The Family Zone
Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 39/December 27, 2020
"The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him."
We know very little about the early years of the Holy Family, but we do know they were refugees who faced serious struggles. It is comforting to know that even God's family had challenges and makes it easier to face the ups and downs within our own family. We hope on this feast day you take the time to acknowledge your family's many blessings. This has been a difficult year, but it is the love of family that keeps us moving forward. May God bless your family in many ways and may 2021 bring our world the hope of the Incarnation ...God is with us; Emmanuel!
SUNDAY READINGS: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/122720.cfm
- Nativity by Cynthia Rylant
- The Nativity by Julie Vivas
- The Strangers at the Manger by Lisa Hendy
- Blog Post on the Holy Family values from Practicing Catholic: http://thepracticingcatholic.com/the-holy-family/
- The Holy Family and All Families: https://www.foryourmarriage.org/blogs/the-holy-family/
- Your Holy Family: https://www.catechist.com/your-holy-family/
For Teens: How to Honor Your Parents: https://fervr.net/teen-life/6-ways-to-show-love-to-your-parents
- Write a poem about the Birth of Jesus using this word bank: https://writeshop.com/christmas-word-bank-baby-jesus-is-born/
- Use these writing prompts about family:
- Describe your favorite family tradition
- Do you have a favorite cousin? Why do you like him or her so much?
- What is your favorite thing to do with your mother? (or father?)
- What have you learned from your mother? (or father?)
- What makes your family special?
- Download this prayer for families from Sadlier publishing: https://go.sadlier.com/religion/feast-of-the-holy-family-prayer
- December 28 is the Feast of the Holy Innocents; on this day pray for the children of our world; especially those children who are in harm's way and pray, as well, for those who fight to protect children.
- January 1 is a Holy Day. It is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This week, invite your children to practice the Hail Mary, Hail Holy Queen and other Marian prayers as a devotion to Mary. Traditional Marian prayers can be found here: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/marian-prayers-72
- Pray this prayer for Hope on New Year's Day: https://go.sadlier.com/religion/the-hope-of-the-world-prayer-card
On New Year's Day, Watch Full of Grace with your teens to learn more about Mary's Life. You can stream it on Amazon Prime or watch The Star with your younger children!
Choose one of these videos to watch and have a conversation about what you see and hear!
Are you enjoying your new Christmas toys? Consider donating other gently used toys from years passed. Make room for your new toys by donating an equal number of toys to a worthy cause!
Have a fun family night with these games you can play with your Nativity set! Making the Nativity set more accessible to your children opens doors for conversation with little ones!
- Make a snowman family! https://www.armandhammer.com/en/for-everything-soda/no-snow-soda
- Download and color this image of the Holy Family: https://immaculateheartcoloringpages.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/holy-family-coloring-page/
- Make a family fingerprint tree together: https://funhandprintartblog.com/family-fingerprint-tree-keepsake.html
- Make play clay and build the Holy Family and your own family! https://go.sadlier.com/religion/christmas-story-figures-activity?hsCtaTracking=6ccd76bd-c656-4a85-8463-985c389de249%7C2a87087e-17a7-47d5-8d1f-e5e2160c6262
- Make a paper house with your family inside. Watch the video below to find out how: