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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St. Francis

A little wooden statue I found at a local flower shop a few years ago, so we could have it for this feast day!

St. Francis of Assisi!


Sam in a St. Francis costume we made a few years back.

It's always a little hard to celebrate a neat feast day during the busy week! I wrote a little about how we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis back in 2007.

If you are lucky, there will be a parish near you that has a blessing of the pets.
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A beautiful blessing about how God has given us the animals to bless our lives.

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Noah holding our dog Sophie, while the good Deacon blesses her!
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This year, since our church didn't offer that, we're going to do our own blessing with Holy Water from Church  and this prayer from Catholic Online. 

Lord God King of heaven and earth, Thou the Word of the Father by whom all creatures were given us for our support: look down, we beseech Thee, on our lowliness. As Thou hast given us these animals to assist us in our labors and needs so mayest Thou in Thy great goodness and mercy bless them from above, guard and preserve them; and, while Thou givest Thy servants temporal benefits, mayest Thou grant us thy continual grace so that we may praise Thy holy name with thanksgiving. 

Translated by Most Reverend J. H. Schlarman Bishop of Peoria

and bless our Kitty too!
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  1. Aww, this post made me miss my dog, Lovely. She was the gentlest dog ever. I wish she was still around...

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