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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How we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption

There are lots of really great ideas for celebrating feast days on line - but sometimes due to the demands of family life, simple is better. Such was the way for us this year with the Feast of the Assumption. Mr. Pete is working two jobs 16 hour days so that kind of puts a damper on the celebration part. Nonetheless Izzy prepared this beautiful cake for the feast day.

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and when all else fails, at least have a lovely table or Marian shrine. I used the statue that I inherited from my mother, that she inherited from her mother and that I am sure is 60 years old if not older! I backed that up with the lovely rose special at the local grocery store that I got a deal on with my loyalty card!

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That with a brief review of what the feast really means helped to seal it into young minds and hearts.

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