Equipping Catholic Families …for Advent!

This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King…the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, which means that Advent will be here very soon! It’s time to dust off the Advent Candles (make sure we have them!) and the Jesse Tree ornaments and the Advent Calendar!

The Advent Calendar

The Advent Calendar is a great way to countdown the days until Christmas.  You’ll find lots of chocolate covered ones in the stores now, but you can make your own and fill it with dollarstore Nativity figures, holy medals, Saint pegs, Super Saints, printable Advent Quest challenges and of course your favorite treats or chocolates. There are so many ways to make an Advent Calendar (including this one we made years ago) and we found 35 [Awesome} DIY Advent Calendars here.

Fill up your Advent Calendar with faith-filled toys, treats and prayers:

Looking for a Calendar for the new Liturgical Year?

We’ve got a couple you can print at home and use year after year:

*with Our Family Jesse Tree ornaments from Faith and Fabric


The Jesse Tree

The Jesse Tree is a wonderful faith-filled activity with Biblical symbols and figures and readings for each day of Advent. Jesus’ Lineage unfolds each day, leading up to His Birth on December 25th. You can make a nicely crafted banner like our The Family Handprint Jesse Tree and bring it out for Advent and Lent each year!

Here are some other awesome Jesse Tree kits and tips:

The Advent Wreath

We have a fake wreath…and every year we have the opportunity to create a fresh one with our Women’s Ministry at our Parish. It can be tricky getting those 3 purple and 1 white candles at the last minute, so we often pick them up throughout the year when we see them…or we’ve been known to tie purple and pink ribbons around white candles, in a pinch. One year, we made this Mailbox Blessings Advent Wreath and wrote little notes to each other throughout Advent, placing them in these adorable little mailboxes.


Advent Prayers

Advent is an excellent opportunity to ramp up our family prayers…morning, before or after meals, around the Advent Wreath, in the car (bustling around to different events) or at bedtime!

Here are some of our prayerful craft kit printables to get you started:

 New Family Traditions

This time of year there is a lot of talk about different activities and family traditions to help focus Advent within the family. Don’t try them all at once! Choose one that’s right for you and get your kids involved to keep it going throughout Advent. If good deeds and sacrifices are part of your Advent tradition…consider Nesting…for Sock Baby Jesus.



  1. Maybe this is the year I pull off Jesse Tree! Every year I start and every year I don’t finish.
    But we DO remember a whole bunch of feast days in there, and that has to count for something!

  2. Chantel Carriere says:

    Thanks for adding me. I’m looking forward to your updates. But I need your help. I had a book called A Treasure Chest of Traditions (For Catholic Families). And I guess with our last military move I lost it?! So I’m looking to buy a new one, but I can not find it, expect on Amazon in the US. Is there anywhere you might know of that I can buy this from in Canada, more so Ontario?
    Chantel Carriere

    • Hi Chantel, thanks for your comment! I’m the author of A treasure Chest. I’m just waiting for the current print run, but I will check to see what I have in stock….I live in Ontario too! I have emailed you more details. God bless you!

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