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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David Anointed as King
Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr, licensed cc.

Today’s First Reading is a well-known favorite Bible story! It’s the story of the prophet Samuel going to the home of Jesse to find a new king for Israel from among his many sons. The most popular part of the tale is the selection of the youngest (and most unlikely) son, David.
But the first four lines of the story are very powerful and yet maybe a little overlooked.
The LORD said to Samuel:
“How long will you grieve for Saul,
whom I have rejected as king of Israel?
Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.

In today’s reading, God shows us how to get over the disappointment. He tells Samuel to “Fill your horn with oil and be on your way!” That’s the lesson for us too. Maybe we don’t have the best situation at home or at work. What can we do to “fill our horn” and get on the way?

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence