In the last week, Advent has been very much on my mind (I’ve been preparing a talk for next week and I had an interview and there’s that book thing).
With Advent so much on my mind, I thought I’d share seven of my favorite resources for Advent preparation. I also added a widget to the sidebar, too. You know, because Advent is close!
(We interrupt this post for some screaming and running around, lest you think I’m calm and collected about Advent.)
I’ve been using Creighton University’s Praying Advent site for a number of years. It never fails to help me appreciate the many aspects of Advent, and it can expand or shrink to what I need on any given day.
Karen Edmisten’s No-Panic Advent series is something I reread every year. For one thing, Karen makes me smile. For another, she always reminds me to keep it simple and gives great tips for things to try and do.
I have a soft spot for Advent wreaths, and I just love these weekly Advent prayers from St. Charles Church and these descriptions of the meanings of each candle by Living Hope.
A Pile of Great Links & Resources
CatholicMom.com has everything from recipes and coloring pages to lesson plans and reflections. There are resources you can purchase and creative gift ideas.
Last year, Jen Fulwiler compiled a list of 24 super simple Advent ideas and they’re worth reading and considering.
I try to keep myself from the Christmas tunes as long as I can, and listening to Advent music helps. I found, in my searches, a site with Advent hymns and another with a musical Advent calendar. O Night Divine has a section on Advent music that’s awesome, and the Vatican website also has a section on Advent music.
Hey, look at that! I have just the book for your Advent…
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I’ll have to check that book out! I love Advent, but I remember just HATING as a kid the extra prayers we had to say before we could dig into our food (I’d like to say it’s because they were all gender neutral and social justice oriented, but it’s really just because I like to eat while the food is hot). Conversely, your book looks super cute!
Laura, it’s a quick-and-dirty approach to Advent (I’m not sure that’s what I’m “supposed” to say, but I wrote something I think I will be able to use with my own kids). Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Thanks, Sarah! What a great list of resources, and I already have that terrific book you mentioned! 😉
Happy to help you, Karen, and thanks again and again for my perennial favorite with the No Panic series. 🙂