Saturday, November 30, 2013

Keep Christ in Christmas

Are you searching for ways to keep yourself and children focused on Christ this year instead of toys, candy, elves, and reindeer?  Check out this awesome Blog hop hosted 
by Monica at Equpping Catholic Families.  Participating Blogs are listed at the end of this post.

Advent is a time to wait and participate!

Feel to use this open-ended printable for Advent in any way that helps your children prepare for Christ.

Some ideas starters may include:

Make a bookmark with each candle to use as reminder to keep Christ in Christmas.

Use the printable as a planner for preparation during the four weeks before Christmas.

Cut out the candles and attach them to a “paper headband” to make an Advent hat or center piece.

Write or draw a picture on each candle of things done to prepare our hearts for Christ.

Other Related Posts

Free Advent Clip Art from Charlotte's Clips

And other ideas for Advent

Please visit other Linked up Blogs

Equipping Catholic Families: Keep Christ in Christmas
Simply Homeschool  Living Advent Series 12/1 - 12/25
Fifth of Five                     Keeping Christ in Christmas - Blog Link-up 2013
Coffee Moments with Sam           The Light of Hope
Open Window               Making hay while the Advent wreath shines
Faith Filled Freebies: Keep Christ in Christmas
Written by the Finger of God: Not Christmas as Usual
On the Way Home:  Keep Christ in Christmas
Sue Elvis Writes: Bring Christ to Others
Mommy Bares All        Why Celebrate Christmas Even After #YolandaPH

Canadian Catholic Mom                Keeping The Little Ones Focused: An Advent Link-Up
Mountain of Grace Homeschooling               Keep Christ in Christmas
Em’s Estuary: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Home to 4 Kiddos      Keep Christ in Christmas
Embedded Faith          Boldly Be the Christ in Christmas
City Girl, Country Home                Emmanuel Is With Us. Are we WITH HIM?
Journey to Wisdom: Trusting in your Awkward Fiats
Joy of Nine9                   Waiting in Joyful Expectation Like a Child

Splendor in the Home                    Ideas For Keeping Advent and Christmas Holy
Training Happy Hearts                     10 Ways to Celebrate the New Liturgical Year
Designs by Birgit: Elf on a Shelf and Santa Claus
Catholic Inspired: Faith-Centered Family Christmas
A Slice of Smith Life: How we keep Christ in Christmas
Catholic All Year: Three Reasons I love Advent
Mary the Defender: Christmas The Battle Begins
Truly Rich Mom: Keep Christ in Christmas
Diapers and Drivel: Keeping Christ in Christmas

Raising Soldiers 4 Christ: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Rosary Mom                    Keep Christ In Christmas With A Teenager
Campfires and Cleats                        How We Keep Christ in Christmas
Homeschooling With Joy              Keeping Christ in Christmas
Mrs Domestic Bliss     Gingerbread Nativity
The Chic Traveller      Keeping Christ in Christmas
California to Korea     Keeping Christ in Christmas
Dominique's Desk       Keeping Christ in Christmas
Our ABC Life: An Advent Update

Journey Living: Anno Domini
Life of Fortunate Chances: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Quidquid Est, Est!: Reblog: Advent Posts

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  1. LOVE this blog post, Charlotte! AND I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your clipart! I have used the Advent clip art already. I think I might've been one of the first people to download it from TpT. You can see how I used it here.
    Many blessings on this project. I wish I had found you sooner to perhaps participate in this blog link-up. I teach in a Catholic school and struggle with trying to keep Advent with my students who are bombarded with the commercialization of Christmas.


    Have a blessed Advent,
    Many blessings on this project. I wish I had found you sooner to perhaps participate in this blog link-up. I teach in a Catholic school and struggle with trying to keep Advent with my students who are bombarded with the commercialization of Christmas.


  2. Ohhh...clip art. Said idea-filled mother.

  3. Great printables. My son made an advent wreath in school from candles similar to those and a paper plate that he painted green@

  4. Charlotte,

    I love all your clip art! So appealing and helpful. I've been clicking from page to page, enjoying all your artwork. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Thank you for sharing the printables and clip arts!

  6. Thank you for sharing these. My children will love them!

  7. Thanks for sharing the clipart. It's wonderful for my CCD class.

  8. You are so generous with your awesome clip art! I love the Nativity and Mary clip art!

  9. Thank you for this list. My 8 year old reader will love the bookmarks.

  10. Thanks for sharing all these useful tools for celebrating Advent. I needed the reminder, too, about other things we should be doing during this season (such as "giving").

  11. Can't wait to get my printer up and running to use these!

  12. Fantastic ideas, I'm pinning these so I can do them later with my littles. I am always on the lookout for things to do with the children during this time to strenghten, grow and nourish our Faith!

  13. WOW! Thank you for all your amazing artwork and clip art! I've pinned this page in hopes to use your great resources sometime! Have a blessed Advent!

  14. Hi Charlotte! God has blessed you with creative talent which you use to spread the good News of the Gospel! And a generous heart to share with others. Are you a teacher or a mom of young ones?

  15. Thank you for all the wonderful comments. Sometimes I wonder if I am just a voice crying out in the wildness or cyberspace where the message is silently fading away.

    I am a Mom of two young in their twenties. However, I do work, teach, pray and play with 24 five and six year olds almost everyday. I am a kindergarten teacher at a Catholic School in the heart of Missouri.

  16. I didn't know the other three candles had meanings behind them (I knew about the Gaudate Sunday being the pink one). Thank you!