Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Here's another family Advent tradition for those with little ones. Build a simple crib for Jesus (Popsickle sticks, or an old cardboard shoe box). Get a large bag of cotton balls. Each evening, reflect on the day with your little ones and see if they had a good behavior day. If so, they get to add a cotton ball to the crib, and make it a little softer for Baby Jesus. (Sometimes it helps with the daytime behavior if you remind them during the day that unless they shape up, they won't get to put in a cotton ball that night.) Then on Christmas, you can have a little ceremony and put Baby Jesus in the soft crib that they helped to make.