In this booklet, you’ll find all the Bible passages, prayers, songs, and devotions that our family uses throughout the month of December to enhance our family prayer life and our liturgical living in the home. All the Catholic All Year monthly prayer booklets are designed to be used year after year.
I created this booklet to keep from having to wade through all the different versions of prayers available online, and because I really prefer paper over screens when I’m praying. For all the history, tradition, and backstories surrounding these prayers, blessings, and devotions and the feast days to which they are attached, please consult the Catholic All Year Compendium.
Advent and the new Catholic liturgical year begin on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Andrew on November 30, which, despite what every Advent calendar thinks, is rarely on December 1. So you’ll find pre-Advent prayers, and instructions for making an Advent wreath in the Catholic All November Booklet.
This booklet includes everything you’ll need for a prayerful Advent and beginning of the Christmas season, including the Christmas Anticipation Prayer, the Immaculate Conception Novena, weekly Advent wreath prayers, an order for the at home blessing of a manger or nativity scene, a Christmas tree, and wine, and a few Advent and Christmas hymns.
A printable booklet of Hymns and Carols for Advent and Christmas is available here, and also as a paperback on Amazon.
You’ll also find prayers, devotions, Bible readings, songs, poems, and historical documents for Advent and Christmas saints including Saint Nicholas, Saint Ambrose, Saint Juan Diego, Our Lady of Loreto, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint Lucy, Saint John of the Cross, Saints Adam and Eve, Saint Stephen, the Holy Innocents, and the Holy Family.
The month of December is dedicated to Our Lady, Immaculately Conceived, as is the United States of America. In honor of her feast day on December 8, you’ll find prayers including a renewal of the consecration to the Immaculate Conception.
Separate booklets are available with the Christmas Novena, an At Home Nativity Play, and Hymns and Carols for Advent and Christmas.
It’s a busy time of year, so be sure to choose the prayers, devotions, and activities that work for your family, schedule, season of life, and temperament. You don’t have to do it all!
Available in a paperback version on Amazon.
See the December Booklet Bundle here.
A booklet of just the Immaculate Conception Novena is available here, the Advent Wreath Prayers are available here, the Christmas Novena is available here in a new NABRE version and here in an old-timey Douay-Rheims version, and the At Home Nativity Play script is available here. in case you’d like to be able to print those separately. An extended license for group use is available here.
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Included in this month’s booklet are:
Letter From the Author
Grace + Christmas Anticipation Prayer
Advent Wreath Blessing & Prayers
O Come O Come Emmanuel
Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Immaculate Conception Novena
December 6—Saint Nicholas
The Nicene Creed
December 7—Saint Ambrose
December 8—Immaculate Conception
Renewal of Consecration of the US
December 9—Saint Juan Diego
December 10—Our Lady of Loreto
Litany of Loreto
December 12—Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 13—Saint Lucy
This Little Light of Mine
December 14—Saint John of the Cross
Gaudete Sunday/Bambinelli Sunday
Blessing of a Manger or Nativity Scene
December 24—Christmas Eve/Saints Adam & Eve
Blessing & Lighting of a Christmas Tree
Prayer Before Baby Jesus in the Manger
Hymns: Silent Night/Away in a Manger
December 25—Christmas/the Nativity of the Lord
The Twelve Days of Christmas
December 26—Saint Stephen
Prayer for Deacons and other Ministers
Good King Wenceslas
December 27—Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist
Blessing of Wine/Drinking the Love of Saint John
Prayers for Priests
December 28—The Holy Innocents
Altar Server’s Prayer
Feast of the Holy Family
You get a 60 page pdf file, that can be printed as individual pages, but I recommend opening the pdf in Adobe (there is a free version available for download here) and printing it as a booklet on 15 pieces of paper. For best results print on high quality paper (like 24 weight). Lighter weight paper will work, but there will be more show through from the back.
Your purchase entitles you to print this booklet as many times as you’d like for your own household’s personal use. Please do not share the digital files or print the booklet for others. Thank you! For an extended license, that allows printing the items from one listing for classrooms, groups, or extended family, please see this listing.
- December Booklet Bundle including 2-10 below
- Catholic All December Prayer Booklet
- Immaculate Conception Booklet
- Hymns and Carols for Advent and Christmas
- Prayer After Grace for December I (Christmas Anticipation Prayer)
- Prayer After Grace for December II (Miraculous Medal Prayer)
You might also enjoy:
- Grace Before and After Meals (free!)
Advent and Christmas Posters and Printables:
- 8×10 Christmas Anticipation Prayer in Purple printable
- Christmas Anticipation Prayer poster
- For God So Loved the World John 3:16 Christmas Nativity printable and coloring page
- O Come O Come Emmanuel Chalkboard printable
- O Come O Come Emmanuel Chalkboard poster
Advent and Christmas Booklets:
- Advent Wreath Prayers Printable Booklet
- At Home Nativity Play Script Booklet
- Christmas Novena Booklet (in Douay Rheims and NABRE versions)
- In a Christmasy Bundle of all three booklets for personal use.
- In a Bundle for group/classroom use.
2020 Liturgical Year Wall Calendars:
- Monthly Devotions printable pdf
- Monthly Devotions print version
- Marian Devotions printable pdf
- Marian Devotions print version
- Monthly Prayers printable pdf
- Monthly Prayers print version
The text of these traditional prayers are in the public domain. Newer prayers are cited where possible.
Many included prayers and devotions can be found at Catholic Culture, my favorite online resource for Catholic prayers, traditions, and devotions.
The daily collect prayer for feast days not featured in this booklet can be found online here.
Illustrations are from various editions of the Roman Missal that are out of copyright, and other vintage books similarly out of copyright.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament and Revised Psalms © 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
This compilation is copyright Kendra Tierney 2019, all rights reserved.
For more liturgical living ideas, check out www.CatholicAllYear.com
and The Catholic All Year Compendium, available wherever books are sold.
In case you’re wondering . . . this month’s photo props can be found at the links below.
Advent Wreath Jar Candles from Target in purple and in pink
Santa Mug was from Dollar Tree in 2017. It’s not currently available online, but might be in stores. A similar one is available here.
Journey to Bethlehem statue from Catholic Free Shipping.
Dragon Goblet for St. John available here
Saint Nicholas vinyl doll by Shining Light Dolls
Saint Ambrose Folk Byzantine Icon on Wood by ADHGifts
Other items are vintage or not available online.