- A sacrifice manger. For every sacrifice, good deed, or virtuous act, the children put a piece of twine in the manger making it as soft as they can for the newborn King. On Christmas morning they place baby Jesus in the manger they prepared for him.
- An Advent wreath. Read the Psalm or Gospel of the day after lighting the candles. We enjoy singing the refrain of "Come O Come Emmanuel" every night before dinner.
- A Jesse Tree. Explain and discuss the readings and our story of Salvation history.
- Set up the manger without baby Jesus in it. Place the wise men in various places in the house and have the children search for them each morning.
- As a family make cards or write letters to mail to someone who may be sick, lonely, or elderly.
- Have the children write letters to baby Jesus.
- Read Christmas stories with moral themes that can be discussed as a family.
- Visit a nursing home and sing a few Christmas carols for the residents; it never fails to put a smile on their faces.
- Make cookies and candy to give to the neighbors -- even the ones you may not know. Attach a Christmas card with it that reflects the true meaning of the season.
- Model generosity by buying gifts or sending money to a family in need. Take ornaments off of the giving tree at church and allow your children to help pick out the gifts.
- Add more prayer. Perhaps a decade of the Rosary before bed or the Angelus before dinner.
- Partake in the St. Andrew Novena.
- Celebrate the beautiful Feast Days and Solemnities during the Advent season.
- Make a sacrifice. Decide as a family to give up something as a small penitential fast.
Copyright 2018 Cassie Everts
About the Author
Cassie Everts is a wife, the mother to five little ones in heaven and five children on earth. She is the co-author of Nursery of Heaven: Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss in the Lives of the Saints and Today's Parents. She blogs at Everyday Ann where she writes about faith, marriage, motherhood, infertility and adoption. Before becoming a full-time mom, she was a producer at Relevant Radio.