I’ve been updating the Catholic family activity pages since earlier this fall. After a busy November, I have a newly updated version of the 10 Activities for Catholic Families in December printable available now. This is such a great time of year to spend some really meaningful time with your family. I hope that you’ll take this as an opportunity to do that!
Note: Just in case you prefer the old look, I’ll leave the link to download the older version near the new version’s download link.
As always, many of these activities would even be great to do with non-Catholic families. So, pick and choose what works for you. You can always cut off the title after you print it out if it doesn’t apply to your family. You could just print out the sheet and cut out the specific activities you would like to do. Easy peasy!
Contents of 10 Activities for Catholic Families in December
(The downloadable printable is farther down in this post)
1. Pray for missionaries all over the world who are spreading God’s Word. To extend this activity, see what your family can do to help those doing a mission. (Saint Francis Xavier’s Feast Day is December 3rd.)
2. Fill your children’s shoes with small gifts or wrapped candies while they’re asleep to celebrate Saint Nicholas’ Feast Day on December 6th.
3. Attend Mass on Christmas Day (December 25th) and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th). Both are Holy Days of Obligation.
Quick Note: In some years, Holy Day of Obligation may not require Mass attendance because of the day of the week they fall on. However, I like to leave them on the printable. I think it’s still important to be mindful of them as important days and ones that are usually a Holy Day of Obligation.
4. Have a Mexican-themed dinner with roses as decorations to celebrate the feast days of Saint Juan Diego (December 9th) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th). You can make your own paper roses with this template and directions.
5. Plan to give a gift (or three) to Jesus this year to celebrate His birthday. Jesus taught us that when we help those in need, we are helping Him. Find a way to give a Christmas gift to someone who is particularly in need this year.
6. Try one of these fun hands-on Nativity themed activities.
7. If there is on within traveling distance, visit a Living Nativity. If this is not possible, set up your family’s Nativity scene and have a discussion about what the sights, sounds, and even smalls may have been.
8. Read one of the Gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Wait until then to add Jesus to your family’s Nativity scene. Ask the youngest family member to add Him to the crèche. (Or you can give the honor to someone different each year.)
9. Brainstorm with your family things you can do to live more like the Holy Family. Plan to do at least one of those things before the end of the month. (The Feast of the Holy Family is the first Sunday after Christmas.)
10. Choose an activity that will help babies, such as donating to a crisis pregnancy center, praying for babies in danger around the world, or even just spending time with a special baby in your lives. (The Feast of the Holy Innocents is December 28th.)
Want even more ideas for activities for Advent and Christmas? You might consider also grabbing one (or both) of these free printables:
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This post and printable were originally published on November 22, 2013. Both the post and printable were updated in November 2017.
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