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By Danielle Bean

Tuesday: Open Forum

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

This is the Open Forum Coffee Talk. That means ... anything goes. Ask a question, make a suggestion, share a story, offer some advice -- the floor is yours!

Danielle Bean


  • How do you observe Advent in your home? We buy a tree on the First Sunday of Advent, light it the 2nd Sunday, decorate the 3rd. We also do nightly prayers around a lit Advent wreath, and place a Jesse tree ornament, though on the real tree. At least that's the plan. Sometimes the schedule gets away from us.

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 6:06 AM by Rebecca

  • Looking for Advent projects for 2nd-4th grade Faith Formation Class. Thank you!

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 6:16 AM by Cynthia

  • This is the first year my kids (at least one of them!) will be old enough to have a sense of what's going on (she's turning 3 soon). So, I'm excited to hear what others have planned! My ideas have been: a) Advent wreath lit at dinner every night b) Night prayers include a verse of "O Come O Come Emmanuel" (if hubs will go for the singing!) c) sticker Advent calander d) Framing some old Christmas cards with pretty Nativity scenes, and putting them up in the play area e) Christmas music at home and in the car f) Christmas lights g) Christmas wreath for front door h) Advent activities including Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, gingerbread house making, hot chocolate drinking, etc. I don't have a real good sense of when it would be good to start each of these (all on the 1st Sunday of Advent with a bang?!) And some are just "winter things," but we live in the far south... so we kinda have to make the cocoa and fireplace happen, since the weather is really NEVER so cold you naturally think of those things...

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 7:40 AM by Jen

  • I would have my 2nd - 4th graders make an Advent calanader that they could use year after year. Something really pretty.

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 8:23 AM by Jen

  • Since I just discovered F&F coffee talk this morning, I was reading through conversations from last week. I just want to comment on those who posted about feeling down, stressed, nervous, etc. due to the bleakness of our culture, the dangers promulgated in the news, etc. I have really spent a quiet and sad last month pondering all this & have concluded that the best thing I can do for my children is to help them develop relationships in which they know they are loved, cared for, and (when they are older) to have deep friendships built on mutual respect and enjoyment of wholesome interests. This is the long way around saying I have decided not to focus on preparing my kids for life by focusing on the sickness of the culture they will/may face as adults, but by fortifying them with goodness, beauty, and above all loving relationships with family, God, and friends. That has become my focus. Not academics (although that is important of course), not broadness of experiences (such as traveling), not comforts and entertainments, but relationships. If things get really ugly or if they don't, I want them to know they are loved, to have experienced the goodness of others, and to know that they are never alone because God is always with them... As an aside, I have also been listening to Christmas music ever since the election. I have needed a little "Come Lord Jesus!" in my life, so we started Advent early.

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 8:54 AM by unknown

  • We recently moved into an older home. For the 1st time, we have a glass shower door. Its in pretty good condition, except that there is some clouding on the glass (beyond the frosting that is supposed to be in some spots, of course). I would like to remove the clouding, but have been unable to find a product that works. Even a professional housecleaner did not have a product that removed the water spots. Has anyone had success in this area?? I plan to start "squeegee-ing" the shower door after each use to prevent additional water spots, but I would like to get rid of what's already there, too!

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 9:57 AM by wondering about cleaning

  • Try rubbiing a cut lemon over the shower door where it is clouded or maybe vinegar - both are acidic and the acid is supposed to help remove the clouding. Hope that helps.

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 12:46 PM by Sue

  • Will try it for sure! Thanks!

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 1:35 PM by wondering about cleaning

  • It's nice to "see" some new faces here at CD Coffee Talk. Spread the word, eh? Our aim is to build a kind and supportive on-line community to help each other walk this Catholic walk. Think of it as a living room full of the like-minded with which to share, seek, and pray. Each day of the week has its own topic, and until some forthcoming website changes make it easier to find, I'll post the link on our FB page each morning to make things simple. So glad you all are here!

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 4:59 PM by Rebecca Teti

  • Rebecca, I think it would help get the word out if Danielle changed the post on F&FL tab.

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 6:48 PM by Liz

  • Wondering about cleaning - try LimeAway - it's really helpful for taking off old mineral build-up. I think you can get it at Walmart.

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 6:53 PM by Liz

  • So happy to find you back! But I just stumbled on it. I have really missed the coffee talk blog posts, they were an important part of my day. I would recommend changing the F&F Live tab on the home page, and is there any way the regular bloggers could mention you are back on their own blogs? I subscribe to a lot of them, and saw no mention of this being back up. Anyway, happy preparing for Advent to my F&FL friends, I for one am just thrilled that we had a whole 10 days after Thanksgiving to get ready, I always feel like I am catching up when it starts the Sunday after hosting a huge family holiday. Looking forward to future posts.

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 7:34 PM by Danielle M.

  • Thanks for the tip Liz & Danielle M. I agree and will try to get that taken care of. Site changes happen a little slowly around here.... Sorry! And thanks for your patience.

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 11:26 PM by Rebecca Teti

  • Yay! I'm glad that you are back! I missed the coffee talks a lot!

    Posted on Nov 28th, 2012 at 9:53 AM by Jay W

  • Does anyone have suggestions on a good book about St. Nicholas for children (currently 2.5 and 4)?

    Posted on Nov 29th, 2012 at 9:38 PM by JJ's Mom