a fun and easy way to celebrate this great feast day! If you aren’t feeling up to making saffron buns, you can make easy St. Lucy buns from canned cinnamon rolls.
6. Celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) or St. Juan Diego (December 9) by eating Mexican food for dinner. There are lots of ways to celebrate these days, but you have to cook dinner anyway, right? May as well be tacos. If you have a statue of our Lady of Guadalupe, set her on the table as a centerpiece.
7. Put out a Nativity set. Put it front and center in your home. Up on the mantel is a great choice. This is an easy way to send a message of what’s the most important for this season. If you’re looking for an easy nativity craft, my printable nativity set only needs supplies you’re sure to already have laying around the house.
8. Attend confession as a family. A lot of churches have a big confession service during Advent- utilize it. This is a great way to prepare for the coming of our Savior.
9. Pray the St. Andrew Christmas Novena with your family. This is a beautiful tradition. You can add it to your daily prayers, or do this in place of your current family prayers during the Advent season.
10. Have a Baby Jesus hunt for when you place him in your nativity set on Christmas. This is one of my favorite traditions, and so easy! Read about how we do this here.
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