The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 38/December 20, 2020

"Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God"

It is the fourth Sunday of Advent and we are all setting our sights on the Nativity of the Lord; Christmas! We wish you and your family a blessed Christmas. May the joy of Christ's incarnation fill your home and heart!

READ!

SUNDAY READINGS: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/122020.cfm


Family Stories:

  • Humphrey's First Christmas by Carol Heyer

  • The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

  • Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate

  • Twas the Evening of Christmas by Glenys Nellist

Parent Article:

Focus on ways to bring Christ into your Christmas celebration:

https://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/holidays/featured-holidays/christmas/10-ways-to-talk-about-christ-this-christmas/

For Teens:

Spend some time with this reflection on Mary: https://lifeteen.com/blog/who-was-mary-a-reflection-on-the-mother-of-god/

Write!

  • Write a love letter to the baby Jesus and put it in the manger
  • Write a special love letter to each of your family members and place them on the Christmas tree to be opened Christmas morning
  • Send Christmas Cards to those who you have been separated from this year. Make the messages personal and heartfelt
  • Write notes of Christmas cheer and support to your neighbors
  • Use social media to proclaim HOPE, PEACE and LOVE..the Good News of the Birth of Christ!

LISTEN!

Sit in peace with this sacred music and listen to this adorable retelling of the Christmas story by Emily, age 5 to inspire you to do your own family retelling of the Nativity
Traditional Christmas Carols/Midnight Mass Music
Emily Age 5 Tells the Nativity Story

PRAY!

As Christmas approaches, it can be incredibly calming to just sit in the darkness in front of a lit Christmas tree with some soft music and prayers in your heart. Plan a quiet evening for your family with soft light, warmth from a blanket or some cocoa and some traditional Advent hymns.
Lauren Daigle - O Come O Come Emmanuel (Deluxe Edition)

Pray this simple prayer in front of the tree

WATCH!

Enjoy a family movie night with one of these wonderful movies that highlight the Christmas Story or the message of the Christmas season; ask your kids what messages they see in the film and share the ones that stand out to you!
The Paper Nativity: Director's Cut
Symbols of Christmas | Catholic Central

Play!

Create!

Craft these beautiful stained glass nativity ornaments together: https://www.iheartartsncrafts.com/stained-glass-nativity-ornament-craft-kids/


Build a "gingerbread" nativity scene together: https://natashaskitchen.com/gingerbread-nativity-manger-scene/


Make homemade ornaments together:

Let your child experience the joy of gift giving by making something special for loved ones. Here are some ideas:

WONDER!

  • What do you think Mary was feeling when she was visited by the Angel?
  • How do you think Joseph felt when she told him?
  • Are there other parents I know who might be afraid for what is ahead as "Mom" and "Dad?"
  • Who is alone this week? How can I bring them comfort?
  • What was the stable like? What did it look like? Smell like? Sound like? Was it hot, or cold? Were Mary and Joseph hungry?

WORD OF THE WEEK!

Incarnation: The truth that Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the second Person of the Trinity, is both fully God and fully man.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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