Online resources and advent calendars
Blessing rituals for an Advent Wreath, a Nativity Scene, and a Christmas Tree can be found in the church's Book of Blessings and in Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers. Each of these blessings may be led by a lay person. Blessings are available online from the USCCB.
Explanation of Advent from Busted Halo
Advent Resources at Catechist's Journey
Advent Resources - Loyola Press
Advent - The Liturgical Catechist
Advent - Catholic Toolbox
Advent Youtube Playlist - St Margaret Mary Parish, Naperville
Advent and Christmas - Catholic Icing
Advent Activities - The Religion Teacher
Advent - RCL Benziger
Advent - USCCB
How to Make a Jesse Tree - SimplyCatholic
Christmas - The Liturgical Catechist
Christmas - Loyola Press
Christmas - Catechist's Journey
Christmas - Catholic Toolbox
Christmas Youtube Playlist - - St Margaret Mary Parish, Naperville
Christmas Season - USCCB
In the 1800s, German Lutherans would countdown the days to Christmas with chalk marks on the door or candles or handmade calendars. Around 1908, printer Gerhard Lang produced a calendar on which one would attach a small picture each day for 24 days. He later printed calendars with doors to open. These became popular and spread through Europe and to the US. In recent years, this Advent tradition has been adapted to the online world. Here are a few:
Busted Halo's Advent Surprise Calendar
Marian Advent Calendar by the University of Dayton
Children's Advent Calendar by Loyola Press
Adult Advent Calendar by Loyola Press
Liturgy Preparation Aid for Seasons of Advent and Christmas (Español) - FDLC
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