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.
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.
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 simple Ten Commandments activity will help children who already have some knowledge of the Ten Commandments learn how to order them correctly.
Children of all ages can learn more about St. Isaac Jogues by participating in activities described in the Footsteps of the American Saints program.
God made a beautiful world for us and we should enjoy it together even when it is cold! So do something outdoors as a family. Some ideas require snow, but others do not. After the activity, talk about how God has provided the outdoors for us as our own playground. And he has provided so many other things for us also, including the gift of Jesus!
Your kids might have made a list of some things they'd like to receive for Christmas. So for today's advent activity, encourage them to make a list of all the things they already have which they are thankful for.
So spend a little time looking at the lights. Go see a large Christmas light display somewhere or just drive around your neighborhood and see how beautiful it looks. After you see some great displays, remind your family what the Bible says in John 8:12 - "When Jesus spoke to the people again, he said: I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the light of life."
It is time to start thinking about Christmas gifts for the kids' teachers. In addition to gift cards, the kids make small homemade gifts for them also.
Today's activity from Young Catholics is a printable puzzle of the Ten Commandments. A key is also provided, in case you are not an expert in cryptography. :-)