We are beginning our final week of Advent. I always love teaching, but teaching about Advent is one of my favorite religion lessons!
We started by talking about seasons, which we have been working on for 2 months, and then talk about seasons of the Church.
We have Lent, Advent, Christmas, Easter, Ordinary Time. They all know Easter, for sure, but now they’re learning about Advent.
What happens during Advent?
For one thing, Father Freddie wears purple vestments. Different colors mark the different seasons of the church.
For another, we set up Advent wreaths and light another candle every week. Our big wreath is in the middle of the carpet on the floor. During Jesus Time, we sit around it. The children note the different colors of the candles nestled in the greens.
We talk about how the 4 candles represent 4 weeks until Christmas.
The 3 purple candles mean remind us to pray and do nice things as we prepare for Christmas. The rose candle (burned on the 3rd “Gaudete” Sunday, last week) invites us to feel extra joy because we are halfway through Advent. Father Freddie wears rose vestments on this Sunday!
Finally, Advent is a time of waiting for something very special. We’re waiting for someone special. Who?
I tell the children they can NOT say Santa! The one who is coming is more important. They fidget. Then they start to get it. Yes, it’s Baby Jesus who will come! ❤