SummaryUpdated for 2020 – Mary Ellen Barrett shares 200 ideas, crafts, and activities for your Advent calendar with books and activities for saint and feast days!
- The Advent Activities Calendar
- Four Steps for Enriching Advent
- 1. Getting Started
- 2. Adding Other Observances
- 3. Recipes
- 4. Books and More Books
- Your Advent Activities Calendar Part One: Getting Started
- Part Two: Adding Other Observances
- Chapter Books to consider for family read-aloud
- Ember Days – December 16, 18, 19
- Non-liturgical activities to fill in your calendar.
- Part Three: Recipes
- Part Four: Books and More Books
- For the Christmas Season:
These traditions, recipes, and faith activities have brought joy and wonderful memories to my home for over twenty-five years.
I pray they help in your family’s Advent observance. – Mary Ellen Barrett
The Advent Activities for Catholic Homeschoolers was prompted by a request from the Seton Home Study School’s magazine staff.
They asked if I would expand on an Advent Calendar article I wrote in 2018 by adding more ideas and items for family activities. I was thrilled! I’ve wanted to create something like this forever.
This collection of traditions, ideas, recipes, and faith activities has brought joy and wonderful memories to my home for over twenty-five years. I hope your family is touched in a similar way.
My days for these kinds of activities are waning since I now have more older children than younger ones. But it warms my heart to think of many of our Seton families carrying on these little traditions in their own homes.
And what makes it even sweeter is that they will be putting their own touches on them and making their own treasured memories.
I put together pointers for you on getting started, observances and crafts that have become family traditions, and some kid-friendly recipes. There are also dozens of read-a-loud and other books, a list that has grown over the years that I’m happy to share with you.
If you read the original article, you know that making the handcrafted Advent Calendar is a great way to keep your children in the spirit of Advent and prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. It also helps your younger kids count down the days. This moderates their expectations and keeps the excitement of the season at a manageable level. Little people are so apt to get too excited and that can lead to meltdowns.
It makes for a much more peaceful and enjoyable season if we can prep a little ahead of time too. I think your handcrafted Advent Calendar will help you do that! After all, Advent is about preparation.
I hope these ideas help in your family’s Advent observance, and I would love to see photos of how you have used it!
Mary Ellen Barrett
P.S. In light of COVID, since a few of the activities mention gatherings, please observe current regulations. Stay well.
The Advent Activities Calendar
Counting down the days of Advent can be difficult for small children. There is so much excitement involved: feast days, presents, food, and family. It’s all very exciting but can create a lot of anxiety. I’ve used a few methods over the years to combat this anxious anticipation.
Paper chains, purchased Advent calendars, and the Jesse tree have all made appearances in my home with varying degrees of success, but nothing has worked so well as my Advent activity calendar. A large piece of poster board, a package of library pockets, a glue stick, stickers, and a marker are all that is needed. This worked for me particularly well since I’m not really crafty and I don’t have a lot of time to fuss with things.
I ordered the library pockets online (they came in a package of 100 and were about $10 so I split it with a friend) and used the glue stick to attach twenty-five of them to the poster board. I date each pocket and decorate it with stickers. Most years I use purple with pink accents, but this year, I couldn’t find any, so this has more of a Christmas feel than Advent. However, it’s important not to get caught up in details like that.
The real purpose here is to gently impart faith-based traditions and have a holy and peaceful Advent with your family. The colors don’t matter. It is important to recognize that each year is different and has its own particular flavor.
Each week, I evaluate what our week is going to look like, and, depending on the activity level, I write out an activity on an index card and stick it in the dated pockets. Some days, it’s as simple as baking cookies and delivering them to neighbors.
Other days, it’s praying a rosary or going to confession and stopping for hot cocoa on the way home. As you read on, you will find about 200 more crafts and ideas for your Advent celebration. You have many years ahead to plan new things to do and no one year should be too jam-packed with activities. This makes for overstimulated children and stressed-out moms. Go easy and enjoy this time, it is truly precious.
Four Steps for Enriching Advent
1. Getting Started
Part One gives you a foundation for your Advent Activities Calendar. Details about the calendar are on page six. You’ll want to customize your calendar for your family but these ideas will get your creative juices flowing.
To help you get started, I’ve chosen 14 days to give you a guide for filling out your calendar. For each of these 14 days, I have listed what the Barretts have done over the years of Advent.
Remember, it’s important to not stress out. This is not a to-do list, just ideas to provide some structure.
2. Adding Other Observances
Part Two – Other observances include the St. Andrew Novena, a wonderful way to begin Advent and carry us through our Advent journey.
We’ll also learn about Ember Days, three days of abstinence, and penance in thanksgiving to God for the gifts of nature. Included are accompanying activities for you to consider.
You’ll also find a number of crafts geared for small children, including making spoon saints and an Advent Prayer Chain.
To fill in your calendar, there are over two dozen non-liturgical activities to enjoy with family and friends. For instance, what about visiting that local shrine or historical site that you’ve meant to do forever?
Part Three – I picked six recipes that have places of honor on our family’s Advent Calendar.
- Speculaas Cookies are associated with St. Nicholas Day on December 6th.
- Medevnyk-Ukrainian Honey Cake for St. Ambrose’s feast day on December 7th.
- Pomegranate Goat Cheese Salad for Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception’s feast day on December 8th.
- Biscochitos or Mexican Christmas Cookies to honor St. Juan Diego on December 9th or Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th.
- Lussekatter or St. Lucy Buns for St. Lucy’s feast day on December 13th.
- Candy Cane Coffee Cake honoring the Birth of Jesus on December 25th.
We cherish the memories of our kids making and serving these easy-to-prepare treats. I think you will too.
4. Books and More Books
Part Four is a list of many armloads of Advent-themed books that our family has read and loved. There are a few special Christmas books at the end of the list too.
Keep in mind, I’ve been homeschooling a long time so my collection is large, but we still use the library for many of these titles. Put your requests in early!
Your Advent Activities Calendar
Part One: Getting Started
First Sunday of Advent
- Set up the Advent wreaths.
- Set up the crib with a basket of hay beside it for sacrifices and good deeds.
- Set up the Jesse Tree (jewelry tree, small artificial tree).
- Pull out the Advent reading basket.
- Prepare a special family dinner and enjoy it by candlelight.
December 3rd – St. Francis Xavier
- Watch the CCC Video St. Francis and the Samurai’s Lost Treasure with the family.
- Make origami stars to hang in the window.
- Make sushi for dinner.
- Enjoy teriyaki for dinner.
December 4th – St. Barbara
(begin a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe)
- Make graham cracker houses (patroness of architects).
- Barbara’s Branch – bring a flowering branch inside to put in a vase (cut an x in the bottom); it should flower by Christmas. Use the blooms to decorate the manger.
- Write letters to the child Jesus in heaven and leave for St. Nick to deliver.
- Put out shoes for the feast of St. Nicholas.
- Bake speculaas cookies.
December 6th – St. Nicholas
- Watch the CCC Video Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa.
- Deliver the speculaas cookies to neighbors.
- Read The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale (young kids).
- Read St. Nicholas by Demi (older kids).
- Make St. Nick ornament (https://bit.ly/345Xq1d)
- Color a St. Nick picture.
December 8th – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- Go to Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
- Make blueberry muffins for breakfast.
- Read Mary, Mother of Jesus by Tomie DePaola.
- Bake cinnamon bread (legend tells us that Our Lady gave forth a sweet smell like cinnamon and aromatic balm).
- Create Our Lady’s Parfaits (layered blue jello and whipped cream in clear glasses).
- Watch the CCC video Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes with the family.
- Make a cupcake rosary (invite friends to share, ask them to wear blue and white).
- Listen to the Glory Stories: St. Bernadette.
- Watch The Song of Bernadette with your family.
December 9th – St. Juan Diego
- Make a tilma out of a brown paper bag.
- Watch the video about the Basilica (https://bit.ly/2qvYFIz)
- Read Our Lady of Guadalupe by Tomie DePaola.
- Make tacos for dinner.
- Watch the CCC Video Juan Diego: Messenger of Guadalupe with the family.
- In honor of the Patroness of the Unborn, shop for a baby gift and deliver it to your local pregnancy center.
- Set up an Our Lady of Guadalupe statue, light a candle, and pray for the unborn.
- Listen to the Glory Stories of St. Juan Diego.
December 10th – Our Lady Queen of the Angels (historic)
- Make paper plate angels.
- Make angel sugar cookies/angel food cake with blueberry sauce.
- Watch the CCC Video My Secret Friend: A Guardian Angel Story.
December 12th – Our Lady of Guadalupe
- Make Mexican hot chocolate.
- Put roses near a statue of Our Lady.
- Make tissue paper roses.
- Make Mexican Christmas cookies, serve with hot cocoa.
- Invite friends for a pinata party, begin with a Hail Mary in Spanish.
- Listen to the Glory Stories of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
December 13th – St. Lucy
- All meals to be eaten by candlelight.
- White nightgowns for the youngest girl, a wreath on her head serving coffee, and cake for breakfast.
- Plant wheat seed or wheatgrass seed in a small pot with soil and water and tend. It should sprout by Christmas. Use it as a centerpiece.
This symbolizes the Bread of Life to come.
- Read Hanna’s Christmas by Melissa Peterson.
- Read Lucia Child of Light by Florence Ekstrand.
- Read Lucia Morning in Sweden by Ewa Rydaker.
- Bake Lussekatter (Lucia buns).
- Make star ornaments for the tree.
December 16th – (Begin novena to the Holy Infant Jesus)
- Las Posadas begins, read The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie DePaola.
- Set up the Nativity set.
- Use the Baby Jesus in a Manger or Mary and Joseph from your Nativity set to walk around the house looking for a place to stay.
December 17th – O Antiphons begin, ends December 23
- O Sapientia (Wisdom).
- Make O Antiphons ornaments (https://michelequigley.com/blog/the-jesse-tree/)
- Place the appropriate ornament on the tree each day while reciting.
December 22nd – Traditional Day of penance and fasting
- Gather the family and read A Little Book about Confession for Children.
- Go to confession.
- Have a simple soup supper.
December 24rd – The Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
- After midnight enthrone the Infant Jesus in the bed of hay made by sacrifices and good deeds.
- Light the Christ Candle in the Advent wreath.
- Light candles around the Nativity set.
- Read Luke 2:10-14.
- Look at the night sky, imagine what it was like that night when the angels appeared to the shepherds, and heaven and nature sang.
- Watch The Little Drummer Boy.
Part Two: Adding Other Observances
St. Andrew Novena begins on November 30th and is said fifteen times a day until Christmas Day. Pray five times at breakfast, five at lunch, and five at dinner.
St. Andrew’s Novena:
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
at which the Son of God was born
of a most pure Virgin at a stable at midnight
in Bethlehem in the piercing cold.
At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,
to hear my prayers and grant my desires.
(Mention your intentions here)
Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother.
Chapter Books to consider for family read-aloud
Jotham’s Journey, by Arnold Ytreeide (intense for young children)
Destination Bethlehem, by Sharon R. Altman
All Creation Waits, by Gail Boss (fits in with nature themes and Ember Days)
Ember Days – December 16, 18, 19
These days are meant to be a time of abstinence and penance in thanksgiving to God for the gift of His creation. We are also meant to pray for the restraint to use His gifts wisely and with concern.
The fasts, known also as “four-season fasts” are a continuation of the practice of quarterly fasting in the Old Testament. Traditionally in the Ember Days, we thank God for the gifts of nature and the natural world.
Activities to consider:
- Make bird feeders with pinecones and either peanut butter or honey. Spread the sticky stuff on a pinecone and dip it in birdseed or sunflower seeds. Tie some twine
in a loop around the cone and hang them in your bushes and trees.
- Hollow out oranges and fill the “shells” with birdseed. Punch three holes evenly spaced around and string twine through, tying at the top. Hang.
- String popcorn around the trees for the squirrels and birds.
- Buy a special treat for your pet.
- Take a nature walk and observe how different the world is in winter. Have the kids sketch what they see.
- Feed the ducks at the park.
- Find a living nativity to visit.
- Read St. Francis Celebrates Christmas by Mary Caswell Walsh.
Crafts (mostly for small children)
- Make spoon saints – Use wooden ice cream spoons from the craft store and draw faces on them with markers. Then decorate to resemble saints.
- Advent Prayer Chain – Cut construction paper into three strips lengthwise. Cut one strip of pink, one of yellow or gold, and 20
of purple. Write a prayer intention on each strip. Loop the strips together in a paper chain, purple for weekdays, pink for Gaudete Sunday, and gold for Christmas day. Each day tear off a loop and pray for the intention.
- Make star ornaments with twigs or popsicle sticks. Paint and decorate.
- Make tissue paper roses or poinsettias.
- Decorate paper Christmas trees with pom-poms, glitter, paint, etc. Mail to family far away.
- Glue scraps of purple tissue paper to three votive holders and pink to another. Put battery-powered tea lights in each and set on some greenery. It’s the young child’s Advent wreath.
- Paint a peg doll Nativity scene.
- Make pretty tags with the poem below, attach to candy canes, and give out to friends. Post the poem wherever candy canes are hung.
Non-liturgical activities to fill in your calendar.
- Set out a Christmas-themed puzzle for the whole family to put together.
- See a local production of The Nutcracker.
- Watch one Christmas movie per week (It’s A Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, A Christmas Story), have popcorn and hot cocoa.
- Make Christmas greeting cards and mail them to armed forces serving overseas, your local police precinct, or firehouse. Thank them for their service.
- Gather some friends and practice a few Christmas hymns and secular songs.
- Visit a local nursing home and sing in the hallways (call first).
- Read Charles Dickens‘ A Christmas Carol together as a family.
- Read/memorize the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
- Watch some Bass and Rankin Christmas specials (Rudolf, Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey, etc.).
- Collect all of the greeting cards you receive and put them in a basket. Throughout the year, as a family, pray for all of the senders.
- Babysit for young families so the parents can get out to shop and prepare.
- Attend a parish Christmas concert or Nativity play.
- Build Christmas scenes with Legos or blocks.
- Visit a local shrine or historic site.
- Make paper chains to hang around the house. Make a few for friends and relatives.
- On Christmas Eve, deliver a basket of muffins and jams to neighbors for their Christmas morning.
- Watch Take Peace: A Corgi Cottage Christmas (Tasha Tudor).
- Add mulling spices to apple cider and serve warm.
- Paint peg doll angels. Make wings from paper doilies.
- Celebrate the winter solstice on December 21 by setting a small tree in your backyard and adding bird-friendly treats.
- Watch What Time The Sun Sets.
- Have a solstice bonfire.
- Decorate sugar cookies.
- Take a ride around town to see the Christmas lights.
- Visit Santa Claus.
- Plant amaryllis bulbs.
- Take a trip to a local nursery to pick out some poinsettias.
- Have an eggnog tasting. Pick your favorite.
- Make a dried fruit garland. Dry apples, oranges, grapefruit in a low (200F) oven for 6-8 hours. String on twine and drape around the windows.
Part Three: Recipes
St. Nicholas Feastday is December 6th
Mix in order:
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs whole
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 4 cups flour
- 4 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. allspice
- 2 tsp. nutmeg
- 2 tsp. ginger
- 2 tsp. cloves
Turn out onto a floured board. Knead in about one cup additional flour or as much as you need until dough is no longer sticky and is easy to handle.
Put into a plastic bag and refrigerate until chilled and stiff. Then you are ready to roll out and cut the cookies. Cut off a manageable piece and keep the rest of the dough cool until you are ready for more.
For the larger, hand-decorated St. Nicholas cookies, roll the dough to about ¼ inch thickness. Cut out your cookies around paper patterns. Place on a greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350º F. until golden brown. These keep forever in tins in the freezer or for two-three weeks on the shelf.
Medevnyk, Ukrainian Honey Cake
St. Ambrose’s Feastday is December 7th
The traditional feast day of St. Ambrose falls on December 7th. St. Ambrose was known as the honey-tongued doctor, which was both a pun about his name (in Latin ambrosia means honey) and because his preaching was said to be as sweet as flowing honey. St. Ambrose is patron of beekeepers, and candlemakers so in his honor, have a piece of this delicious Ukrainian honey cake by candlelight. St. Ambrose, pray for us!
- 1 cup honey (preferably buckwheat honey)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or currants
- 1/2 cup dates (chopped)
- 1 cup walnuts (chopped or nuts of choice like almonds or pecans)
- 3 cups cake flour (divided)
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 stick softened butter
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 4 large eggs (room temperature and separated)
- 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
Heat oven to 300 F. Lightly coat two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
In a saucepan, heat the honey, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.
In a medium bowl, combine raisins, currants, dates, nuts of choice, and 2 tablespoons of the flour. Mix well and set aside.
In a separate medium bowl, sift remaining flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream butter, and brown sugar.
Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Mix in the lukewarm honey mixture.
Add flour and coffee alternately until well mixed.
Stir in the fruit-nut mixture.
Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and then fold gently into the batter.
Bake about for 1 1/2 hours or until toothpick tests clean.
Pomegranate Goat Cheese Salad
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception’s Feastday is December 8th
The pomegranate is an emblem for Our Lady, for fruitfulness and unity with the Will of God, because the seeds are so close to one another. There are many masterpiece paintings depicting Our Lady holding a pomegranate, the most famous being Madonna of the Pomegranate by Sandro Botticelli painted in 1497. Enjoy this salad in Our Lady’s honor on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. orange juice
- 3/4 tsp. coarse salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 3 oranges peel and pith removed, sliced into rounds.
- One large container of arugula (spinach is a good substitute)
- 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 5.5-ounce package soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
Whisk first 5 ingredients in a bowl to blend.
Cut each orange round into quarters. Transfer orange pieces to a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat and serve.
Biscochitos (Mexican Christmas Cookies)
St. Juan Diego’s Feastday is December 9th, and Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feastday is December 12th
- 1 cup lard or shortening
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp. red wine, brandy or sherry (or substitute orange juice)
- 1 tsp. crushed anise seed
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
- 1/2 cup sugar mixed w/ 1 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350º
Beat lard/shortening until light and fluffy. Mix in the 2/3 cup sugar, then the egg. Beat in 2 Tbsp wine/sherry and anise seed. Stir in flour (and salt baking powder if using), adding more wine as needed to form a soft dough. Let stand for 10 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes as desired (fleur-de-lis is a common shape). Dip the top side of each cookie in the cinnamon-sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly browned.
Lussekatter (St. Lucy Buns)
St. Lucy’s Feastday is December 13th
- 3/4 stick butter
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp. saffron threads, crushed
- 2 packages dry active yeast
- 1 pinch salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, well-beaten
- 7-8 cups flour
- raisins to decorate
Mix flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in a bowl.
Melt the butter. Add milk and cool it to room temp or slightly warmer (about 100º F). Add saffron to the warm milk. It should turn a golden yellow.
Mix it into flour and add the eggs, mix well with a wooden spoon, cover and let the mixture rest
for 1 1/2 hour.
Heat oven to 475º. Cover the baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Take the dough from bowl to lightly flour-dusted table, knead some. It will be sticky, use flour sparingly. Cut dough in half, then cut each half into four pieces, then four pieces again.
Work with the dough bits. Shape each bun to a curly “S.” Decorate with raisins. Have them rest under the towel for about fifteen minutes.
Egg wash the buns.
Bake high in the oven for about eight minutes until golden but not brown.
Remove the buns and let them cool under a towel. Then, keep them in a plastic bag or freeze as soon as possible as they dry out quickly. Yields about 30 buns.
Candy Cane Coffee Cake
According to legend, years ago a candy maker wanted to make a candy to honor the birth of Jesus.
It needed to be a hard candy to represent Jesus as the Rock of Ages and shaped in a “J” to honor the Holy Name of Our Lord. The letter’s shape also represented Him as a good shepherd as, when upside down, the J is a shepherd’s crook.
The candy was colored white to signify the purity of the Incarnation with a stripe of red added to represent the Precious Blood that was shed for our sins.
Finally, the candy was flavored peppermint, a flavor similar to hyssop which was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice. This is to remind us that Jesus came as a living sacrifice and died for our sins. Remember, whenever you see a candy cane the message of that long-ago candy maker: Jesus Christ is our Savior!
- 2 cups sour cream
- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
- 5-1/4 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) finely chopped dried cranberries
- 1-1/2 cups cherry pie filling or finely chopped maraschino cherries (drained)
- 2 tbsp. butter, melted
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tbsp. water
In a saucepan, heat sour cream until lukewarm. Set aside. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sour cream, softened butter, sugar, salt, eggs and 2 cups flour. With an electric mixer, beat until smooth. Stir in just enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Part Four: Books and More Books
Mary, Mother of Jesus, DePaola
Country Angel Christmas, DePaola
The Lady of Guadalupe, DePaola
The Legend of the Poinsettia, DePaola
The Legend of Old Befana, DePaola
Strega Nona’s Christmas, DePaola
The Night of Los Posadas, DePaola
The Legend of Saint Nicholas, Demi
Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins, Forest
The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale, Shepard
Nicholas of Myra: Giver of Many Gifts, Yoffie
The Miracle of St. Nicholas, Whelan
Lucia: Saint of Light, Hyde
Lucia Morning in Sweden, Rydaker
Lucy, A Light for Jesus, Yoffie
The Night Before Christmas, Edited by Spirin
The Night Before Christmas, Edited by Brett
The Story of Holly and Ivy, Godden
The Christmas Baby, Bauer
Home for Christmas, Brett
Gingerbread Baby, Brett
Christmas in the Trenches, McCutheon
The Usborne Advent Nativity Book
The Gift of Christmas, Leeson
Who is Coming to Our House, Slate
The Stable Where Jesus Was Born, Greene
The First Night, Hennessy
Santa and the Christ Child, Bakewell
The Legend of the Candy Cane, Walburg
The Usborne Book of Christmas Poems
The Nativity (pop-up book), Crespi
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Wojciechowski
Jotham’s Journey, Ytreeide
The Legend of the Christmas Rose, Hooks
Room for a Little One, Waddel
Francis and the Nativity, McCullough
Destination Bethlehem, Altman
Stable in Bethlehem, Hulme
Live Advent at Home: Daily Prayers and Activities for Families, Mathson
The Story of Christmas told from the Gospels, illustrated by Jane R.
The Christmas Story, Sabuda
The Christmas Candle, Collins
Letters from Father Christmas, Tolkien
The Story of Christmas, French
Hanna’s Christmas, Peterson
The Shortest Day, Pfeffer
Angela and the Baby Jesus, McCourt
For the Christmas Season:
We Three Kings, Spirin
The Last Straw, Thury
Twelve Days of Christmas, Long
The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Story Behind the Song, Haidle
I’ll have more crafts, activities, and books for you in the coming weeks.
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