Christmas Consumers

By |2017-09-07T01:15:57+10:00March 10th, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Jesus tells us that we cannot serve two masters, God and money. How did we end up with Christmas becoming so commercialised? Catholic families the world over have creatively approached their Christmas traditions to help raise their children in the true spirit of the event. CathFamily editor, Kiara Pirola interviewed Ron & Kathy Feher about

Gingerbread Nativity

By |2017-09-06T06:36:14+10:00May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Give the Christmas tradition of a gingerbread house a more spiritual twist by making a ginger bread nativity instead! We've put together some instructions for a 'basic model' that any one can do. However you can design and plan your gingerbread nativity to be as elaborate as you like! Download the handout, or print this

Twelve Ways to Say ‘I Love You’

By |2015-06-16T04:02:49+10:00March 28th, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the spirit of the Christmastide, here are twelve ways to communicate your devotion to your honey. Use a dry erase marker to leave a message on your bathroom mirror. Write a love note, roll it up and insert it into a balloon. Decorate the balloon with markers. Using a deck of cards (in order),

Twelve Days of Christmas

By |2018-12-17T14:38:18+10:00March 26th, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Christmas is a season not a day. Here are some ideas to make the Christmas spirit last... Beginning on Christmas day and ending on the Feast of the Epiphany (6th January) Christmastide is an ancient tradition, marking celebrations for twelve days. In the Middle Ages, it was a time of continuous feasting and revelry. It

Gingerbread Jesse Tree Cookies

By |2017-10-25T04:51:24+10:00March 15th, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Make your family Jesse Tree even more appetising by creating edible ornaments! This is great fun for kids and is also perfect for morning teas after Mass on Sundays during Advent or as a special Christmas gift. Materials: A favourite gingerbread recipe, or try this one we found from taste.com Royal Icing. If you have never made this before, check out

Jesse ‘Tea’ Party

By |2017-09-06T06:09:44+10:00March 14th, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Why not host a tea party with an Advent flavour? Serve Gingerbread cookies with Jesse Tree symbols, or draw inspiration from the following ideas: Adam’s Apple- cut apples into thin ‘chips’ Noah’s Ark- remove the flesh of 1/2 a watermelon, fill it with watermelon balls Abraham’s Star- use star fruit Isaac’s Bundle of Sticks- use

The Jesse Tree

By |2017-09-06T06:09:11+10:00March 12th, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Get into the spirit of Advent with your family with this guide to Jesus’ Family Tree. Contemplating God’s Family & Ours Children learn about love from being loved, and for most of us that love comes from our families. We develop our sense of identity, purpose, security and belonging largely from our families. It’s no different