My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Advent and Christmas Resources and Link Up

Advent and Christmas Links and Link Up
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.

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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!

and get your planner ready~  Advent and Christmas Planner from Catholic Icing or Catholic Planner from Wildflowers and Marbles.

Advent Music Playlist:
Carrots for Candlemas  

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

Feast of Christ the King
Christ the King

Christmas Novena:
Printable Christmas Novena Prayer!
Saint Andrew

Advent Calendars:
A spiritual Christmas Crib
Busted Halo
Professor Carol's Advent Calendar
Sun and Candlelight
Organized Christmas
Catholic Culture  1, 2 and 3
Scripture Writing Plan - through December
Advent Calendar - Catholic Mom!

Planning for Advent
Wildfowers and Marbles Blog
A More Meaningful Advent
Catholic Cuisine- treats for Advent and Christmas
Shower of Roses- Advent Book Basket
Shower of Roses - Advent Book Basket  New for 2016
Comfort and Joy E-Book  2015
Christmas Trees, Christmas Carols, and our attempts at Advent  New
25 Ways to Brighten Advent  New!

Advent reading
Elizabeth Foss - Most Read Aloud Time of the Year! 
Advent- Everything You Need to Know  - New!
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 Mosaiac, An Illustrated Book Study for Advent and Christmas
Shower of Roses- Sample Christmas Mosaiac Reading Basket 

Everyday Graces

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. 
Easy Peasy- print, cut, display!!   jesse tree sybols

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

Saints of the Season

Saint Andrew
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe - lots of information here!
St. Lucy
Printable Catholic Advent saints!  via Catholic Icing 

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Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception Cake 2012
Celebrating the Immaculate Conception
The Immaculate Conception

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 St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas Center
Advent and Christmas Links at Domestic
St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas - from Shower of Roses
St. Nicholas Day Cookies from Holland
St. Nicholas- 10 facts!  
St. Nicholas throw

Movies of the Season!
A Christmas Carol Literature Guide!
A Christmas Carol - George C. Scott
Scrooge 1970 Albert Finney!   My Personal Favorite
A Christmas Carol - 1938 - Gene Lockhart - One of the best!

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
Cool code behind the O Antiphons - via Adam's Ale  
O Antiphons- Shower of Roses!  New!
The Golden Nights 
O Antiphon coloring pages  
O Antiphon bracelet
O Antiphon companion  
O Antiphons Start
O Adonai - Day 2
O Clavis David 
O Rex Gentium
O Oriens
O Emmanuel 

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  
Advent Symbols  New!
Advent Thoughts Advent
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 
Advent Resources - Family in Feast and Fiera
Grief and Loss over the Holidays  New!
Stress Free Advent  New
Lots oLinks from
Matthew Kelly - Best Advent Ever
Star of Bethlehem

My Advent Links on Diigo
Bible movies in the first weeks of Advent
How to Save Advent
The Barest of Advents  New!
Whether to Homeschool During December or not.
Ruth's Advent Activities and Links for Children!
ABC Advent saints Christmas tree ornaments
12 Days of Christmas  New!

Happy Holiday Break Celebrate Party Enjoyment Concept

Life of a Homeschool is hosting Homeschooling through the Holidays

Join us November 1st-December 22nd, as 50 bloggers bring you different resources and ideas for embracing homeschooling during the holidays! Each week day, you will find one or two new homeschooling through the holidays posts published right here on

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.