Advent 2016 Booklet Available!

The 2016 Preparing Heart and Home Booklet is AVAILABLE for you to download and print! Just click the image above to download – or click here. Wondering what this FREE Advent booklet contains…

  • The rich liturgical history of the season of Advent.
  • A week by week planner which contains a daily listing of the liturgical feasts and customs appropriate to that day. Each day contains book ideas coordinating with the daily feast, and Advent customs which used to be a part of an overall Catholic culture, a culture we are all trying to reclaim.
  • Booklists for you to consider.
  • Room for you to jot down new books you’ve found or books you’d like to add to your daily reading.
  • O Antiphons listed with a link to a prayer companion for praying the O Antiphons.
  • The booklet contains daily plans and ideas from the 1st Sunday of Advent through January 13 (the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord) – covering Advent and the Christmas season.
  • This booklet is compiled by a lay Catholic who is faithful to the Magisterium and teaching body of the Church. This booklet is not affiliated with an approved ecclesiastical source.
  • This booklet is in pdf format – you are free to download, print, read on your tablet (most tablets will allow you to view a pdf in your ibooks or kindle app) or computer.
  • By all means share with your friends! Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
  • If there is a difference between the Extraordinary Form and Ordinary Form calendars I noted that on the planner.  Both calendars are represented.
  • There is plenty of white space to journal plans, ideas, extra books, and craft ideas after each week’s plans. I hope this makes the planner useful and personal to you and your family.
  • I changed the font this year in the hope that it will be easier to read.
  • All books are linked at the end of this post.
  • This is a 21 page booklet – keep that in mind for printing purposes.

The Advent & Christmas Booklist

What follows is a collection of books our family has enjoyed over the years. Many of them are included on the plans. This is not an exhaustive list! We don’t read all of these each Advent season – we choose a few to enjoy. Collect books for your Advent basket a little at a time, keeping choices lovely and reserving enough quiet to prepare for the season. (Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate and most of these links are through Amazon – if you click through these links I do earn a very small amount. Thank you!)

The Juggler of Notre Dame books

Board Books

Books which may be a blessing in your own home liturgical celebrations:

Resources which have been a help to me in planning and living Advent:

Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed Advent!


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  1. Thank you very much Jen! I always enjoy using this planner but especially this year as I’m expecting a wee bub any moment. It’ll be Christmas before I realise it’s been Advent if I’m not careful 😉 This planner will really help.

    God bless!

  2. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I wish you were my teacher! I guess you are, actually. I just wish I could learn from you in person. 🙂 This is beautiful, Jen. Thank you so much for generously sharing your amazing resources.

  3. You are a Blessing to so many!! I can’t express my gratitude for the beautiful work you do, I have tears of happiness in my eyes 🙂 Thank you and may God bless you and your wonderful family abundantly!

  4. Thank you for posting this for all of us to enjoy! I had a constructive criticism which I pray will be received in the spirit of which I hope to share it.

    The content is incredible, however the type cast and color make this user unfriendly for our family. The script IS beautiful to look at but hard to use. We are a dyslexic family so used to bookerly and other adhd/dyslexia friendly fonts. I printed mine off and will copy so it is in black as the light color on white was too much for me and eye tiring. So excited to have discovered this today as well as your website and Facebook page.

    Many thanks!

    1. Thank you, Stefanie! I’m always aware that the font won’t work for everyone. If you happen to have Pages for Mac email me and I’ll send you the original file – you can go in and edit color and font! Wishing your family a blessed Advent!

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