Soft Manger For Baby Jesus Yarn Craft

It's traditional during Advent for children to have an empty manger for Baby Jesus. Each time they do a good deed, they get to place a piece of "straw" in the manger and make a soft bed for Baby Jesus by Christmas day. Here's a craft you can do for your kids to participate in this fun tradition! Materials Needed To Make This Craft: A popsicle stick (We used the "craft spoons" size, … [Read more...]

Holidays In Handprints- A DIY Christmas Treasury For Catholic Children

I created a printable book that is a special Christmas treasury for Catholic kids, and the pages are illustrated by your child and his or her handprints. :-) (For those of you familiar with my products, it's the Advent/Christmas counterpart to Holy Week In Handprints.) Each handprint picture is designed to be loads of fun, and easy to replicate! Even the youngest of children can participate … [Read more...]

Advent Saints Craft- Printable Ornaments For Catholic Kids

I'm always trying to figure out how to add more Saint feast day celebrations to our Advent season, and I'm so excited to be releasing these little guys today! These are Advent Saint ornaments that you can download, print, and assemble yourself! The download includes all the Saints in both black and white (so you can color them yourself) or already in full color with watercolor paints (so … [Read more...]

Easy Jesus Christmas Craft- Make A Sock Baby Jesus With No Sewing!!!

I know that this sock baby really looks like it has been sewn, but trust me, this is SO easy to make- it's just cleverly put together and I'm going to show you how. I developed this craft for the preschool class I'm teaching at our homeschool co-op this year. My class is very young, so I wanted to make a cuddly Baby Jesus that they could hold and love. Mission complete. And I have to tell … [Read more...]

Away in a Manger Christmas Cookies

We made these super easy Baby Jesus cookies for Lydia's Christmas pageant yesterday, and I wanted to share them with you. They're super easy to make, don't involve any cooking at all, and even kids can make them. Even the cookies I decorated I did with 1 hand as I bounced Anabelle on my left hip. (Yep, she's at that age...) Supplies Needed to make Baby Jesus Cookies: Nutter Butter … [Read more...]

Nativity Set Crafts and Activities for Kids

Nativity sets are such a great thing to have around during the Advent and Christmas season. They're a great hands-0n tool for teaching kids the true Christmas story. However, if nativity sets are going to be a hands-on tool for kids, you've got to have a few they can actually touch. Here are some ideas for crafting or using nativity sets with children. Here are my favorite  nativity sets for … [Read more...]

Baby Jesus Crafts and Activities for Christmas

If you're going to take the time to craft with kids this time of year, you may as well make it meaningful, and concentrate on what's really going on. After all, Jesus is the reason for the season! Many of these can also be tweaked to make a manger for Baby Jesus that you add a piece of straw to each time to do a good deed or make a sacrifice. The more you do during Advent, the softer Baby Jesus' … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Jesus Cake for Christmas Dinner- a Meaningful Tradition!

What better way to get across the idea to children that Christmas is Jesus' birthday other than having a birthday cake? It has become our tradition to serve a "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake for Christmas dinner. Even if we get invited to family's house for Christmas dinner, I offer to bring the dessert, and show up with a cake. We usually make this cake on Christmas Eve, and it's always just … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Jesus Cake with Nativity Cookies!

In keeping with our "Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday" theme this week, I had to include a "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake! What is a birthday without a cake anyway? Making Jesus a Birthday cake has become an annual Christmas tradition at our house. We make the cake on Christmas day (a fun afternoon activity) and then we eat it for dessert after Christmas dinner. Don't forget to sing Jesus Happy Birthday … [Read more...]

Putting Jesus in the Creche – A Family Tradition

Advent is a time of waiting. One fun way to wait for the coming of Our Savior's birthday is to set out our nativity sets, but hold back on placing Baby Jesus in the manger. Waiting patiently... On Christmas Eve, when the waiting is almost over and it's time to add Baby Jesus to the manger, you may as well make it a fun and meaningful family tradition! We do this by having a Baby Jesus … [Read more...]