It doesn't occur to me to post ideas like the ones below way in advance because it really doesn't occur to me that someone might want to use these specific ideas. I am the kind of person who seeks inspiration from the blogs I read, usually inspiration to do my own thing based on an idea someone has. Sometimes, someone's idea fits perfectly with my family plans and sometimes, someone's idea is sometimes simply the avenue that the Holy Spirit chooses to make His way into my mind. So why do I post them? Those posts are really just ways for me to keep track of what I have planned and what we have done. If the Holy Spirit uses them as a means to inspire someone else, then I am happy to cooperate.
Anyway, I was inspired to come up with an alternative list of O Antiphon activities that anyone could pull off mostly with things found in the home or very close to home at the local grocery store. Here they are:
O Wisdom: Pull out a beloved book and share it with your children. Something that brought you wisdom or something that fills you with joy. Maybe a book of poetry or a prayer book, lives of the saints or a family bible.
O Lord and Ruler of the house of Israel: Graham cracker houses put together with melted white chocolate chips or peanut butter and decorated with colorful M&M's. How about drawing a picture of your house? Or maybe draw a picture of Jesus' first "house" which was humble and not very kingly at all.
O Root of Jesse: I still think root beer is the easy way to go and since my kids don't get sodas on a regular basis, they are very much enjoyed. But remember that carrots, yams, potatoes, radishes and garlic are all roots. Sounds like a delicious stew in the works! Your family has to eat anyway, right? But maybe you already have a menu plan, what about taking out a family photo album and looking at your family tree. Use it as an opportunity to discuss Jesus' family tree... the Jesse Tree.
O Key of David: Too busy to bake? Let the kids make key chain decorations for you and hubby (or grandma and grandpa) out of Sculpey, salt dough or even play dough. Too messy? Try craft foam or even just ribbon (like this one but without the doodads).
O Dawn of the East: Something orange reminds us of the dawning sun. Orange juice for breakfast, orange sherbet for dessert, or just some horizontally sliced oranges!
O King of the Gentiles: Make your own paper crown and place it in the center of your dinner table.
O Emmanuel: God is with us! Jessica linked to some fabulous free nativity scene printables. If you haven't had a chance to make one, do it today.