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Christmas

«For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord»
                                                                     Luke 2:11

Christmas: The expected one is here!

During Advent, our proposal was to contemplate Mary, as a living tabernacle, who kept Jesus and brought him to us. This Christmas, the proposal is to receive Jesus with joy but at the same time with depth. To understand that He is the light of the world who comes to enlighten all peoples and makes them brothers and sisters. Therefore, we invite you to get to know some Christmas traditions from different cultures of the world, many of them have enriched our parish community and have made us a more diverse family, which fits all within the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

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6 Christmas facts you may not have known...
 

Although Christmas is celebrated practically all over the world, there are some curiosities that may surprise you. Here are some that catch our attention:

  1. Not all Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25. Our Orthodox Christians celebrate it on January 7.
     

  2. The Christmas tree has meaning: its evergreen leaves remind us of eternal life, the triangular shape, the Holy Trinity, the lights represent that Jesus is the Light of the World, the spheres, the gifts of God. The wood of the tree recalls the cross of Jesus.
     

  3. The most famous carol in the world is Silent Night, composed by the Austrian Franz Xaver Gruber in 1818. In fact, it is estimated that it has been recorded more times: almost 800, since 1978.
     

  4. Celebrating Christmas was illegal from 1659 to 1681, as it was considered by the American colonists as a pagan holiday. In Massachusetts the fine was 5 shillings for celebrating it.

     

  5. Eating turkey at Christmas is a tradition of Mexican origin.
     

  6. Christmas is not a day but a season. It does not end on December 25. Catholics celebrate Christmas until the feast of the Baptism of Jesus (usually the Sunday after Epiphany).

Around the world in one Christmas!

Vocations

In different countries of the world, Christmas is celebrated in very special ways. Let's travel around the most special traditions of the planet! In addition, many of Sacred Heart Rowlett's parishioners come from other countries and experience them this way. 

United States

 In the United States the Catholic tradition has many precious customs such as attending the Midnight Mass or announcing the birth of Jesus from the Catholic Martyrology, decorating and blessing the Christmas tree.

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And for kids...

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Baby Jesus letter!

Write a beautiful letter to Baby Jesus, telling him how much you love him. Bring it to Christmas Mass and put it in the offertory that we will place in front of the altar. You can also draw a picture of it! 

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Christmas Craft

Tell everyone that Jesus is born by placing this craft in a window!
You can put an LED candle behind it.

Materials

  • A black cardboard

  • Cellophane paper of the color you like (we have chosen orange)

  • Glue stick

  • Adhesive tape

  • Pencil, white or yellow if possible

  • Scissors

  • An LED candle (only this type of candle can be used)

  • An adult willing to help
     

  1. Download the template and print it with your home printer and paste it on the black cardboard. Carefully and with the help of an adult, cut out the silhouette of the Nativity Scene.D

  2. Place the silhouette on the cellophane paper and stick it with the adhesive tape.

  3. Tape it on a window or place it on a table. Put an LED candle on the back.

IMPORTANT!

As you make this craft, listen to carols that speak about Jesus.

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Christmas Playlist

Music at Christmas is a must. 
Today we propose very special music that lifts the heart, some with more modern rhythms, in English and Spanish.

 

 

Chris Tomlin - He Shall Reign Forevermore (Live)

Kari Jobe - When Hope Came Down

Pentatonix Christmas Songs

Danielle Rose - Star Of Bethlehem

Marian Grace - Behold The Mystery

Batah - Emmanuel

Hakuna - Lo imposible

Marcela Gael -Mi Niño Jesús

Athenas - Niño Dios

Pablo Martínez - Dios anduvo en pañales

And if you know a song that you really like, share it with us!

Any additional questions?

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