Last night, we held our Parish Family Advent Night, which is becoming an annual tradition.
We started with a Children's Mass, which was extra special because we were celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which is our parish's feast day.
Then the munchkins and parents moved over to the parish hall for some food and some fun.
The food consisted of an abundance of cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee. There was approximately a 10:1 Cookie to Human ratio. It was almost ridiculous. However, we are known for sugaring the kids up in CCD and then sending them home, so why fail now?
The fun consisted of lots of stations with crafts, games, and learning. The crafts and games were quite popular...the learning...well, we hope that it happened along the way.
The theme for the night was "The Saints of Advent." Our CCD theme this year is "We are Among Saints," so we have had a lot of emphasis on these holy people who loved Jesus with their whole hearts. I decided to run with it and came up with activities focusing on things we can learn from saints that we typically celebrate during Advent.
We played St. Nicolas' Many Gifts Bingo, complete with (chocolate) gold coins as Bingo Markers and discussed generosity.
Click the documents for a link to pdf of the bingo sheet and words/instructions for the game.
We made St. Lucia crowns and paper dolls and talked about serving others.
Click here for a link to instructions for making a St. Lucia wreath and for a recipe for Lucia Buns.
We made paper roses and a "tilma" mural for St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe's miraculous signs of faith.
We learned about St. Joseph's hands of prayer, talking about how St. Joseph used his hands to provide for his family and to lead them in prayer.
And we played Saint PowerPoint Jeopardy reviewing cool facts about these great people.
Click here for a link to the file. When you click on the point values, the slide moves to the "answer," and when you click on the answer slide, it moves to the "question," just like in real jeopardy.
We all had a good time, and it was nice to have an evening to remind us Who we are really celebrating this Christmas.