Advent Challenge – Day 15 – Gaudete Sunday
Today is Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “Rejoice” in Latin, and is a reminder to us, that even though Advent is a penitential time, it is also a time of joyful anticipation, as we await the birth of Christ!
Gaudete Sunday is always a great time to do something fun with the family. It’s a good time for starting the Christmas baking, setting up your Christmas tree, or putting out your Nativity if you haven’t yet.
I have a huge Nativity scene that my dad built for me last Christmas, and usually we place ours under the tree, so I was a bit leery of busting it out yet. It’s also not super child-friendly and I want to minimize the time I have to yell “Don’t touch!” before Christmas is actually here.
However, I wanted to do something special for the kids, and as we’re just barely over a week away from Christmas day, I want to start re-enforcing for them the Christmas story. I found a printable on Catholic Icing for making your own nativity set, that the kids can play with (I swear I’m not running a publicity campaign for Catholic Icing, she just has some really awesome stuff). I don’t have the whole thing done yet, but as I coloured each piece and my kids helped put them together, I talked to them about who each person was and what they represented.
We had a lot of fun putting it together, and my heart swelled listening to my son play with the angel saying “Jesus is God! Go and praise Him!”
What else we did for Advent today: