Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,934 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Activity: Letter to the Christ Child

Instead of writing a letter to the secularized Santa Claus before Christmas, children should instead write letters to the Christ Child.

DIRECTIONS

On the first Sunday of Advent the children must write their Christmas letter--not to a Santa Claus--but to the Christchild (Christkind) who, accompanied by His angels, will bring the Christmas tree and all the good things on it and under it.

In this letter--and the letter is of great importance--the child makes known his most secret wishes to the Divine Child, and also the efforts he is going to make during the season of Advent.

Before going to bed the letter must be put on the window sill. The first thought in the morning is: "What happened to the letter, is it gone?"

Good children's letters are taken away during the first night, as a sign that the Divine Child is pleased with them. Others--and their number is usually bigger than the ones whose letter disappeared--may have to wait two, three or more days, a sure sign that Jesus is not altogether pleased with them, that their spirit of penance, of obedience, of work, of greater purity and charity must first wax stronger.

Activity Source: Your Home, A Church in Miniature by Compiled by The Family Life Bureau in the early 1950s, The Neumann Press, Long Prairie, Minnesota, 1994

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 4 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 8 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6