The Christmas season mostly occurs outside of school time. Many religious education programs follow the local school schedule and do not hold formal classes during vacation. This is unfortunate since it gives the impression that learning about and practicing our faith is something we do on a schedule rather than a daily part of our lives. Making Christmas a priority is essential to effective catechesis. Celebrating Christmas during the proper season is also a witness — a challenging one considering our culture, but one which is worth fighting for.
Summary of the Season: Printable overview of Christmas.
Epiphany: Lesson ideas and resources for celebrating the Epiphany (January 6).
Advent/Christmas Calendar: Make your own Advent/Christmas calendar incorporating all the important days from December 2, 2012 to January 13, 2013.
More Catechetical Resources & Ideas
Some Lesson Ideas:
1. Have an Epiphany party. I never have a Christmas party. They’re too common. An Epiphany party avoids having a celebration during Advent and gives you a catechetical opportunity.
2. Print out the lyrics to sacred Christmas carols. For many students, all Christmas carols are the same from Frosty to O Come, All Ye Faithful. Point out the sacred ones. Even if they’re aware of them, they may not know there are several verses! Use them for prayer, analyze their poetry, or research their authors and origins. They were written to contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation. They are beautiful and inspiring. Play some of your favorite versions of them and invite them to do the same. Ask talented students to perform them. Encourage versions in other languages as well!
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