Free magnetic advent printable of the Christ Child | Handmade PaPer FloweRs by Maria Noble

Free magnetic advent printable of the Christ Child

Preparing the manger is the practice of preparing a soft bedding in the manger for the Christ Child by using little wisps of straw as tokens of prayers and good works performed through the penitential season of Advent. This is originally a French custom that quickly spread to other countries. Every night the child is allowed to put in the crib one straw for each act of devotion, good work or sacrifice performed. "Thus the Christ Child, coming on Christmas Day, finds an ample supply of tender straw to keep Him warm and to soften the hardness of the manger's boards" (Francis Weiser,Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, 1958). 

advent printable christ child magnet
With this theme in mind to get a heads up here is a free magnetic printable of the Christ Child for your refrigerator door with a wreath of flowers around him.

The idea is similar.The printable is useful for  kids to motivate to be kind to each and to offer up good works as we do for advent and each good works gets one flower moved up to Child Jesus to finally create a full wreath! Great motivator and you will soon have sibling rivalry on who get the more roses for Advent...

How to:

1.Download the free printable here.

2.Use one magnetic sheet from Staples to print it out using 8 by 10 inches link here if you want to buy it. Any print shop should be able to print it for you too on magnetic sheet too..

3.Cut it out carefully separating the Christ Child and the roses.

4.Motivate them often to offer up their good works each day and restart once wreath if formed!

To round off here is a Holiday Song to Our Infant

Holy Infant
Little feet come, pattering down,
Little feet,of the, Lord of the World,
O Sweet Mary, when did you know,
This little feet is the feet of our King?

Angel rejoicing,birds are singing,
Holy Son,Born to be King,
Arms enfolding,holding him tight,
Little Heaven, is now on Earth

O sweet Joy,what Grace is given,
God has made his Son to be born!
Holy Infant,we place at Thy Feet,
All our sorrows and our joys!

Little feet come, pattering down,
Little feet,of the, Lord of the World,
Grant from Heaven,Holy Grace,
Holy Son, Born to be King!

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