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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…

Advent and Christmas Mega Links and Resources

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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 Holiday Grand Plan

and get your planner ready~   Advent planners:
Elizabeth Foss
Catholic Icing
Money Spending Expert

For more links and ideas, please see my Advent and Christmas Page at the top of this blog- see here

Also, for a wonderful music for Advent and Christmas, I recommend this new CD from the Peace Together Choir.  Mr. Pete and I both participated on this with our friends in the Peace Together Choir. Also available on Amazon!

An Advent Table

Christmas Novena:
Printable Christmas Novena Prayer!

Advent Calendars:
A spiritual Christmas Crib  New
About homeschooling Christmas Calendar
Busted Halo
Professor Carol's Advent Calendar 2015
Sun and Candlelight New!
Organized Christmas
Catholic Culture
Scripture Writing Plan - through December  New!

Planning for Advent
Wildfowers and Marbles Blog
A More Meaningful Advent  New for 2015
Catholic Cuisine- treats for Advent and Christmas
Christmas advent planner
Shower of Roses- Advent Book Basket
Shower of Roses - Advent Book Basket  New for 2016
Comfort and Joy E-Book  New for 2015
Elizabeth Foss - Most Read Aloud Time of the Year!  New for 2015
Advent Music list!  New!

Advent reading
Kids literature link for Advent
Father Sanders, History of the Advent Wreath
Advent Adventures
Catholic Culture
Eight Ways to Keep Advent
Waltzing Matilda's Huge reading list for Advent!
Legend of the Poinsettia -Review 
Christmas Mosaic, An Illustrated Book Study for Advent and Christmas

Preparing the Jesse Tree
Jesse Tree ornaments
More Jesse Tree ornaments
4Real Forums: Alternate Art Study - Jesse Trees
Jesse Tree Reflections
The Voice - Jesse Tree readings and ornament symbols. 
Praying Advent  New!
Easy Peasy- print, cut, display!!   jesse tree sybols

Prayers of the season!
Saint Andrew Novena
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe- lots of information here!
Immaculate Conception
Advent Prayers
A longer, but interesting read on advent prayers and traditions

Saints of the Season
Our Lady of Guadalupe
St. Lucy   New!
Printable Catholic Advent saints!  via Catholic Icing  New!

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Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception Cake 2012
Celebrating the Immaculate Conception

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 St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas Center
Advent and Christmas Links at Domestic
St. Nicholas
My St. Nicholas Links!
St. Nicholas - from Shower of Roses  New!
St. Nicholas Day Cookies from Holland New!

St. Nicholas throw

O Antiphon craft with altoid box!
More O Antiphon links and crafts.
Lots of O Antiphon links!
O Antiphons from Catholic Icing
O Antiphons Chants and readings  New!
Cool code behind the O Antiphons - via Adam's Ale  
The Golden Nights  New!
O Antiphon coloring pages  New!
O Antiphon braceletNew!

A Stack of Gold for Epiphany  New!
The 12 days of Christmas - party idea!
Celebrating Epiphany - Shower of Roses New!

Preparing for Candlemas

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Other miscellaneous resources!
A Catholic Life 
Advent and Christmas Favorites- Shower of Roses  New!
Advent Planner from Catholic Icing   New!
Advent Symbols  New!
Advent Thoughts
Catholic Fire - Resource Guide
Catholic Mom Lesson Plans
Celebrate Advent Well   New!
Count Down to Christmas - Paper Chain   New!
Tons of links from Catholic Mom

Cherished Hearts at Home - lots of links!
Family in Feast and Fiera 
Grief and Loss over the Holidays  New!
Stress Free Advent  New
Lots oLinks from
Matthew Kelly - Advent Inspiration  New!
Star of Bethlehem
Shower of Roses- Sample Christmas Mosaiac Reading Basket New
My Advent Links on Diigo
Bible movies in the first weeks of Advent
Homemade gifts and ideas via the Common Room!
How to Save Advent
The Barest of Advents  New!
Whether to Homeschool During December or not.
Ruth's Advent Activities and Links for Children!
Catholic Fire- 12 Tips to a Better Advent  
Catholic FIre-12 Tips for Making Advent More Spiritual.
Catholic Fire - 15 ways to Pump up Your Prayer Life  New
ABC Advent saints Christmas tree ornaments

CD's and MP3 downloads are available here and also on Amazon

This is what we're doing for a Jesse Tree this year.  It's more of a vine and every day I add a new bible story.

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