November 29 marked the first Sunday of Advent for 2015, when parishes throughout Long Island and the nation lit the first candle of the Advent Wreath. This is a special time for Catholics as preparations for the birth of Jesus commence. Most Advent activities for kids are centered on the wreath. However, there are many that teach children the symbolism of the season, as they keep little hands and minds occupied until December 25. Below are directions for the Colors of Faith Christmas Tree craft, which is also pictured in the slideshow.
The Colors of Faith Christmas Tree craft is available at Oriental Trading or any craft store. It was part of a local Long Island church’s Advent activities for kids, which was distributed after Mass this past Sunday. It is simple enough for tiny hands with a bit of help, yet provides a valuable lesson for school-aged children.
The different ornaments symbolize the importance of Advent and what the colors of the season represent. Yellow signifies God’s perfect light, red represents the blood Jesus shed for us, purple represents the crown of life, black represents our sins, white signifies the cleansing of our sins, blue stands for the baptism that identifies us with Jesus, and green is the new life we have in Jesus.
The Advent activity comes in a convenient craft kit. The only glue needed is to attach the ribbon to the Colors of Faith Christmas Tree. Follow these step-by-step directions for an educational one-on-one time your child will love this Advent.
- Adhere the foam ornaments onto the yellow foam circles.
- Attach the completed ornaments to the green foam tree.
- Glue the ends of the satin ribbon to the back of the foam star.
- Stick the five small yellow gems to the points of the star.
- Adhere the completed star to the top of the Christmas Tree.
- Attach the red foam tree skirt to the bottom back of the tree.
- Finish the Advent activity for kids by decorating the foam Christmas Tree with the remaining ornaments.