Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Activity: Gifts for Jesus, the Advent Manger

    Supplies

  • empty, home-made manger
  • straws
  • Christ-Child doll/statue
  • Prep Time

  • N/A
  • Difficulty

  • Cost

  • $ $ $ $
  • For Ages

  • 3+
  • Activity Types

    Linked Activities

    • None

    Files

    • None

    Linked Recipes

    • None

    Linked Prayers

    • None

    Feasts

    Seasons

Placing straws in a manger for each good act is a wonderful Advent practice for small children. The author suggests a personal manger for each child, besides the larger family manger.

DIRECTIONS

On the first Sunday of Advent each child in our family receives an empty manger. An oatmeal box covered with bright paper will do as well. At bedtime the children draw straws for each kind deed performed in honor of Baby Jesus as His birthday surprise. The straws are placed in the child's manger or box daily. It is amazing how much love a child can put into Advent when he is preparing for His Redeemer's coming in grace.

On Christmas each child finds an Infant in his manger, placed on a small table or on a chair beside his bed. Usually it is a tiny doll, beautifully dressed; but one of our children receives a Hummel Infant year after year. This custom, which in no way interferes with the larger manger in the living room, fills the child with a longing in Advent, and gives him an image of his Redeemer as his first happy glance mornings and his last impression at night during the entire Christmas season.

Activity Source: Family Advent Customs by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1979

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The political outlook after Obergefell 5 hours ago
Good news/bad news on the Vatican PR overhaul 8 hours ago
So now is it 'hate speech' to deplore the Obergefell decision? 9 hours ago
Acedia and the Unbearable Lightness of Being 22 hours ago
Is Western Politics Dead? June 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4