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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Feast of St. Basil and 9th Day of Christmas

St Basil the Great
St. Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr, licensed cc


St. Basil was the born in Caesarea of Cappadocia in 330.  His parents were St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.  The couple had 10 children, many of whom are honored as saints including St. Macrina, St. Peter of Sebaste, Gregory of Nysia and Theosebia. 

As a young man he became friends of St. Gregory of Nazianzen. Basil studied in Caesarea, Constantinople and Athens. He eventually returned to Caesarea to teach and practice law. But he was drawn to the monastic life and started a monastery on Pontus where he wrote his famous monastic rule. 

St. Basil was eventually ordained and made Bishop of Caesaria. He earned the title "Great" and was eventually called a Doctor of the Church. 

His two most notable accompishments include victory of Nicene orthodoxy over Airanism in the Byazntine East and denunciation of Arianism at the Council of Conatntinople. Basil was noted tobe one of the great orators of Christianity.


Famous St. Basil Quote:

The bread you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold that you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor.







The Holy Spirit
Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr -  licensed cc

Today on this 9th Day of Christmas we reflect on the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit!

  • Charity  
  • joy 
  • peace 
  • patience 
  • kindness 
  • goodness
  • long suffering 
  • mildness 
  • faith 
  • modesty 
  • self-control 
  • chastity.





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