Tiffany @ Family at the Foot of the Cross
Gardenia @ My Little Flower
Here's a cute song sung to the "Alphabet Song" that we sing while we are lighting the candles. I got this song from someone on the Catholic Homeschool Moms Facebook page:
This is a very simple Advent song we sing when we light our Advent candle(s) each morning for prayers and each night for prayers.
"Set the candles burning bright.
Advent is a time to wait -
Not quite time to celebrate.
When the waiting time is through,
It's Christmas joy for me and you!
This year we will be reading Jotham's Journey, A Storybook for Advent with our children. We will try to read it with using only the light from the candle(s). It's beautiful to see that as we get closer to the celebration of Christ's birth, each lit candle makes the room brighter and reading easier. I love how this symbolizes how we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world!
Jesse Tree Tradition
We will also be decorating our Jesse Tree and reading scripture as our children put on one symbol per night on our "tree" (which is a branch we found in our woods in a pot covered with purple cloth). Our symbols are made out of paper and our children colored each picture. I then laminated them and punched a hole to tie a string to the paper. I made copies of these symbols from this page on Domestic-Church.com . We have enjoyed reading The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean in years past and we will continue with this tradition this year. We read one story each night which relates to the Jesse Tree and its symbols.
Patty at Reasons for Chocolate just shared how her homeschool group made it a group project to make homemade Jesse Tree symbols for everyone in the group! Go check them out HERE! They are all so beautiful, made with love and care! Thanks for sharing Patty!
I'm especially excited to join in this year's Advent Adventure because our family will be learning all the new mass responses for the third edition of the Roman Missal with Holy Heroes as they will go over the changes during Advent Adventure that will start on the first Sunday in Advent. Holy Heroes also has a Lenten Adventure in preparation for Christ's resurrection at Easter. Holy Heroes is a great and fun resource and our family has learned so much together as a family about our Catholic faith with Holy Heroes!
So if you are looking for another great way to enhance your Advent season with your family, check out the Holy Heroes website and enjoy your adventure!
Another Advent tradition in our family is reading the book What God Wants for Christmas.
My children love this book and interactive nativity set and I look forward to sharing this my children.
I gave them 4 yellow/orange circle stickers and had them wrap one sticker around one purple candle. The children can "light" another candle by placing a sticker on another purple candle as each Sunday in Advent arrives. So they can count down the weeks until CHRISTmas day with their own handmade wreath.
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. A tradition is that each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Savior. Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to CHRISTmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead.
The season of Advent is such a special time and I am thankful that our family celebrates the true meaning of Christmas by doing several fun and meaningful Advent activities to prepare for the day when we can sing "Happy Birthday to Jesus!"
Don't forget to check out the 5 links below of how other Catholic Moms are preparing for the celebration of Christ's birth during Advent 2011:
Laurie @ Catholic Baby Steps
Tiffany @ Family at the Foot of the Cross
Gardenia @ My Little Flower
What a wonderful post, Tracy! I loved taking a peek into your Advent celebrations:) I picked up Jotham's Journey last year so look forward to reading it this year. I love how you do a special Advent tree with the purple ornaments! I forgot about your family fun buckets...I'll have to print out my list you sent me last year:) And that book about What God Wants for Christmas...hadn't heard about that one and it sounds wonderful. I'll be sure to check it out. Thank you for all of your sharing:)
I love your idea of reading Jotham's Journey and reading it by candle light each night. And then when you mentioned how the room because brighter each week with another candle lit? Well, that gave me goosebumps!
Did you post about your Advent tree last year with the purple balls? I think that is such a lovely idea.
I know that my children would really enjoy the family fun bucket. We may not be able to each day or each night, but it would definitely be used up.
Your children's Advent wreath art project was adorable!
Thanks for sharing so much, Tracy! May you and your family be filled with peace and anticipation this Advent season!
I feel like I got a real peek in to your home during advent!
I love the advent tree. I have never seen one like it before. I would love to pull it together to put one up this year.
I also love the interactive nativity book. That will make an awesome gift for my grandchildren.
Thank you so much!
WOW What great ways to celebrate our Savior's Birth and this awesome time of year!
We make our advent wreaths at church it's a family fellowship time and we love it!
Love your idea of the wrapping of the books! I might have to dig all mine out and see if we have enough to do that!
I saw this great idea at Gardenia's blog and then at Patty's. I couldn't help but come an visit the other ones!! I loved your Advent wreath, it is o cute!! If you want to, you are more than welcome to link at my Advent Link Up party here:
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