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 Sixth Day of Christmas -

On the Sixth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to me - Six Geese a laying!
Six geese a-laying #sixthdayofchristmas
Brian Byrnes via Flickr, licensed cc. 

This verse from the cryptic old English Hymn was a reminder to Catholics of the 6 days of creation from the Bible.  (Ann Ball, A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals)

1. The Heavens and the Earth

Chandra Peers into a Nurturing Cloud
Nasa via Flickr, licensed cc. 

2.  The Sky
Polar Mesospheric Clouds Over the South Pacific Ocean (NASA, International Space Station Science, 1/05/13)
Nasa via flickr, licensed cc. 

3.  Dry Land and Plants
GOLA ABBEY - The now-demolished church was in this field
Irish Dominican Photography via Flickr, licensed cc. 

4.  Sun, Moon and stars
Sun moon star

Ian Usher via Flickr, licensed cc.

5.  Fish birds
Cormorant Liftoff
John via Flickr, licensed cc. 

6.   Animals and man

Adam & Eve - the Fall of Humanity

Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr, licensed cc. 

Things to do:
Celebrate with an egg dish today. Eggs are traditionally a symbol of new life and creation!

Make a fun goose craft!

A prayer for the sixth day of Christmas from the Finer Feminity Blog, based on this book-