Preparing Your Home and Family for Advent

During the Four Weeks of Advent We Prepare for the Christ ChildAdvent is a time to get ready for the Christmas Feast Day. There are many ways to get ready including: prayer, daily devotions, novenas, and fasting. We as Catholics have many helpful tools such as: advent wreaths, nativity scenes, Christmas movies and movies about the Saints, cooking, and decorating our homes.Prayer Should Increase During this busy time, it is essential that we set aside a special time for prayer and mediation. Not only is this a very stressful time… but it is easy to lose the meaning of Christmas in all the preparations. Set aside time to pray alone and time to have devotions with your family. An Advent Wreath is a great tool for family devotions. Each week, gather around your wreath and pray… then light one Advent Candle on the wreath. The children will look forward to this devotion and will always remember it.We can also set up a Nativity Scene in our home. Save the baby Jesus and the three Wise men for the appropriate time. On Christmas Day, put baby Jesus in the crèche; on the Feast of Epiphany, put the three Wise men in your Nativity Scene. The Nativity Set can also be used as a devotional tool. Pick readings from the Gospel and read them around the Nativity Set. Let the children arrange the figures accordingly to the verse.Spend Time with FamilyFamily time is very important during the Advent Season. Cooking, watching movies, playing cards or board games and just spending time together is important. Slow Down! Take the time to enjoy the season. Let the children help decorate the tree. Make a special treat and watch a Christmas Movie. Some of my favorites include: “A Wonderful Life”, “Going My Way”, “Home Alone”, and “The Santa Claus”, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”…. “Shrek the Halls” has a good message about putting up with annoying relatives and family. It’s ok to watch movies that are about Santa and other fun holiday things… just make sure that the message is clear about the reason we celebrate this season! Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords is Born!!! Pick out some Nativity movies to watch and mix them in.Decorate Your Home and Make Special Foods Beautiful things and foods make us love this season. Hang the most beautiful picture of the Holy Family that you can find in a prominent place. Our Catholic Faith is beautiful… take full advantage of it this Christmas Season. Hang greenery and lights… this is a wonderful Celebration! The King is born! Prepare for the King by: setting up a Christmas tree, hanging special decorations, light the outside of your home, at Christmas Dinner use special China, play Christmas music… make sure some of it is religious hymns, light candles and light a special candle for the Christ Child, make special foods, play the piano, think of a special cooking of crafting project to do with your kids or god children.The King is Coming, Prepare for Him!

Motor Home And RV Living In Phoenix

Many people enjoy their retirement by selling their home and investing in a motor home. Without the care and upkeep of a home, you can spend your time traveling and enjoying other activities. If you wish to find excellent RV and motor home living in Phoenix, you would be advised to contact a Phoenix real estate agent, who can help you find appropriate Phoenix real estate. Motor homes offer the flexibility that seniors desire, yet you will have some choices to make to ensure that you will be pleased with your RV living experience.One aspect you will need to consider is the size and type of RV or motor home that will work best for you. For someone with many family members, a larger motor home might be in order. There is a wide range of motor home sizes, so you will be able to find the correct fit for you and your passengers.Another option might be a truck and trailer combination. This allows you to park the trailer at a campsite and use the truck independently. This can be a factor if you plan to do a lot of travel on narrow city streets with limited parking. Some trailers also offer a “pop-out” option, which keeps the trailer compact for road use, but allows for extensions when you are parked, thereby increasing your inside usable space tremendously.No matter which setup you select, you will find many excellent places to stay in Phoenix with your motor home or RV. Luxurious living is available at RV resorts. You can find a Phoenix property that offers full hookups, pools, spas, fitness centers, Internet access, laundry facilities, propane service, meeting and even recreation rooms. You can choose to stay for a short time if you wish to travel about the area, or you may select to stay for a longer time, whatever works best for your schedule and needs.There are Phoenix real estate parks that cater to a particular age group of visitors. You will find parks that offer amenities for active senior citizens, for example, while others are multi-generational. Many offer special gatherings focused on entertainment, special meals and picnics. Others offer activity groups you might enjoy participating in, including sewing and quilting, crafts, computer, chorus and book clubs.There are several RV parks to explore when you are in Phoenix. Desert Shadows, found in North Phoenix, is a senior friendly park. They are flexible enough for a short stay, and luxurious enough for a long one. Another is Pleasant Harbor RV Resort in nearby Peoria, which offers an environment suitable for all-age family members. People with boats will like the full-service marina and boat rentals that are available.Flexible yet comfortable motor home living is yours in Phoenix.