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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Preparing for Pentecost

The Feast of Pentecost is upon us this Sunday! A time to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church.

In my home, I put the lacy tablecloth of Easter away and bring back the red!

Buy a clear bowl at the craft store, fill it with water and floating candles.  This is a picture of the first bowl I purchased - note the curved sides - that turned out to be a really bad idea as the heat from the candles cracked it during dinner and water went everywhere!

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Then we searched holy cards and the internet to make sure each one of the apostles was accounted for, as well as Mary.

We trimmed them and glued them to the glass bowl and then went over the entire thing with Mod Podge!
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Straight sided bowel worked much better!
Here are the saints with the water and the candles.
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The idea is that the floating candles are like the tongues of fire that hung over the apostles head at Pentecost.
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Some other ideas!
Pentecost coloring pages
Pentecost cake idea
Fruits of the spirit - fruit salad!  With the 7 fruits of course! One for each gift of the holy spirit.
Catholic icing pentecost craft ideas

Follow Elena LaVictoire's board Pentecost on Pinterest.

Pentecost 2008, 2009