Watching and waiting

Advent is a season of waiting and watching and wondering and this is never more apparent than with our children. We had just arrived at the mall to start the Christmas shopping madness, when someone pulled into my parking spot. My blinker clicking away, I lost my temper. The kids were quiet through my huffing tirade and then my youngest said, “Mom I do not think that you are in the Christmas spirit.” In that moment I realized that I couldn’t be teaching my kids about peace-filled waiting for the birth of Christ when I was crabby and stressed out all the time.

I like to think of this month’s Teaching Catholic Kids as a collective exhale. Take a moment to remember what Advent is really about. Enjoy doing the activities with your children and try to savor the sacred moments in your home. Then breathe. Christ’s peace is His gift to us. And we are blessed to receive it!


December at a Glance (PDF): Download here.


  • Grades K-5: Make an Advent calendar. Help kids prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth with their very own Advent calendar. Here's how.
  • Grades 6+: Create Luminaries to decorate a walkway or porch this December. Here's how.

Saint of the month

December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe. Download here.


The True Gifts of Advent and Christmas. This year, let's choose compassion over consumption. Here's how. (from OSV Newsweekly)

Lifelong Catechesis Corner

The twofold character of Advent calls us to prepare for the remembering of the Word made Flesh at Christmas, and directs us to wait with alertness for Jesus’ second coming. Find all the Sunday readings with background here.