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25 days to Christmas

Advent is a season of special grace.  It is a time of purposeful waiting. God desires to come to us in a deeper way.  Just like the quiet stable that holy night, 2,000 years ago, we can humble ourselves and open the doors of our hearts to receive Him!

Just as shepherds and kings celebrated Jesus' coming, we are called to also spend Advent with our family, friends and even the lost and the lonely outside our circles.

As the days of Advent come, one by one, let us try to do the tasks for each day.  May you be blessed and enriched abundantly!

Quick note: Our references for all of the materials can be found below the page.

Even before Advent starts...
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Let's start with a clean slate.  Let's repair any wrongs we have done and get right with God.


Let's also get started by making what we need for Christmas!



ADVENT CALENDAR

We made a printable Advent calendar for downloading with all the tasks in bite size pieces (as it wouldn't all fit in).  Bookmark this page “Press Ctrl + D”to see the more detailed calendar.

Black ink Calendar

Size 11 x 16 inches
6.3 MB

Full Color Calendar  

Size 11 x 16 inches
15.6 MB


ADVENT WREATHE 

The Advent Wreathe is rich with meaning.  These serve a purpose in our waiting. Here are some ideas on how to make your very own.

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JESSE TREE

This ages-old Christian tradition walks us through the ancestry story of Jesus.  From the tree of Adam and Eve, that caused man's downfall, the story ends with the tree of Jesus that caused our victory over sin and death!

We have provided you a kit to use for your family.

READ MORE


 

December

Click on the dates below  to see grace-filled,
inspiring things to do for the day.


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Advent Calendar

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1st Day of Advent

Say a prayer of gratitude for Advent and for Jesus' coming to us at Christmas and start using your Jesse Tree!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR JESSE TREE

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Read Genesis 1
The Story of Creation
(Symbol: World)

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The 1st Sunday of Advent
ADVENT WREATHE

Week 1 Theme: Hope

LIGHT A VIOLET CANDLE ON YOUR ADVENT WREATH TODAY.

Say this prayer:

All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.  AMEN.


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Read Genesis 2:4 - 3:24
The Story of Adam and Eve
(Symbol: Tree in the Garden)




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Say a prayer

... for those who feel alone during this time - that they experience peace & find joy in all things.


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Read Genesis 6:9- 9:17
The Story of Noah and the Flood
(Symbol: Rainbow)

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adventLet's spread kindness. 

Do a Random Act of Kindness (for example, pay for someone else’s toll fee on the highway) today.

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Read Genesis 12:1-7 and 15:1-6
The Story of God's Promise to Abraham
(Symbol: Tent)

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Today is International Volunteer Day! 

The spirit of Christmas is giving.  Share what you have, no matter how little with someone in need today.

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Read Genesis 22:1-18
The Story of Isaac
(Symbol: Mountain)

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Read about St. Nicholas

(where Santa Claus comes from) on his feast day today.  Let's reflect on how we can be a source of joy to others.

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Read Genesis 28:10-19
The Story of Jacob
(Symbol: Ladder)

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Make a manger scene

It's time to display your nativity set!  Don't forget to put an empty manger crib as part of growing in anticipation for the coming of Jesus.

If you wish to make your own, check out what artist Calej made.


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Read Genesis 37 and 50
The Story of Joseph's Coat
(Symbol: Colorful Coat)

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Have a family reunion! 

Have each household give a present-ation for more festive fun!  Time with our loved ones is a priceless gift.


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Read Exodus 2:1 - 4:20
The Story of the Moses
(Symbol: Burning Bush)

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The 2nd Sunday of Advent

Let us ask God to draw our hearts closer to Himself in a special way during this week.

ADVENT WREATHE

Week 2 Theme: Peace

LIGHT THE 2nd VIOLET CANDLE ON YOUR ADVENT WREATH TODAY.

Say this prayer:

God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen.


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Jesse Tree

Read Exodus 12:1-42
The Story of Israelites
(Symbol: Lamb)

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Watch the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" and get inspired.

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Read Exodus 19:1-20 - 20:20
The Story of the 10 Commandments
(Symbol: Stone Tablets)

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Sing a song of Christmas cheer!

Go carolling without anything to do with fundraising.

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Read Joshua 6:1-20
The Story of Joshua
(Symbol: Ram's Horn)

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Kris Kringle time!

Pick a theme for the gifts (ex. only tiny or shiny ones).  Try to be creative with how you fulfill the task!

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Jesse Tree

Read the book of Ruth
The Story of Ruth
(Symbol: Sheaf of Corn)


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Bake a St. Lucy’s Cake

It’s her feast today!  Also known as St. Lucia day, this feast officially opens the Christmas season in Sweden.

St. Lucy would bring food to persecuted Christians in the dark Rome catacombs so she would put candles on her head to light her way.  Read more about this tradition (and get the recipe too!)

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Read 1 Samuel 16:1-3
The Story of David
(Symbol: Star of David)

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Put up the Christmas tree with the whole family. 

Who will get to put the star on top of the tree this year?  Maybe the youngest member of the family can do it (while being carried by the oldest member).  Don't forget to put on some Christmas music to get into a festive mood!


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Read 1 Kings 6
The Story of Solomon's Temple
(Symbol: Temple)

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Start decorating the home with lights and garlands.

Jesus' coming was heralded by a bright, shining star.  Let your home be a sign of hope and joy for all to see!

It's interesting to note that the first Philippine parol was made in 1908 and it was named after the Spanish word "farol" meaning "lantern".


It encased a candle to light the way of rural folk on their way to church as they did not yet have electricity.  The Parol was first created to draw people closer to God.



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Read 1 Kings 18:16-39
The Story of Elijah
(Symbol: Bonfire)

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The 3rd Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday

"Gaudete" means "rejoice" in Latin.  Today, on the third Sunday in Advent, we grow ever more fervent as Chrismas nears.

ADVENT WREATHE

Week 3 Theme: Joy

LIGHT THE PINK CANDLE ON YOUR ADVENT WREATH TODAY.

Say this prayer:

Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Jesse Tree

Read Isaiah 11:1-11
The Story of Isaiah
(Symbol: Tree Stump)

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Starting December 17, the Christian church grows in fervor as it awaits the coming of the Saviour.  The last 7 days of Advent are marked by Magnificat Antiphons in Western Christian traditions since the 6th century.  These are liturgical songs of prayer that are said each day until the 24th.

The Great "O" Antiphons
ANTIPHON PRAYER

O Wisdom, that proceedest from the mouth of the Most High, Reaching from end to end mightily, and sweetly disposing all things: come and teach us the way of prudence.



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Read the Book of Jonah
The Story of Jonah
(Symbol: Whale)

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Reflect on the past year's blessings and share these with others in an e-mail or letter.

Think of it as a way to update your friends about how you are doing and also a means of thanking God for every good thing He has brought into your life.

ANTIPHON PRAYER

O Lord and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who didst appear unto Moses in the burning bush, and gavest him the law on Sinai: come and redeem us by Thy outstretched arm.


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Read Matthew 3:13-17
The Story of John the Baptist
(Symbol: Scallop)

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Have a midweek rest

Go some place where there is peace and quiet and think of all the blessings in life.  Your families and friends, abilities and talents, the sun and moon, the fact that you can read this right now - can be your starting points. Be grateful!


ANTIPHON PRAYER

O Root of Jesse, Who standest as the Ensign of the people, before Whom kings shall not open their lips; to Whom the Gentiles shall pray: come and deliver us, tarry now no more.

Jesse Tree
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Read Luke 1:26-38
The Story of Mary
(Symbol: Lily)

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Have some traditional Filipino food like Bibingka and Puto Bumbong and pair it with some Hot Chocolate!
ANTIPHON PRAYER

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel; Who openest, and no man shutteth, Who shuttest, and no man openeth: come and lead the captive from the prison house, and him that sitteth in darkness and the shadow of death.

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Read Luke 1:39-56
The Story of Elizabeth
(Symbol: Mother and Child)

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At a party

Put all the Kris Kringle gifts at the center.  Ask Christmas trivia questions and whoever firs answers correctly gets to pick which gift to get!


ANTIPHON PRAYER

O Dawn of the East, Splendor of the eternal Light, and Sun of justice: Come and enlighten them that sit in darkness, and the shadow of death.

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Read Luke 1:57-80
The Story of Zechariah
(Symbol: Writing Tablet)

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Do your gift wrapping with extra care this year!
Put extra items on the ribbon to spruce it up.  For example, magazine cutouts, buttons, dried leaves, etc.

ANTIPHON PRAYER

O King of the gentiles, yea, and the desire thereof, the Cornerstone that makest both one: come and save man, whom Thou hast made out of the slime of the earth.

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Read Matthew 1:19-25
The Story of Joseph
(Symbol: Hammer)

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The 4th Sunday of Advent
ADVENT WREATH

Week 4 Theme: Love

LIGHT THE 3rd VIOLET CANDLE ON YOUR ADVENT WREATH TODAY.

Say this prayer:

Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

ANTIPHON PRAYER

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the expectation of all nations and their Salvation: come and save us, O Lord our God.

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Jesse Tree

Read Luke 2:8-20
The Story of the Shepherds
(Symbol: Sheep)

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Read the nativity story

in Luke 2:1-20 with the youngest members of the family and try to act it out complete with costumes (just use some bed sheets).  Get the action on video as a memorable family moment!

Go to church in thanksgiving.

Celebrate Noche Buena.


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Read Matthew 2:1-12

The Story of the Wise Men
(Symbol: Crown)

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The long weight is over! It's Christmas day!

Have a Blessed Christmas!

Have the children search for the Baby Jesus figure from your nativity set hidden somewhere in the room and once found, put Him on the crib at the center of the manger scene.


Then sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and open gifts.

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Read Luke 2:1-8
The Story of Jesus
(Symbol: Baby in a Manger)



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We hope you have been blessed by journeying to Christmas with us!
We prayed for each one of you!



References

Advent Wreathe Prayers - Loyola Press
Great O Antiphons - Cerc
Jesse Tree Scripture - WhyChristmas


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