Mother Teresa says,
The season of Advent is like springtime in nature, when everything is refreshed and renewed.”
She’s right, and this is exactly what the Church desires for her children as they prepare their hearts and homes for the coming of the Christ Child.
So why is it that so many of us wake up on Christmas morning feeling exhausted and cranky and anything but renewed?!
Advent truly is a beautiful season. And when each day is spent joyfully and intentionally preparing for the celebration of Christ’s birth, families can see the blossoming of rich fruits.
Sometimes we just need a little help.
In gathering my Advent “toolkit” this year, I have had one major goal in mind:
I want to cultivate an atmosphere of peace and joy in our home. This Advent, I want the opposite of frenzied rushing from one activity to the next.
To help me meet that goal, I’m turning to some new Advent resources for Catholic families — each available this week in the Catholic Mom Bundle, an awesome package of 12 digital products, created by moms, for moms.
First things first: I need to have a plan for chaos-less (is that a word??) and joyful Advent living. Ginny of Not So Formulaic has this totally covered. In her new ebook, Celebrating Advent at Home: A simple Guide to Peaceful Preparation, she offers readers practical steps for cultivating a peaceful Advent environment. From simple ideas for prayer and service, to creative family traditions, to an amazing Advent book list to enjoy with the whole family — this ebook is going to be my go-to for Advent inspiration.
The Catholic Mom Bundle also offers a delightful Advent Activity Pack, from Aleesa of SaongJai. As a mama of three school-age kiddos (and one who thinks she is), I love to keep crafts and coloring pages on hand for important Feast Days and liturgical seasons. The Advent Activity Pack is full of everything you need to celebrate the season simply and peacefully! It includes an Advent calendar, as well as holy cards for each major Saint whose feast day falls within Advent. There are also plenty of beautiful coloring pages, and even some adorable St. Nicholas images to print and attach to chocolate coins for St. Nick’s Day. Aleesa seriously thought of everything! I’m positive that the Activity Pack will be just perfect for my little people (ages 1 – 7) — and I’m planing to enjoy coloring a few of the pages myself. 🙂
The final Advent product featured in the Catholic Mom Bundle is the gorgeous set of O Antiphons prints, created by the very talented Lorelei of Books Faith Life. If you’re unfamiliar with the O Antiphons, they’re an ancient prayer of the Church, used during the final seven days of Advent. The Antiphons each name Christ by one of His biblical titles (for instance, “O Emmanuel”), and petition Him to bring into being what His name says about Him (“O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!”). The O Antiphons are one of my most favorite traditions of Advent, and Lorelei has beautifully illustrated each one. I can’t wait to print them to add to our family altar as we prepare for Christmas!
What’s in your Advent toolkit this year? I’d love to hear from you!
The Catholic Mom Bundle has nine other beautiful and creative offerings, but they’re only available together this week. Grab the Advent resources plus all the rest for $19 (a 90% discount) — this year’s sale runs through November 26.
[Fine print: as a contributor to the Bundle, I make commissions from purchases through links in this post.]