An Excellent Saint Juan Diego Movie (Plus a Movie Collection Giveaway and Free Shipping!)

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by CCC of America, but all opinions are my own and it's for a product that I have already told you before that I really love! A wonderful thing that you can do during Advent is to spend time celebrating the feast days of Advent Saints.  This is a great way to keep your mind focused on Advent as a time of prayerfulness and joyful anticipation.  Two of those … [Read more...]

What Are The O Antiphons? – Learning About A Catholic Advent Tradition

The O Antiphons are rich with meaning and make a truly wonderful Catholic tradition! Before you get overwhelmed, I want to start by saying that they do not need any kind of craft or manipulative to participate- you can simply pray and sing them. :-) I'm going to put the roots of them in a nutshell for you (as much as I can). Why they are called the "O Antiphons"? Each night for the octave … [Read more...]

O Antiphon Ideas for Catholic Families- An Advent Tradition

The great thing about the O Antiphons is, they don't start until December 17! That means even if you missed the boat with an Advent wreath or a Jesse tree, you've still got time for this! :-) If you're not familiar with the O Antiphons, or even if you are, I suggest that you read my page all about the O Antiphons before moving on. I want to be very clear that the O Antiphons are not like the … [Read more...]

St. Nicholas Crafts for Kids- Printables, Ideas, and More!

Check out my post on how to celebrate St. Nicholas day here. St. Nicholas Day is coming up on December 6! These crafts can be a fun way to celebrate the day. St. Nicholas can even leave the supplies for the crafts right in your shoes. ;-) This printable St. Nicholas ornament is available in my Advent Saint pack.  Here is is on the tree embellished with lots of glitter! This toilet paper tube … [Read more...]

Catholic December and January Calendar Stick-Ons

Let me tell go ahead and say that we have been having a rough month around here. I'm way behind on life (for various reasons), and for the last week or so everyone in my family has had a stomach bug. So yes, I know this post is late, but I've been a little out-of-it. Plus, any of you that have the Advent Christmas Planner have had these calendar stick-ons from the beginning. ;-) You can … [Read more...]

Printable Advent and Christmas Blessings for Catholic Families

Here's a round up of printable blessings to use during Advent and Christmas time. (I really did my best to round-up printable versions, because I think gathering around a computer doesn't have the same quaint feel to it. When you print these, be sure to add them to your Advent/Christmas planning binder so you don't ever have to look them up or print them again. None of these blessings were created … [Read more...]

Jesse Tree Readings, Ornaments, and Free Printables!

Jesse trees can be so different from family to family. They can be bought or made, the ornaments can be crafted out of practically anything, and I love how unique and beautiful they all are! Here a round-up of my favorite Jesse Tree resources to help get you started in this rich Advent tradition! Crafting Jesse Tree Ornaments I love this set of 3D printable Jesse Tree ornaments! So … [Read more...]

Advent Wreaths- Crafts, Activities, and More!

Having an Advent wreath is a great Catholic tradition! Here are some fun Advent wreath crafts, activities, and other fun resources for kids. (You can find a printable Blessing of the Advent Wreath here.) Advent Wreath Craft- This one is fun and easy, and doesn't involve any glue, so in a classroom, it can be taken home immediately without needing time to dry. Here's a fun Advent snack- an … [Read more...]

How to Make a No Sew Tutu and Add it to Any Costume for Instant Cuteness!

I will admit to jumping on a band-wagon here. I kept seeing costume after costume come through Pinterest with tutus, and I'm talking way beyond fairies and ballerinas. People are adding tutus to every kind of costume, and it's adorable! I've seen super heros, pirates, clowns, peacocks, ...even fruit costumes that are all sporting tutus! When I saw this Indian costume with a tutu, I knew there was … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Angel Wings- The Easy Way

If your kids are dressing up for All Saints' Day, an angel can be a great costume! Easy for girls (just pair a white dress with some wings, and voila!) and an easy costume to talk boys into (since St. Michael wears armor and carries a sword.) My little Violet has asked to be an angel 2 years in a row now, and wings, of course, are vital to an angel costume. The wings were super easy to … [Read more...]