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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Sunday Snippetts - A Catholic Carnival

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Lots of action this week over at Visits to Candyland.
Candy ran her annual "Catholic church is the Whore of Babylon" post which we easily countered.

Another blogger wrote:
If the Church is teaching things that are contrary to scripture, persecuting God's people, and uniting itself with governments, then it is acting as the harlot of Babylon, which the reformers and earlier dissenters recognized. She is called that because she leaves the protection of her husband and unites herself with other protectors (states), seduces people by a false gospel, and kills those who do not comply. This is the picture in Revelation 17. This is what the reformers and other earlier bible christians saw and testified to. Thousands and thousands were killed for not bowing to this 'church'. This was happening for hundreds of years, up until the late 1800's. The papacy lost temporal power then, but still influenced states by concordats and other treaties in the last century and this one. I believe it will happen again, and be united with other 'church' hierarchies to persecute those who hold to the word of Christ. So I am here to give this perspective as a warning to watch for the signs of the times.

79 comments later, we're still discussing it.

A couple of thoughts.
I wonder if some churches just spend all of their time railing against Catholicism? Do they discuss anything else or is the whole source and summit of their purpose just to not be Catholic?

Secondly, I said that when I first read that comment, the words "nut case" came into my mind. That's been deleted, I apologized, but I'm just stunned by the folks who apparently just keep watch on their readers to make sure that I tow the the line, but don't seem to have any other opinion or reason for commenting. It is apparently okay to attack the Catholic Church in the most viscious or absurd manner, but to opine that such attacks are nutty, brings their rath. It's curious.

On a brighter note, this week brings the birthday of the Blessed Mother. We intend to have a white dinner, and this time we are opting for white chili, with white cake for desert!

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