Early Christian Martyrs: Make a white tunic using any kind of fabric or an old bed sheet, and tie a long sash around the waist to portray a martyr. The church uses red on martyr’s feast days, and you can reflect that by using a red sash with the tunic. Wear a longer tunic for girls (St. Lucy, St. Felicity, etc.) and knee length for boys.
Again, the genius is in the details and by doing a quick internet search for “symbols of saints” you’ll get all sorts of creative ideas. Holding a lily is a sign of purity, a palm is a symbol for martyrdom. Often martyrs are pictured with the instruments of their death (axe, arrows, sword, a pile of rocks, etc.)
I feel the need to issue a little disclaimer here – studying the lives of the martyrs is incredibly inspirational, but not for the faint of heart. If you feel your little ones may not be ready to hear gruesome tales, you’ll probably want to skip over this category until they’re just a little bit older.
There are literally thousands of examples, but some of the basics that may work well include:
- St. Stephen
- St. Maximilian Kolbe
- St. Isaac Jogues
- St. Thomas Becket
- St. Joan of Arc
- Sts. Felicity and Perpetua