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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My Dearest Daughter

In 1958 my mother got married and moved across the country. These are the letters written to her, mainly by her mother, between 1958 and 1960. Others in the series are in my file.

My Grandma's letter to Mom stopped during December and January 1958. I'm not sure if she didn't write or if these were just lost. Grandma did make a trip to visit my mom in Christmas of that year, so there wouldn't be any letters while they were together. I am going to wait until next month to start posting those again.

This week I want to do something a little bit different and showcase one of my grandmother's talents- sewing. When I was a little girl my grandma made a lot of my clothes. My sister and I had so many matching outfits made by my grandmother's hand.

Easter circa 1965

She even made our first communion dresses. I literally wore my first communion dress until it got too small and had a hole in it! I loved that dress so much.


The only piece that I have now though is a dress that grandma made for my Barbie doll. She bought Barbie dolls for my sister and me in the early 1960s. They have that Jackie Kennedy sort of hairdo. The dress my Barbie is wearing is one that she made from scraps left over from a dress she made for my mom. This was before serger sewing machines were around. There is no hand sewing on this dress, she did it all with her machine, although she did sew the back of the dress up by hand so that I couldn't take the dress off and loose it - something that I might do again as Rosie keeps taking it off.

The dress really reminds me how much my grandma loved me - to see those tiny dress pieces and sewn them together is sure a reminder of that to me.

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