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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Saving the rest of Advent

We are in the last weeks of Advent and once again I feel as if I have been blown about in preparation - shopping, cleaning, baking, singing, arts and crafting, performing, driving. And yet the deep, spiritual, quiet of the Advent season is eluding me. I tend to have an "all or nothing" tendency. So if I blow my diet on Monday night, I'm done for the rest of the week! or if I skip a day or two in my "Read the bible in a year" efforts,I'm likely not to pick it up again until New Year's Day!

 But a couple of years ago I realized that even if I don't eat perfectly today, there's always tomorrow, and if I'm using my one year bible, the year can start anytime I want it to!! I found that kind of attitude to be so much more liberating and enjoyable, and it increased my chances of being successful because I was more apt to keep trying!

 I think it's the same way with Advent. If stringing lights, buying presents and wrapping them, or baking has kept you from being as spiritually in the season as you want to be, here are some ways I think might help you salvage it!

 1. Go to daily mass. Maybe not daily, but even if you get one extra mass in a week it will make you feel like you have taken a step in the right direction!

 2. Get to confession. Nothing says "clean slate" better than... well a clean slate! So get to confession and make a fresh start from there!

 3. Pick an online Advent Calendar, breeze through the days you missed and start off with renewed committment tomorrow! There are some nice ones on my Advent Page. 

4. Today is the feast of St. John of the Cross, and make it a special devotional day for you to start preparing for the spirituality of Christmas. His Dark Night of the Soul - is here.

5. Analyze your Christmas preparations. Maybe you've done enough already. Remember the first Christmas was in a barren, cold cave. Maybe you have enough decorations, maybe you've bought enough gifts. Remember, the gifts that matter the most are ones that come from the heart, not the pocketbook!


 



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  1. I have to agree with the daily mass recommendation. I'm really picking up the revised liturgy this week having been there.

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