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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The Prayer Basket - praying for souls in purgatory

When my mother passed away in 2009, I discovered that all of her prayer books had little holy cards in them. Mom saved them so that she could pray for those people. I was starting to have quite a collection of such cards myself! But I wanted a more centralized way to keep these momentoes. I also wanted to be able to keep them in a special way so that I would remember to pray for them.

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That is how I came up with a prayer basket to hold all of these special cards.

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I picked the one pictured because it reminded me of autumn and winter. I also liked the asymmetry and unfinished look of it.

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Then I carefully filled it with prayer cards and even obituaries.

During the month of November, I keep this basket on our counter with a candle lit beside it. This reminds us all to pray for our loved ones during this month.

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Here are some of those very special cards.

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