Activities and Customs
The easiest way to keep our families from celebrating
Christmas ahead of time is by keeping Advent. Children love to anticipate.
When there are empty mangers to fill with straws of small sacrifices,
when the Mary-Candle is a daily reminder on the dinner table, when Advent
hymns are sung in the candlelight of a graceful Advent wreath, children
are not anxious to celebrate Christmas before time. That would offend
their sense of honor.
Older children who make Nativity sets, cut Old Testament
symbols to decorate a Jesse tree, or prepare costumes for a Christmas
play will find Advent all too short a time to prepare for the coming of
Christ the King. (Christmas to Candlemas in a Catholic Home by