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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Simple Woman

Outside my window...
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This is what it sort of looks like around here now.

I am thinking...
of how peaceful Christmas can be if you just concentrate on Advent first!!! Mr. Pete and I don't get bogged down in a lot of Christmas shopping. We get a few things for the kids and some loved ones and then enjoy the time - not the stuff!!

I am thankful for...
all the people in my life, family and dear friends. That is what makes the holiday season special.

From the learning rooms...
 The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with Noah and Gabe this week. We will also start the Screwtape Letters which  Sam starts on Huck Finn!  I'm doing something a little different as far as writing goes. Gabe will be taking an intensive online 10 day course with CurrClick.   Very affordable at $60 considering four years ago I paid a teacher $40 a month for a year to teach Sam the very same thing!!  We'll see how it goes.

From the kitchen...
Pot roast tonight. White dinner tomorrow for the feast of the Immaculaet Conception.

I am wearing...
Black pants and a gray shirt I hate but I need to do some laundry

I am creating...
Memories this week- tonight the boys sing for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which will be extra special for us as our new pastor will be installed.  Tomorrow we are having an all white dinner to celebrate the feast day.  Saturday will be Mexican fare to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe.

I am going...
order my Christmas cards tomorrow!!

I am reading...
Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book:4th Edition 2005
The Divine Office for Dodos: A Step-By-Step Guide to Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

I am hoping...
to be more peaceful and prayerful during this Advent season.  I am also hoping that Calvin will find his way in life.

I am hearing...
buzzing in my ears - again.

Around the house...

everyone is still sleeping!  

A few plans for the rest of the week:
1. Walk or exercise tape every day.
2.  Get the house in order at least the basement and first floor.
3.  Put the Christmas tree out at Raphael's grave site and think of someway to decorate Mom's niche?

A picture I am sharing:
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Christmas card 2009

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