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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Outside my window...
Kind of like early spring - a Christmas rain took all the snow away and it is rather mild for the week between Christmas and New years.

I am thinking...
about changes I want to make in my life for the New Year.  With the passing of my mother and with my 50th birthday I am feeling a little more pressed for time in accomplishing everything I want to accomplish, and even figuring out what all of that is exactly.

I am thankful for...
a sensible husband and children. We had a modest Christmas but very satisfying and more importantly, very loving.

From the learning rooms...
Other than doing a unit on the state of Kansas, I think we will take the rest of the week off to recovery, regroup and reorganize.

From the kitchen...
leftovers

I am wearing...
Gray sweat suit that Mr. Pete got for me.

I am creating...
a newly organized office and classroom!

I am going...
to try to develop more discipline in my prayer life and exercise routine in the coming year. I am also going to mass today for my son Raphael, as I try to do every year on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.


I am reading...

The Divine Office for Dodos: A Step-By-Step Guide to Praying the Liturgy of the Hours



I am hoping...
to make sure that all my inventory for Mom's estate got filed all right. Who knew that a warrant for your arrest could be issued for procrastination!




I am hearing...
Mr. Pete puttering around in the kitchen.

Around the house...

quiet but happy.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
1. Walk or exercise tape every day. Started the week off right with a nice long walk with Mr. Pete!
2.  Re-organize my classroom.
3.  Update and make some resolutions for 2010. 


A picture I am sharing:  
We leave our tree up throughout the Christmas Season to Epiphany, so I get to enjoy some of our special ornaments.  Here is one of the Baby's First Christmas ornaments purchased for one of our sons.

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