Pre-Holiday Links and Resources -Advent 2018 and Christmas

With Thanksgiving this week, Advent is following quickly behind it!

But besides the busy preparation for Christmas, there are a lot of things we can do to really observe the season of Advent! Over the years I have collected links and resources for the holidays that I thought would help me and my family prepare our hearts and spirits to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.  I haven't done everything on this list.  Some of it is a wish list, but there was something in every link that I thought was worthwhile.

Perhaps first on the list is actually getting our homes ready for the holidays:
Holiday Grand Plan or join their Yahoo Group E-mail List Declutter and Clean!
Also DeClutter and Organize on Facebook. 

and get your planner ready~  Advent and Christmas Planner from Catholic Icing or Advent Planner from Wildflower and Marbles. 

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Triumph of the Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows some links!

Today is the Exaltation of the Cross.

A good friend lent me a cake mold in the shape of the cross and I hope to make a cross cake tomorrow. I'd like to do some art work involving the cross tomorrow as well, but I'll have to see how it goes. Luckily Gabe is scheduled to serve mass tomorrow morning and so we will get to attend mass on this glorious feast!

Here are some links to inspire you on this day where we remember the work of the Christ on his cross.

Triumph of the Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows : Family in Feast and Feria

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