How To Draw A Chalk Pastel Nativity {Leonardo da Vinci Style}

Through our Charlotte Mason method of education, we study 3 artists per year, and we are currently studying Leonardo da Vinci. I thought I would share our Christmas project with you- a nativity drawn in da Vinci's style. This projects is very easy and simple, so no stress on mom. ;-) Supplies Needed To Draw Your Own Nativity: Brown paper (We used cut up grocery bags. You could … [Read more...]

Celebrating St. Lucy’s Feast Day With Kids- The Ultimate Resource List!

There are many traditional ways to celebrate St. Lucy's (Santa Lucia's) feast day, many of them originating from Scandinavia. I love how much culture it opens us up to when we celebrate these awesome Catholic feast days! You'll find everything you need to celebrate this feast day right here from this one post. :-) Sweet Bread For St. Lucy's Feast Day Saffron buns, also known as … [Read more...]

Printable Peg Dolls- The Nativity Set

So you asked for it, and you got it- a printable nativity peg doll set! (I was totally worn down by your requests on this one you guys) ;-) All you have to do is paint the heads, then you Modge Podge the rest. And btw, Mod Podging isn't even an extra step, you have to do it to seal the peg dolls somehow anyway. You can find all of my printable peg doll sets here. The download for all 10 … [Read more...]

3D Printable Catholic Jesse Tree Ornaments {{That Include The O Antiphons!}}

So... you know how every year you say you're going to have a Jesse Tree, but then you never do? I mean, maybe it's just me, but if it's also you, I have a great solution for you this year... 3D printable (and affordable, and easy) Jesse Tree ornaments! Aren't these just adorable?! The ebook comes with 24 three-dimensional folding ornaments, and for the next 3 days only, this pack is on sale … [Read more...]

3 Kings Ornament Craft For the Epiphany

Happy Epiphany! Although the feast of the Epiphany moves to the closest Sunday in the US, we usually celebrate at home on January 6. Here's a fun craft we're doing this year with the 3 kings. The really cool thing about this craft is that the 3 triangles spin so you can mix and match the king's clothes. This is a printable craft, part of the Advent Saints pack. This craft can … [Read more...]

A Real Birthday Present For Jesus- Gift Idea

We make a BIG deal out of Christmas being Jesus' birthday around here. We bake a birthday cake, we sing happy birthday- it's pretty much the first thing (even my littlest kids) will tell you about Christmas. So where was Jesus' present? My oldest wanted to know. I wanted to have a concrete present to get for Jesus, but I couldn't put my finger on what it could be. Then, I read this: "And … [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...]

Celebrating Santa Lucia Day- Printable St. Lucy and Star Boy Craft

It's almost St. Lucy day! This is a day that is traditionally celebrated in Sweden. Little girls dress up as St. Lucy in white dresses with red ribbons (that symbolize her purity and her martyrdom) and wreaths with candles in their hair. They serve Santa Lucia saffron buns, a sweet bread, also known "Lussekatter". Also in Sweden, there was a tradition there where boys dressed up as "star boys" in … [Read more...]

Advent Guilt: Should You Hold On Or Let Go?

Whoever puts up their Christmas tree last wins the "Best Catholic" award! Wait, was it a competition? No one told me!   Before I stared Catholic Icing, I had no idea there were people that waited until Christmas Eve to put up their tree. The more I run in Catholic circles, I find that a lot of families take waiting during the entire Advent season very seriously. This is not … [Read more...]