Advent Begins, December 1, 2019
Preparation, Anticipation, Reconciliation, Joy
Anticipation–“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
For Parents to Teach to Their Children
This month– December 1, 2019 to Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019–Advent leads us to the “Coming” of Christ, the Messiah. It is a time of preparation, excitement, and joyful anticipation. Children love the build up to Christmas morning. This Advent season, art, music, and literature help children learn more about Jesus, and His humble beginning in Bethlehem.
Our Art Gallery
“Advent Candles, Star of Bethlehem, The Nativity”
Excerpt from, “The First Christmas Night” Pages-50-51.
“One day there was great excitement in the marketplace of Nazareth. A decree had gone out from Rome for the whole world to be enrolled. August Caesar, the Roman Emperor, who ruled over the greater part of the known world, wanted to find out how many people he governed that he might know the extent of his power, and how much he could tax his subjects. The Jews who were subject to him, were to go to the city
or town which was the home of their ancestors, and there give in their names and take an oath of fidelity to Caesar…This decree of Caesar filled them (the Nazarenes) with indignation. ‘Why should all men be disturbed and set on foot for his foolish whim?’ they cried. ‘O, that the Messiah would come quickly to free His people from the yoke of the wicked empire, and make all His enemies His footstool as David said!'”
Our Advent Prayers–From MagnifiKid!
Pages 12-13, December 1, 2019 Vol. 17. Part 1. Section 2
“In the name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
“Let us joyfully prepare for the coming of Jesus.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the
beginning, is now, and will be forever.
“Lord, give me strength to turn back
to you with all my heart.”
“In the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
You are the God of life.
You saved Noah and
his family from Death.
You made a covenant with him
all of his descendants.
Give me your spirit so that
I may choose life.
Give me your spirit so that
I may be a sign of your covenant.
Give me your spirit so that
I may prepare for your coming.”
Our Art Projects–Painting Advent Wreaths
This Advent wreath is made using acrylic paints for children and is a collage constructed on a print of purple columns. Feel free to paint all the decorations directly onto the base print. Or, you can cut strips, cut from watercolor paper, to create the five candles–3 purple, 1 pink, and 1 white. I painted the strips for the candles with my finger. For the wreath, I painted strips and used a small sponge-tip on a stick for painting on the “evergreens.” When the strips are dry, glue them into place. For the individual “flames,” draw “tear-drops,” cut them out of watercolor paper, then paint with red, yellow and orange paint, smeared on with your finger. When dry, glue them onto the candles. You can also add a flame to “light” each candle on the collage as the weeks progress. For the decorative circles on the evergreens, I used a large-size hole punch on some gold “painting scraps” I had, then glued them onto the “wreath.” You can make this as simple or complicated as you wish. I had fun making this!
Here is how to make one painting and three copies:
1. Squirt an Oreo-size glob of both white liquid glue and liquid acrylic paint onto a paper plate, for the back ground color.
2. Mix with brush and start painting the watercolor paper, rapidly. You can make stripes or any design you like on the glue/paint mixture.
3. When done, quickly place a new, clean sheet of watercolor paper on top of the wet, first sheet.
4. Press down, all over, with your hands, then peel off.
5. Repeat twice or three times depending on how mach paint is still on original sheet of paper.
6. Let all sheets of paper dry completely, then decorate or paint as desired.
Expect that the sheets of paper will look different with each printing. Feel free to add anything you’d like to the prints–gold paint, cut-outs, new paintings, etc. If something doesn’t work as you wish, let dry, then cut up to make a collage out of one or more of the sheets of paper. This is a great project for learning that mistakes can become something beautiful! The three prints at the very top of the page are all collages based on the same printed background.
Our Materials and Process
Watercolor Advent Wreath– to Add a Flame Each Week
One page of watercolor paper and a set of watercolors is all that’s needed for this four-week painting. Each week, one candle on the painting is “lit” by painting in the flame. New details can be added each week to the wreath, until the painting is complete by week four. This year we have only one day of the fourth week of Advent, as the following day is Christmas Eve and Advent is over.
Our Materials and Methods
In addition to a large, wide paintbrush, have a small brush for making fine little details. I also like using a round sponge on a post to add texture to the background. Twirl the round sponge in the watercolor cake the make dots all over the background in the same color used while painting earlier with a brush. I like to add splatter on a dry painting by rubbing a toothbrush (dedicated to be an art tool) and rubbing my finger over the bristles, onto the painting to create a splatter effect. If you feel you have too much paint anywhere, use a dry tooth brush to “erase the excess paint. It works very well. Have fun!
Suggested Homework Activities–Week Twelve–Week One of Advent
This week bring an Advent wreath with 3 purple candles, one rose candle for week three, and one white candle for lighting the other candle. Read the prayers, above, from MagnifiKid! with your children. Read from a Catholic Children’s Bible, your family Bible or on-line from USCCB.org about the birth 0f Jesus:
USCCB.org Luke, chapter 2:1-14
“The Birth of Jesus.”
* In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus* that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,a
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.b
While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son.* She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.c
* Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.d
The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
* e For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
* ‘Glory to God in the highestf
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'”
Note* The numbers, letters and markings are for footnotes explaining the meaning and significance of the Bible passage at the end. This is for additional study. Click on the link above for the USCCB.org page.