Advent Resources for Your Family
FREE Catholic Classes
By Lisa M. Hendey
You may have noticed Christmas decorations popping up in local discount stores, a precursor to the upcoming holiday season. For Catholic families, now is the time to be making preparations to celebrate Advent in our homes. Countless Advent traditions abound giving families the opportunity to choose and personalize a few favorites. Catholic publisher Pauline Books and Media, the publishing arm of the Daughters of St. Paul, makes engaging in time-honored Advent traditions more simple and accessible with their release of family friendly Advent products.
Jesse Tree - The symbol of the Jesse Tree sprouts from the prophesies of Isaiah. Traditionally, a tree branch is decorated with decorative ornaments symbolic of the "spiritual heritage" of Jesus. Pauline's Jesse Tree Kit by Lynn M. Simms and Betsy Walter makes creating a Jesse Tree in your home or classroom fun and simple. The kit contains an overview of the history and traditions of the Jesse Tree, pre-drawn ornaments to be colored, accompanying scripture verses for each ornament, an Advent prayer service guide and more. Whether you choose to decorate an actual tree, or to use the oversized tree posted contained in the kit, your children will enjoy watching scripture come to life as they create their tree throughout the Advent season. The Jesse Tree Kit perfect for children ages six through twelve and retails for $10.95. For more information or to order the Jesse Tree Kit, visit http://www.catholicmom.catholiccompany.com/product_detail.cfm?ID=3717.
Nativity Scene - Family Nativity scenes are typically "hands off" for young children as they may be breakable heirlooms. This year, help your children to create their own Nativity scene keepsakes with the aid of Make Your Own Nativity Scene by Clare Beaton. This all in one book contains fifteen adorably illustrated nativity figures to be colored and cut out. A six page recounting of Jesus' nativity introduces young readers to the characters of the Nativity and a glossary highlights special words in the story. The book's heavy cover transforms into a stable which will serve as home to your child's Nativity scene creations. Additional craft ideas are included. In my home, we display several Nativity scenes, but my most favorite are those hand-made by my children during their younger days. Beaton's Make Your Own Nativity Scene will help your children to bring their own hearts to the creation of your family's holiday decorations. The kit is designed for children ages six to ten and retails for $10.95. For more information or to order Make Your Own Nativity Scene visit http://www.catholicmom.catholiccompany.com/product_detail.cfm?ID=11811.
Feast of Saint Nicholas - On December 6, many Catholic families celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas, whom many credit with being the originator of gift-giving during the Christmas season. In some homes, shoes are left by the door and filled with small trinkets or treats. But who was the real "St. Nick" who has been transformed commercially by today's retailers? In Saint Nicholas: The Story of the Real Santa Claus author Mary Joslin retells the story of the beloved Bishop of Myra. Illustrations by Helen Cann make this book a true work of art that will become a family holiday favorite. Sharing the true story of St. Nicholas and the loving generosity behind his gift giving will help your children understand and embrace the importance of sharing with others during the Christmas season. School aged children will treasure this book, which retails for $14.95. For more information or to order Saint Nicholas: The Story of the Real Santa Claus visit http://www.catholicmom.catholiccompany.com/product_detail.cfm?ID=11813.
Lisa M. Hendey is a mother of two sons, webmaster of numerous web sites, including http://www.catholicmom.com and http://www.christiancoloring.com. Visit her at http://www.lisahendey.com for more information.
http://www.catholicmom.com CA, US
Lisa M. Hendey - webmaster, 559 5551212
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,717
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Help Now >
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything
St. Jude Thaddaeus
Mysteries of the Rosary
Saint of the Day for Thursday, Oct 28th, 2021
Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Prayer of the Day for Thursday, Oct 28
Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony
Saints A to Z: A
7 Morning Prayers you need to get your day started with God
Female / Women Saints
- Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony
- The Angelus
- Prayer for the Dead
- Morning Prayer
- The Apostles' Creed
Copyright 2021 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2021 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.