Teach your young friends about Jesus at a birthday party in his honor! You can do this as a Christmas or Epiphany activity. We had our high school students plan and run the party for their young siblings, nieces, nephews, and neighbors.
The Yes No game is a fun activity for your youth group or youth ministry meeting. It can be tied in with teaching by reminding us that we need to say "Yes" to God. It also works well with a meeting focused on our Blessed Mother, whose "Fiat" ("let it be done") in answer to the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation was an affirmation in her complete trust in the Lord.
On the feast day of the Holy Innocents, bless your children with a traditional Jewish blessing. Trace the sign of the cross on your child's forehead when you say the blessing.
December 26 is the feast day of St. Stephen, the first martyr. One of his roles in the early Church was to help the Greek widows. Make donations on his feast day.
The "O Antiphons" are part of the evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours for December 17 to December 23. In them, Old Testament imagery is used to proclaim the coming of the Christ child. Incorporate them into your family prayer this advent.
A recent article in America Magazine explains that while the Church does a pretty good job at marriage prep, it is falling short at preparing expectant parents for their role as the first teachers of their children in the ways of the Catholic faith. The article suggest that the Church offer its own version of childbirth education, providing support and resources for parents to be. It calls this a pre-Bethlehem companion to the current pre-Cana classes.
One way to introduce St. John of the Cross and his beautiful poetry to very young children is to accompany it with a few mining activities.
This prayer is attributed to St. John Paul II. He had a great devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. He first prayed this prayer in 1979 when visiting her basilica in Mexico.
December 13 is the feast day of St. Lucy (or St. Lucia). In Sweden, her feast day is marked with celebrations. Young girls dress up as St. Lucy and these traditional St. Lucia rolls are made. So here is the recipe.
Purgatory can be a topic of confusion for our young Catholics. If God forgives our sins, why do Catholics believe in Purgatory? The short answer is that our sins are like breaking a window. God forgives us for doing that, but the effect is still there. The window is still broken. Purgatory is where that effect is "fixed up".