Enjoy your time off with your family and friends this holiday season, but come back ready to share the joy of Christmas after the break is over! In the Catholic liturgical calendar, Christmas begins on Christmas Eve night and extends to the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The “twelve days of Christmas” last from Christmas to the feast of the Epiphany, but the season actually extends to the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.

What a great opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas: Emmanuel, God-is-with-us! 

So get excited about sharing the Christmas joy with your students when you return (but don’t feel like you have to play those Christmas songs anymore!)

Engaging Faith Christmas Resources for Teachers

If you’re looking for ideas, try these Engaging Faith Christmas resources:

Christmas Break Homework Assignments

Christmas Prayer Service for Peace

Infancy Narratives Assignment

Prayer for the Holy Innocents

Happy New Year: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Comparing Accounts of Jesus’ Baptism

American Saints and Blesseds: Elizabeth and Seton (January 4) and John Neumann (January 5)

St. André Bessette: The First Holy Cross Saint (January 6)

Merry Christmas from all of us at Ave Maria Press!

Celebrate the Christmas Season

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