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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Last week I took advantage of this awesome service offered by my local public library. I checked out a cross-shaped cake pan!
Cross Cake
Cross Cake

This was for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. I used red velvet cake mix and white frosting. 

Cross Cake

It turned out great. 


Afterward, I simply cleaned out the pan and returned it to the library!

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Earlier this week, I mentioned that my son was heading to the coast with other paramedics to help out the victims of Hurricane Florence. Before they left, Calvin and his crew had a truly Southern breakfast!  

They weren't overly busy but the work was steady. They saw about 100 patients in 14 hours. Most of that time they were in towns without electricity. 

I was playing around on this week and was able to find a long line all the way back to England!

Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

Calvin was is my grandfather. I love it when the clues keep coming and I can keep going back in time all the way to Europe. 

Miss C. is really about ready to bust out reading!  I'm thinking I might start her on some sight words with these cards from Child1st. I posted about using these cards for remediation here. I have videos there too. 

But since I know Miss C. is picking up letters and patterns pretty quickly, I think these cards will help her learn to read even quicker. She's ready. 

Tis the new season of young Catholics getting ready to receive the sacrament of confirmation. My own daughter is among them. I have a template and guideline for writing a 
Confirmation letter to your confirmation candidate. It's free when you sign up for my newsletter 

Part of the intrigue of this scandal and the Supreme Court confirmation involves the upcoming midterm elections. If the confirmation can be postponed and if the Democrats can win back the Senate, they may be able to get candidates on the high court that are more left-leaning. 

If this is the year you want to go into depth about the election process with your student, Techie Homeschool Mom has a good unit study that you can do online. Then your students can follow the process as election day approaches!


Homeschool Records that open doors is a free webinar packed with valuable information about how to document your homeschooling on paper in a way that colleges can understand. After taking this course I had no problems getting my son accepted at the school of his choice and all of his transcripts were accepted.