Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

Preparing for Advent and Christmas

A little over a week away and we will be into Advent! An Advent Table This is my mega Advent link list for organization and activities for Advent and will be linked up at the top for easy access all advent/Christmas season.  Have a good link you want me to include? Just send the link to me at elljazz at gmail dot com.

Advent Calendars:
About homeschooling Christmas Calendar
Geneology of Jesus
Teaching mom advent calendar - this is 2008  - but still great info here!
Organized Christmas
Daily e-mails from Christian books through advent

Advent reading
Kids literature link for Advent
Father Sanders, History of the Advent Wreath
Advent Adventures

Preparing the Jesse Tree
Jesse Tree ornaments
More Jesse Tree ornaments
4Real Forums: Alternate Art Study - Jesse Trees

Prayers of the season!
Advent prayers
Audrey's links - Christian (not Catholic) links for the advent and Christmas season
A longer, but interesting read on advent prayers and traditions
Blessing of the creche from USCCB

Immaculate Conception
Mary Candle
Celebrating the Immaculate Conception

 St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas Center
Advent and Christmas Links at Domestic church.com
St. Nicholas
My del.icio.us St. Nicholas Links!
Santa Pancakes in honor of St. Nicholas Day

O Antiphon craft with altoid box!
More O Antiphon links and crafts.
Lots of O Antiphon links!

Other miscellaneous resources!
Tons of links from Catholic Mom
Lots oLinks from Love2Learn.net
Star of Bethlehem
Saints of the season - links!
My Advent Links in Diigo
Bible movies in the first weeks of Advent
St. Nicholas Party- Raphael 001 Homemade gifts and ideas via the Common Room!
 How to Save Advent
Whether to Homeschool During December or not.
 Ruth's Advent Activities and Links for Children!
Catholic Fire- 12 Tips to a Better Advent
ABC Advent saints Christmas tree ornaments
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