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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7-Quick Takes

  Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.

1. I have thoroughly enjoyed having two weeks with no homeschooling! Especially this week when I also didn't have any rehearsals or performances! I really needed this break!

2. I got the last of my Christmas Cards out last night- don't laugh- it is only the 6th day of Christmas! I actually find it very freeing not to have to try to get all of those out before Christmas Day. I really got to give some attention on it!

3. I watched Easy A  from Red Box the other night.  It wasn't actually too bad (as teen flicks go) and actually was pretty good at illustrating how peer pressure and gossip works.  My homeschooled kids are a little naive about that.

4. This is ironic. A facebook friend blocked me - not for anything I did or said, but because I think she was embarrassed about what she was writing in front of me! 

5.  Rosie has learned how to click off windows.  She is quite adept at it. If I am working or typing, or goofing off online she can easily sneek up behind me, grab the mouse and.. CLICK!!

6.  The nice thing is, I can now have her turn off the computers in the house and I don't have to worry about it.  It's a job she likes doing.

7.  I heard this exchange between Izzy and her friend Tamera in the car last week after the kids' bell choir played for Christmas Eve Mass.  This was only their second performance and although they did a good job, parts were a little rocky.

Izzy - "Tamera, you really messed up that song."

Tamera - "Izzy, how could I mess it up.  I didn't even know where I was!"
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