THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 75/ 12.12.21
What Does Your Nativity Look Like?
LIVE THE EUCHARIST
St. Luke makes strong connections between the Eucharist and the Christmas Story in the Gospel of Luke. Read this article from Catholic Spirit to learn more about the careful use of images Luke used to help us understand the significance of Jesus Christ.
Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday's Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the rose button below.
Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message.
- Goodnight Manger by Laura Sassi
- The Child in the Manger by Liesbet Slegers
- The Nativity by Ruth Sanderson
- The Cobweb Curtain: A Christmas Story by Jenny Koralek
- The Nativity by Marion Thomas
Parenting Articles: Various Nativity Traditions for your family! https://outdoornativitystore.com/blog/placing-christ-child-magi-nativity-scenes/
Traditions to engage your child in the Christmas story: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/baby-jesus/
- Do you wonder what Mary and Joseph were talking about in the manger? What do you think the shepherds said as they approached? How did Mary and Joseph react to the Three Kings? Write a dialogue for the Nativity scene and create your own Christmas pageant to act out for your family!
- Download the worksheets below based around the nativity to continue the learning for different age levels!
- Older children: Write a persuasive paragraph about why everyone should focus on the true meaning of Christmas!
Word of the Week!
- What do you think it might have felt like in the manger where Jesus was born? What did it look like, smell like? Was it hot or cold? What would you do if you stayed in a barn with animals overnight?
- How do you think Mary and Joseph felt when they were turned away by the innkeeper?
- Some nativity scenes that people put out have all kinds of characters in them. Does anyone or anything, belong in your nativity scene that isn't there? Why?