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Favorite Advent resources

I love the Advent season. There’s something special about the anticipation of something, about enjoying the destination towards a grand event. Advent comes from the Latin word that means “arrival”—it’s the anticipation of a notable person, thing, or event.

It always sneaks up on me, and it’s especially true this year—with American Thanksgiving later in November, leaving only a few days before the first Sunday before Christmas. So ’tis the season to get ready, if you want to savor the season of expectation.

Head here for my favorite Advent resources. Celebrating it encourages us to not wish away the holidays, nor to speed up the entire season in order to make merry on one day in December. Savor it. Live slowly through the season. Enjoy the ritual of preparation, and of soaking in the rhythms so many around the world celebrate in unison.

Also, I know how crazy overwhelming Pinterest can feel, especially for holiday-related stuff. It’s a great search tool for finding content, but separating the wheat from the chaff is quite the task. I’ve created a pinboard for Advent wreaths, calendars, and Jesse Trees, curating only the easy stuff (within reason—they can at least easily be tweaked):

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Celebrate, enjoy the season, but don’t stress before it’s even here. If you’re American, enjoy this week of gratitude. And then perhaps spend this weekend creating something simple to have a perfectly imperfect, meaningful Advent.

Resources for a simple advent: because there's no reason to complicate Christmas.

(Again, here’s the list of favorite Advent resources.)

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Weekend links

Ten thoughts on hosting Thanksgiving :: Shauna Niequist Simplicity, productivity, and the personal uniform :: Modern Mrs. Darcy Hospitality. But not the kind you’re thinking of :: The Nester A simple blessing to encourage hope :: Chatting at the Sky On returning home {Apple & Fennel Stuffed Salmon with Cider Sauce} :: Simple Bites … (read more…)

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What would you tell a young twenty-something about simple living?

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