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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Preparing for St. Patrick's Day



Sts. Joseph and Patrick

Many people don't seem to understand that St. Patrick was really British!- born and raised in Britain around 460 AD, kidnapped by raiders at the age of 16 and then taken to Ireland. There Patrick worked as a slave, tending the sheep for his master and spending many lonely days thinking about God and missing his family.

After six years he was told in a dream that a boat was ready to take him home.  Patrick simply left his position and walked to the coast, found the boat and returned to Britain.  But it wasn't long before Patrick had another dream encouraging him to return to Ireland and to spread the Gospel to the people there.

After reuniting with his family, Patrick went to Auxerre, France where he studied and entered the priesthood under the guidance of the missionary St. Germain. In 431, Pope St. Celestine I consecrated St. Patrick Bishop of the Irish, and sent him to Ireland to spread "The Good News," or Christian Gospel, to the Pagans there.

St Patrick expels the snakes
Father Lawrence Lew via Flickr licensed by CC. 

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Happy St. Patrick's day from the grand daughters and great grand of Virginia Mcguirk!


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Here are some pictures of crafts and goodies we have done in years past.

From 2007
and these delightful cookies and saint. 

St. Patrick surrounded


St. Patrick drivin the snakes from Ireland


St. Patrick's Day Cookies


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and cupcakes!

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Decorating with books!
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St. Patrick Cupcakes
St. Patrick - History
St. Patrick Doll
St. Patrick Film
St. Patrick's Day Craft from Karen'ts Adventures in Mommyland
St. Patrick's Day - Cottage Blessings. 
St. Patrick's Day Crafts
St. Patrick's Day Books and Crafts
Shower of Roses St. Patrick's Day



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Decorating our Chandelier with shamrocks and gold coins!





A few years ago, the girls did a little craft for St. Patrick's Day.  They took this craft and this craft and came up with these!

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Sometimes, you can have a low-key approach to celebrating the holidays - and that's the approach we took to St. Patrick's Day last year.   St. Joseph and St. Patrick share the table centerpiece!

Sts. Joseph and Patrick

Rosie updated her Peg Saints for St. Joseph and St. Patrick
Rosie' s peg saints of Sts. Patrick and Joseph.
The granddaughters and great granddaughter of Virginia McGuirk enjoyed shamrock shakes to celebrate St. Paddy's Day!

Virginia Mcguirk's granddaughters and great granddaughter drinking their shamrock shakes on st.  Patrick's day!




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