Family Advent Activity Calendar

We welcome you to participate in Advent activities with your family. We have suggestions for daily activities in the calendar below.

This Advent calendar has been adapted from Loyola Press.

 November 28 – First Sunday of Advent

 I will spend a few extra minutes in prayer today.

black and white photograph of hands in prayer

 November 29

 I will do my work well today and with joy for God.

photo of students at their desks studying

 November 30

 I will be kind in a special way to someone I do not know very well yet.

three young girls with their arms around each other

 December 1

 I will listen to my family, educators and others in charge of me.

a photo of a family walking outside on a path

 December 2

I will work hard today and do my best. 

two students writing in their books

 December 3 – Memorial of St. Francis Xavier

 I will try to show love and kindness for someone who seems unhappy or lonely.

photo of a young boy outside looking a little sad

 December 4

I will reflect on a time when I lost my temper and pray that I may use kind words and ask for help when needed. I will also pray for anyone who I may have hurt.

photo of a girl on a swing 

 December 5 – Second Sunday of Advent

 I will secretly do a kind act for someone.

 Children hands on top of each other

 December 6 – Memorial of St. Nicholas

I will donate like-new toys and books I've outgrown.

Brown teddy bear sitting on grass outside, waving

 

 December 7 – Memorial of St. Ambrose

I will be a peacemaker today in school and at home. 

a picture of a plant in some soil in someones hands

 December 8 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I will honour Mary in a very special way today by being cheerful. 

a painting of the Virgin Mary

 December 9 – Memorial of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

 I will do some work for my family to help them rest after a day of work.

a young girl standing in front of a window looking through outfits

 December 10

I will lead grace before meals with my family or friends. 

a photo of an array of fruits and vegetables

 December 11 – Memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe 

I will ask Mary to help me make room for Jesus in my heart.

a painting of our Lady of Guadalupe

 December 12 – Third Sunday of Advent – National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

I will go out of my way to show gratitude for the things I have.  

illustration of Jesus praying

 

 December 13 – Memorial of St. Lucy

I will find a quiet place and sit for a few minutes, just letting God love me. 

young boy blowing the seeds off a dandelion

 December 14 – Feast Day of St. John of the Cross.

I will try to be more thoughtful of others. 

young child laying on a bed reading the bible

 December 15

 I will make a special effort to be kind to those I find it hard to like.

young children outside playing

 December 16

 I will speak kindly to all I meet today.

young girl smiling

 December 17

 I will be helpful at home these last days before Jesus' birthday.

a mother helping her young daughter cut vegetables

 December 18

 I will volunteer to help with activities others need assistance with.

a young child washing a fork in the sink

 December 19 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

 I will thank God for all he gives to me.

a young girl praying

 December 20 – Feast Day of St. Peter Canisius

I will give a smile to all I meet today.

a young girl smiling at the camera

 December 21

I will be grateful and thank God today for the blessings I have.

 young girl praying

 December 22

 I will do a kind act for each member of my family.

a family in a group hug

 December 23

I will spend extra time with my family today.

family sitting at a table together

 December 24

 I welcome Jesus with great love and offer him all the good acts I have performed and the prayers I have said during Advent.

a young boy holding a bible praying

December 25 - Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

Christ is Born! Merry Christmas to all of our Durham Catholic Families! May the wonders of Christ's love be with you now and always.

Mary, baby Jesus, and Joseph figures by three candles

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