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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Decorating for All Saints Day -Preparing for All Saints Day Part 3

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My 12-year-old daughter, Rosie, paints little peg saints all year long, usually on their feast days, but occasionally when she reads about one that intrigues her, or when I tell her I would like a peg-statue of one saint in particular.

Since she's been doing this for a number of years now, I have quite a lot of these little peg saints, and we put them all on display for the great feast day of All Saints!

Happy all saints day.

Happy All Saints Day!

I also use cards from a collection called Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives. to display underneath my clear plastic table cloth. Old holy cards or other pictures you can find and save also work very well.



For us I put them on the table cloth and cover them with a plastic covering, that way the kids can talk about them during meals. I also put up some of the children's other holiday art including pumpkins and spiders!

All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day are a wonderful Christian time of the year. With a little thought and creativity it can make wonderful memories for families and provide our children with more education about their Catholic faith and Christian heritage as well as deepening their faith.

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Other Links:
Women for Faith and Family.
A great article by Scott Richert here.

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