It’s still a week and a half away, so this may well be a record for me, but with Thanksgiving coming next week, it seemed like the perfect idea to get the 10 Activities for Catholic Families in December printable up ahead of time. As a serial procrastinator, this is a very big deal for me!
All of the excitement of Advent and Christmas, as well as the start of a new liturgical year, makes December a perfect time to weave in some faith formation activities into your month.
Since I started making these printables last year at this time, that means that you can also print out last year’s December activities printable, if you prefer, or in addition to this one. Another printable to consider grabbing is the recently published 10 Ways to Get Your Family Ready for Christmas Printable. I just shared that one earlier this week, and it’s great for both non-Catholics and Catholics. Score! There is some overlap in the activities on the three sheets, so why not print out all three and pick your favorite activities from each?
As always, many of these activities would even be great to do with non-Catholic families. So, pick and choose what works for you. And, remember, you can always cut off the title after you print it out if it doesn’t apply to your family or you can just print out the sheet and cut out the specific activities you would like to do.
Activities on the 2013 Edition of 10 Activities for Catholic Families in December
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1. If there is one within traveling distance, visit a Living Nativity. If this is not possible, set up your family’s Nativity scene and have a discussion about what the sights, sounds, and even smells may have been.
2. Pray for missionaries all over the world who are spreading God’s Word. Optional: To extend this activity, see what your family can do to help those doing a mission. (St. Francis Xavier’s Feast Day is Dec 3rd.)
3. Brainstorm with your family things you can do to live more like the Holy Family. Plan to do at least one by the following week. (Feast of the Holy Family – 1st Sunday after Christmas)
4. Fill your children’s shoes with small gifts or wrapped candies while they’re asleep to celebrate St. Nicholas’ feast day. (Dec 6th)
6. Choose an activity that will help babies, such as donating to a crisis pregnancy center, praying for babies in danger, or even just spending time with a special baby in your lives. (Feast of the Holy Innocents is Dec 28th)
7. Wait to add Jesus to your Nativity scene until Christmas.
8. Have a Mexican themed dinner with roses as decorations to celebrate the feast days of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego (Dec. 12th / Dec. 9th). If you prefer to add some craftiness, as well as skip out on expensive roses, you can try this cool paper rose cutout craft (complete with a free printable).
9. Attend Mass on Christmas Day (Dec 25th) and Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8th) – Both are Holy Days of Obligation.
10. Plan to give a gift (or three!) to Jesus this year to celebrate His birthday. Jesus taught us that when we help those in need, we are helping Him. Find a way to give a Christmas gift to someone who is particularly in need this year.
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If you’re looking for past month’s printables, you can find some of them still at Catholic Mothers Online (though I will eventually move them here for ease), and then since this summer they’ve been here at Many Little Blessings.
(If you are having clarity issues with the printable, please right click on the image and choose “Save Link As” and download the document to your computer. Then, open it from your computer, rather than through your web browser’s PDF plugin, which can sometimes cause some blurriness or other issues. Actual printable page is much sharper than it appears in the thumbnail above. Printables are often much clearer when viewed on Google Chrome. I often have trouble with them on Mozilla Firefox.)