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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Outside my window...

Getting the Christmas Tree

I am thinking...
that the electors better do the right thing and give their votes to the candidates the way the people in their districts voted.

I also think it's troubling that the left is concerned about the Russians, or whoever, hacking the election and releasing the damning e-mails - but they are not concerned about what those e-mails said! As a citizen, that's the part I find particularly troubling.

I am thankful...
for the end of advent.

I am pondering...
relationships with liberal friends in this post-Obama world. 

 Charles Krauthammer once said, To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.
If you think your opponents are evil, you tend to be okay with using tactics that you would describe as "evil" under other circumstances to fight them. If you're up people you compare to Nazis, it’s easy to tell yourself that lying to beat them isn’t so bad. If you're in a dispute with people who you believe are just too stupid to understand what's going on, you feel compelled to try to explain yourself a little better.

This week I had occasion to bump into a liberal acquaintance of mine who knew I was a conservative. This person literally used hands to cover eyes so that I would essentially be invisible. But why wouldn't they? if the liberal view truly is that conservatives are evil, then of course, you wouldn't want to look one in the eye! How sad it is that our nation remains so divided.

I am hearing...
Rosie's piano pieces for Christmas Eve! Also listening to the Christmas music we did at our concert last week.

This one was had a lot of technical things for the flute, but it really is a lovely piece with the choir.

In the kitchen...
Last night we had the Hot Spicy Chicken Dip with chips. Tonight is stew with Root Beer Floats for desert.

I am wearing...
a deep maroon velvet dress and black cover.

I am going...

One of my favorite things...

I am reading...

From the Learning Rooms...

    Adobe Spark


    Break this week but starting Great Expectations and finishing our Little House book. 

    Isadora: Senior year!

    Working on Anatomy and finishing up some Business Bath - lots of cooking to do!!

    Noah - Got his first semester report card and is very happy with his 3.46 grade point average. I'm happy with it too!

    A quote to share...
    We finished The Yearling, but I still have a few favorite quotes to share - what a great book!

    Women were all right when they cooked good things to eat. The rest of the time they did nothing but make trouble.

    Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling (Aladdin Classics) (p. 304). Aladdin. Kindle Edition.

    A picture to share...

    Santa Visit 2016

    The girls and Santa!

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    1. Lovely music! How nice to have a PEACEful moment amid all the political turmoil this week. Merry Christmas. Peace and goodwill.
      Visiting from SWDB.
      My SW Daybook – December 2016 edition


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