We made it to the Fourth Week of ADVENT. Christmas is right around the corner. Is our heart and home ready to receive Jesus? Have we made room for him in our hearts?
Did you know that it was St Francis of Assisi that gave us the tradition of setting up a Nativity scene? Have you stopped by the church to view our Nativity scene? Do you have one in your home.
When my children were very young they loved Legos . Part of our family’s tradition was for my son and daughter to build the stable for our nativity scene. I had very inexpensive figures for the holy family so it would be okay for the kids to play out the scene. They would work together to build it and place the people inside and we would talk about it. What are some of your family’s traditions?
Below is a clip explaining what the first Nativity scene was like as St. Francis brought it to tradition and why this is a very important visualization.
Where do you go to find peace and prayer? How can we make sure the door will be open when God arrives?
This past week, Pope Francis has declared 2021 to be dedicated to St Joseph. The song below is one of my favorites imagining what St. Jospeh was thinking when Jesus was a baby.
For Kids in grades k-4 and their families:
What are ways your family keeps Jesus as the true meaning for the season? What TV specials do watch together? One of my favorites is the Little Drummer Boy. What are some of your family’s favorite traditions?
What will you give him?
For kids in grades 5-7 and their families:
Did you know that the Blessed Mother Mary was only a young teenager.... probably around 13-14years old? Can you imagine being her when the Angel visits to tell her about God’s special plan? She said,” YES” to cooperate with the plan. She may not have understood everything but she trusted. What would you do?
God has given us all a special plan for our life? Do we take time to listen to the ways God lets us know which direction is best for is to go? Ask GOD to help you find your special part to play in building HIS kingdom.
For Youth in grades 8-12 and their families:
How has ADVENT been going for you? This week we focus on the Blessed Mother’s “ yes” to God. How often to do we say “ yes” to God.
How often to we put trust in God even when we are not understanding the plan exactly?
Make sure you make room. Pray with me.