The New Year's Huddle

In Minnesota where I live, January can be a drag. It’s often bitterly cold, icy and nearly impossible to go anywhere without taking ten minutes to bundle up. However, there is a little secret we Minnesotans have — January compels us to stay home, nestle in and slow down. When you don’t feel obligated to go out, you stay in and spend time together.
But you don’t have to be a resident of Minnesota to do this. Even if you live in a place where January is warm, your family can make a commitment to keep this month simple by slowing down and rediscovering the joy of your faith in the company of loved ones. Spend some time together praying, working on a craft or activity offered here or simply reading side-by-side.

May God bless your family in this New Year!

Heidi Busse

Activity K-5

This month help children remember to slow down and count their blessings every day with this Daily Blessings mobile. Download instructions here.

Activity 6 and up

Remembering our feathered friends in the winter when food is scarce is a great way to share our blessings. Make one of these simple bird feeders to hang outside. Download instructions here.

Stewardship

After Jesus, Mary is our model steward. Tie a white ribbon around each child's wrist or backpack/locker. Talk about Mary's example and how the ribbon can serve as a reminder to live as Christian stewards. Use stories from the Bible or a picture book such as Mary: The Mother of Jesus by Tomie dePaola to start your conversation. Allow kids a chance to share their own stewardship stories throughout the month.

Lifelong Catechesis

Activities online at the Lifelong Catechesis page.