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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Don't Get Stoned Like Steven - my latest on

The Protomartyr
Father Lawrence Lew,OP, via Flickr, licensed cc. 

Sorry for the light blogging last week as I prepared for my harpsichord/flute concert at my church last week. I did manage to crank out one article for Catholicmom and it's live right now!  Check it out.

Here's an excerpt: 

In the Acts of the Apostles, we revisit the martyrdom of Saint Stephen at the hands of a very perturbed Sanhedrin. In fact, we read that they

“were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him.”

Stephen’s crime was in recounting of all the ways they were just like their ancestors in rejecting the holy prophets of God that had come before them.

Even without stones, Christians online get knocked down all the time on social media. It’s not uncommon for an unpopular point of view to result in an account getting restricted, blocked, or removed. Friends and fans unfollow or unfriend feeds. It’s a tough world out there in cyberspace! But even before the posts and tweets get to that point, some of the conversations in social media are brutal. The art of civility just isn’t there.

So how can a Christian post a viewpoint without getting figuratively stoned? Here are 11 suggestions:  
Click here to read the rest.