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11+ Catholic Christmas Season Prayers & Activities for Families and Religious Education
By: Allie Johnston
Christmas is a season of peace and joy. For Catholics, the Christmas season begins on December 25th, Christmas day, and ends in January on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During the entire Christmas season, Catholics celebrate the birth of Christ. We celebrate that God became man in the Incarnation. The Son of God was born long ago in Bethlehem, but he is still among us today! Celebrate the Christmas season with Catholic Christmas prayers and activities for the family and religious education classroom. In this article, you’ll discover amazing printable Catholic Christmas season prayers and activities you can download in English and Spanish.
Printable Catholic Christmas Season Prayers
Jesus, the Reason for Christmas Prayer Card
God has delivered unto us his Son, his light, to illuminate us with his light, to be with us. That is the gift we receive when celebrating Christmas. It is an occasion to remember that God loved the world to such an extent that He gave us his only Son. What better gift can a father make? Let us not exchange God's gift for material gifts.
There's no need to go out and buy. What better gift than to enjoy the presence of Jesus and let Christ's light shine on all the moments of our lives? During these Christmas celebrations, let us set aside a moment to receive this wonderful gift and share it with our children and all the family. Download the Jesus, the Reason for Christmas Prayer Card and share it with your family and community.
Prayer for the Novena of Christmas Gifts
We are eternally thankful for the gifts life grants us, especially those we get from our parents and from God. Let the gift of Jesus Christ here on Earth and in our hearts remain with us forever. Download the Prayer for the Novena of Christmas Gifts Prayer Card and recite it along with your students and family members these days before Christmas.
Christmas Tree Blessing
As Advent passes its mid-point, the anticipation for Christmas grows. One of the special customs that families share during their preparation for Christmas is decorating a Christmas tree. Download a Christmas Tree Blessing Prayer Card to incorporate prayer into this custom, inviting families to recall God’s blessings as they trim their trees and place gifts below its branches.
Prayer for Christmas Giving
God has given us many gifts. The greatest gift of all is his Son, Jesus Christ. At Christmas, we often exchange gifts with loved ones. “Giving” to others who are truly in need rather than “gifting” stuff to one another seems fitting for a season focused on the great gift of love embodied in the person of Jesus. Use the Prayer for Christmas Giving Prayer Card in your religious education classroom or home. Discuss the difference between gifting and giving with children before you pray.
Prayer for Christmas Consolation
In recognition of those who are struggling with various forms of loss at this time of year, many churches are now holding “Blue Christmas” services. Download a Prayer for Christmas Consolation Prayer Card to use as a compassionate response to those whose hearts are heavy with sadness, loneliness, fear, and grief. This Catholic Christmas prayer is a great way to start a conversation with children on how we can love and support people during the season.
Christmas Prayer Service
The coming of Jesus at Christmas brings light, love, and peace into our lives. Lead students in a Christmas prayer service to focus their attention on Christmas as a celebration of peace. Share a Celebration of Peace Christmas Prayer Service, which includes a Scripture reflection and a meditation. This prayer service will help students consider the changes Jesus has brought into their lives and changes they would like to see in the world.
In Thanksgiving for Christmas Traditions
During the season of Christmas, traditions abound. Each family has traditions that make the celebration memorable and unique. Download In Thanksgiving for Catholic Christmas Traditions Prayer Card. As you pray, inviting God into each Christmas tradition, reflect on the beauty of tradition during the Christmas season.
The Hope of the World Prayer Card
It's Christmas, the time when we remember that the Son of God came and came to stay. Jesus is present among us. He loves us, and He speaks to us. Let us acknowledge his presence so we don't get confused, so we don't let the unpleasant events of everyday life blur our vision of reality. So that we can see that Jesus is here in the midst of all this uncertainty, and that we may live in the hope that with Him everything is possible.
Let us find clarity and light in Jesus Christ, He will open up the doors of hope and love for us, especially this Christmas. Download the Hope of the World Prayer Card and share it with your family.
Prayers of Christmas Past, Present, and Future
Christmas is so much more than a holiday! Each Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus long ago in Bethlehem. We celebrate that Jesus is among us today. We look to the coming of the Kingdom of peace that is both present and yet to be. Download a Prayer of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and use it in your home or parish as you reflect on ways your Christmas traditions bring together a sense of past, present, and future.
O'Antiphons Reflection & Prayers for Christmas
The O Antiphons, a tradition of prayer that marks the Octave of Advent, provide a beautiful framework for reflection in the week preceding Christmas. As holiday activities ramp up, they provide a respite in the midst of the day to consider different aspects of this sacred season. Download reflections on the O Antiphons and incorporate them into your personal reflections, as well as into your family or class activities. These seven cards can be used on a day-to-day basis throughout the Octave of Advent.
Blessing for the Birth
The birth of Jesus, or the nativity scene we place in our homes or local parish is a good reminder of the gift God gave us. The birth of Jesus changed our world. It is a gift for humankind that brings us much love and peace. That is why we are thankful to God this Christmas for his gift of Jesus who brings us peace and love.
Let the Baby Jesus be born into our hearts, so we can follow his example in the teachings he left us and continues to leave us forever and ever. Download the Blessing for the Birth Prayer Card and pass it on to others as a symbol of peace and love.
Prayer for the Family
Let us not allow distractions and decorations to draw our attention away from this grand celebration at Christmas time. Let us take a moment to value the true meaning of family and how our own family can be a place Jesus inhabits, reflecting the model given to us by the Holy Family. Let us consecrate the Holy Family as the role model in our lives and imitate the qualities learned from Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Download the Prayer for the Family Prayer Card and share it with your family and loved ones.
Printable Catholic Christmas Season Activities
Christmas Story Figures Activity
Plan an interactive primary Christmas activity in which children mold and decorate Christmas story figures. First, use the recipe to make play clay for students to use in class. Then, send the recipe and instructions for making these figures home with children to share with family members during the Christmas season. Download the Christmas Story Figures Activity now.
Christmas Acrostic Activity
Children of all ages can demonstrate what they have learned about the Christmas season with a printable acrostic poem activity, which invites them to write something about each letter in the word Christmas. Complete and decorates the poem as a class or a family and then display it as a holiday decoration. Download the Christmas Acrostic Activity in English or Spanish.
A Christmas Thank-You Activity
As you prepare your homes and religious education classrooms for the start of the season of Christmas, download A Christmas Thank-You Activity to complement lessons about the Christmas season and to draw connections between your home or religious education classroom and the larger parish community. With the A Christmas Thank-You Activity, children will decorate and write a note to thank one of these groups within the parish to express gratitude for Christmas preparations. The activity is ideal for children in the primary grades.
Generous People of Words and Deeds Activity
Now that our preparations for the Christmas season are in full swing, it would be a good idea to remember with actions his generous, unconditional dedication to us. In other words, it’s just the right time to practice generosity.
In 2Cor 9:6 St. Paul says, "Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." Let us practice what St. Paul said and sow generously to reap generously, that is to say, let us be generous in giving and thankful for receiving. Download the next activity and share it with everyone nearby (you can do it at school, at catechesis, or at home).