Where I Spent My Time Online: Advent and Christmas Edition

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Here’s my Advent/Christmas edition of where I’ve been online this month.

where i spent my time online

As a homeschool mom, actually just as a Catholic Mom, I love looking for new ways to spend the days leading up to and the actual days of Christmas with my family.

This year I took to Pinterest to find inspiration.

Over the Big Moon

What drew me here?  The Christmas Advent Scripture free printable.

BigMOon

You are probably thinking now, that’s great Allison, but you are posting this mid-Advent.  Well, here are two thoughts – first you can save it (on Pinterest, your ‘favorites’ or subscribe to the blog) for next year, or you can create a Christmas Season count-up and celebrate the 12 days of Christmas!

The Girl Creative

The irony of being led to this site as “The Woman Uncreative” was not lost on me at all!  So many fantastic ideas – which I plan to institute next year.

Faith

This year (because Advent truly SNUCK up on me), I decided to resurrect an idea that I discovered when my boys (now 18 and 14) were little. Together my daughter Faith (age 7) and I wrapped 25 Christmas themed books (all books we already had) and open one each day.

I think she had as much fun wrapping them – she is a big TAPE fan – as she has unwrapping them. In addition, in a money-saving effort, instead of buying Faith a new Playmobil Advent set, I took pieces from all the previous years and put them in a Christmas stocking. She randomly picks one a day and we are setting up our own ‘manger’ scene complete with wisemen, camel, Santa, and baby Jesus.

The Catholic Company

I’m addicted.  To what? Well besides food, sleep, good feelings, and Jesus… Nativities!  I love them.  I collect* them. (*As a side note, I love how we justify our obsessions with certain objects this seemingly harmless – actually encouraged behavior of ‘COLLECTING’ things.  Somehow calling my 900 snowmen a ‘collection’ gives it some legitimacy, instead of this unhealthy need to amass as many versions of the thing I covet as possible).

Every year I try to add another one to my assembly – I love the selection offered on The Catholic Company’s online store.

In case you are curious this is the one I put on my list to Santa:

RealLifeNativity

 

Your turn! Where did you spend your time online this month? Go ahead and share your gems in the comments!

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Copyright 2013 Allison Gingras

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Allison Gingras, founder www.ReconciledToYou.com (RTY); and host of A Seeking Heart on Breadbox Media weekdays 10 am ET. Allison created the “Words with” daily devotional App Series: Words with Jesus and Words with Mary. Allison offers retreats and talks on: Forgiveness; Works of Mercy; Trust and JOY!

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