Christmas traditions celebrate the joy of God’s love for us. Discover how we celebrate Advent and Christmas in the Archdiocese of Washington and learn how you can start a family tradition of your own!

Discover Kwanzaa

God’s perfect gift is Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life! The Howards share their joyous celebration of Kwanzaa and how their African heritage enlivens the truth of their faith.

Kwanzaa is a week long celebration honoring African and African American heritage within the traditions of Christmas.

Discover Simbang Gabi

God’s perfect gift is Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life! The parish at St. Columba share their joyous celebration of Simbang Gabi and how their Filipino heritage enlivens the truth of their faith.

Simbang Gabi is a 9-day novena where you pray special intentions for your family after work.

Discover Los Posadas

Lilia Leon shares how children with special needs and their families celebrate that gift with Las Posadas in the Archdiocese of Washington.

Las posadas—Spanish for “the inns”–is a nine day celebration that commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made to Bethlehem in search for refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. The celebration, popular in Mexico and various parts of the United States, included a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey, popular songs, praying the rosary, and food.

Make Your Own Advent/Christmas Traditions

Print this pdf to help come up with traditions in your own family. Traditions are a wonderful way for parents to pass a living faith to their children and keep it burning in their own hearts


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