Advent is a time of preparing your heart for the celebration of Christ’s birth and growing in holiness, yet the hustle and bustle of the holidays can keep us from these things if we are not careful. Begin preparing now and be intentional about how you will spend your time.

We have some suggestions that will help you and your family make the most of this wonderful season of spiritual growth!

7 Advent Resources For Families

1. The St. Andrew Novena

The St. Andrew Novena

Pray this prayer with your family beginning on St. Andrew’s Feast Day (November 30th) until Christmas day. Try to pray it 15 times a day!

2. The Giving Manger

Giving Manger - Elf on the Shelf Alternative

My family used The Giving Manger for the first time last Advent and it will now be a yearly tradition in our home. It’s a wonderful alternative to Elf on the Shelf! An empty manger is displayed near the Advent wreath and for each act of kindness or good deed that a child does they are allowed to put a piece of hay in the manger. By Christmas morning, their good works will make a bed for baby Jesus.

3. My Nativity Advent Calendar: Waiting for Jesus Day by Day 

This is a unique Advent Calendar that introduces a different character or item to add to the crèche each day of Advent. It is a great resource to help kids really get to know Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the innkeeper, and the many others who awaited the coming of Jesus.

4. Names of Jesus Advent Calendar

5. A DIY Nativity Set

6. Holy Heroes *Free* Advent Adventure

Holy Heroes offers daily emails with videos for reflection, printable activities, and feast day suggestions throughout Advent. Great for families with kids of all ages.

7. Listen to Advent at Ephesus

“This unique CD is recorded by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles: a young, monastic order of Sisters located in rural Missouri, dedicated to prayer for priests. Advent at Ephesus includes an amazing variety of traditional Latin and English hymns, polyphony, Gregorian Chant, medieval harmonies and an original piece to prayerfully lead you through the sacred season in preparation for Christmas.”

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