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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Spy Wednesday


Wednesday of Holy Week is known as Spy Wednesday. It is traditionally the day that Judas plotted to betray Jesus.

Betrayed with a kiss

Father Lawrence Lew via Flickr, licensed cc

One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said,
"What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?"
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the disciples approached Jesus and said,
"Where do you want us to prepare
for you to eat the Passover?"
He said,
"Go into the city to a certain man and tell him,
'The teacher says, AMy appointed time draws near;
in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples."'"
The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered,
and prepared the Passover.

When it was evening,
he reclined at table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said,
"Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
"Surely it is not I, Lord?"
He said in reply,
"He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
is the one who will betray me.
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born."
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
"Surely it is not I, Rabbi?"
He answered, "You have said so."







Even Judas ponders whether he will truly go through with the betrayal or not  - something that I have taken to mean that Judas too had free will.

With that in mind, today is a good day to make an examination of conscience. There are several in my Lenten Links above.

Traditionally this is the day to clean out the fireplace and hearth in preparation for Easter.  Catholic Cuisine also had directions for making a special rope type of bread called Judases to mark  Judas's ultimate end.

More on Spy Wednesday
Patheos
From Fish Eaters - great stuff here!

Other rope crafts:
So Crafty
Rope Wreath  This one looks so easy- just wrapping rope around a wreath form.  Then it could be decorated with other items during the year.

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