Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Great O Antiphons, The Golden Nights


Ever since our oldest children were very little, we have been implementing an old monastic custom in our home by providing special treats, representing each of the "O Antiphons" on the days leading up to Christmas. The O Antiphon prayers begin on December 17th and end on the 23rd, which is the last Vespers of Advent, since the evening prayer on the 24th is the Vigil of Christmas.
The Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one - Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia - the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” Therefore, the Lord Jesus, whose coming we have prepared for in Advent and whom we have addressed in these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us, “Tomorrow, I will come.” So the “O Antiphons” not only bring intensity to our Advent preparation, but bring it to a joyful conclusion.
Each night, following our family rosary, we pray the O Antiphon for the day, sing O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, which was inspired by this ancient tradition, and then give the children a special treat.


The "treats" have varied from year to year. Some years it has been little gifts or activities for the family, some years it is all food related, and some years it is a mix of both, depending on our schedule and budget. It doesn't need to cost much or even anything at all! Be creative!

Sometimes the treats are a bit of a stretch, but my goal is try and find gifts that will either help increase our faith (Catechism books, holy family, saints, prayer, etc) or encourage family time (games, puzzles, going to look at Christmas lights, etc). You can find some of our past O Antiphon treats by scrolling through the archives and visiting Catholic Cuisine.

Our family loves this tradition. It is such a fun way to teach the children about these beautiful prayers of the church and also increase their excitement as Christmas gets closer.



In case you are looking for some inspiration, I've listed some of the treats I've given my family over the years... Special food ideas, activities and gifts (or you can simply decorate chocolate coins!) for each of the O Antiphons can be found below. I'm still trying to decide what I'll be doing this year.

Once again I am hosting an O ANTIPHON GIVEAWAY! One lucky visitor here at Shower of Roses will receive a gift package including seven Cookie Stamps, one to represent each of the seven O Antiphons! I also have a sweet hand-painted nativity set to give away as well. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for the details and to enter.


.: December 17th - O Sapientia (O Wisdom) :.
O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence!

Since the symbol for wisdom is a book, I usually choose a new Catholic book for our family.

A Few Ideas: 

.: December 18th - O Adonai (O Lord) :.
O Adonai, and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who didst appear unto Moses in the burning bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai, come to redeem us with an outstretched arm!

In the past we would emphasize the word "house" in this Antiphon, and have made our Gingerbread Houses or Gingerbread Cookies on this night.  Now that we have two birthdays this week (and two birthday cakes to bake and decorate!) we usually wait until Christmas Eve, or sometime during the 12 Days of Christmas to decorated Gingerbread Houses. We want our college students to be home for the fun too and they won't arrive until nearly midnight on the 19th!

A Few Ideas: 

.: December 19th - O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse) :.
O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their mouths, Whom the Gentiles shall seek, come to deliver us, do not tarry.

A Few Ideas:


.: December 20th - O Clavis David (O Key of David) :.
O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth, come to liberate the prisoner from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death.

A Few Ideas:

.: December 21st - O Oriens (O Dayspring) :.
O Dayspring, Brightness of the everlasting light, Son of justice, come to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!

A Few Ideas:

.: December 22nd - O Rex Gentium (O Kind of the Gentiles) :.
O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof! O Corner-stone, that makest of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth!

A Few Ideas:

.: December 23rd - O Emmanuel (O With Us is God) :.
O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!

A Few Ideas:

Friday, December 13, 2019

Santa Lucia Day in the Evening






I ended up getting to do a little baking this evening after all! Saint Lucia's Braided Bread has been an annual favorite ever since we started making it over ten years ago.🕯✨

Saint Lucia's Braided Bread recipe over at Catholic Cuisine
St. Lucia and St. Nicholas Dolls from Marzipantz
Dept 56 Winter Silhouette "Santa Lucia" Statue from Ebay (2012) 

Santa Lucia Day in the Morning


Yesterday I had a really hard day, filled with multiple doctor and dental appointments, and I had no energy left to pull together anything special for Santa Lucia Day... but one of the girls stayed up late prepping for her middle-nameday and we all woke up to sweet songs and delicious treats! 🎶🕯






🎶Maiden so sweet and fair, 
Bright candles in your hair, 
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!🎶 






Lussekatter recipe from Lucia Morning in Sweden




She’s loving her first Advent and all the special feast days leading up to Christmas! ❤️ 
#fourmonthsold #10lbs10oz #suchajoy


 


We have such a fun collection of books, dolls and decorations for Santa Lucia Day! 
This year I fell in love with the adorable dolls from Marzipantz! ❤️



Santa Lucia, ora pro nobis!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

St. Nicholas Chocolate Coins


A few weeks ago I spent a little time creating new versions of my St. Nicholas Chocolate Coins and they turned out so pretty. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to share them with you all! 



...and here is the link to the original St. Nicholas Chocolate Coins

(You can find another option, an adaptation this idea of mine, over at St. Nicholas Center.)





Monday, December 2, 2019

2019 Christmas Gift Ideas & Stocking Stuffers {Plus Another Sleighful of Giveaways}


It's time for this year's list of "Christmas Gift Ideas" and another "Sleighful of Giveaways!" It's taken me a little longer than usual to pull it together, while holding a sweet little baby, but it's finally ready to share. You can find the lists from the last four years here, herehere and here, as well as even more Catholic gift ideas listed in my past Easter posts as well: 100+ Easter Basket Stuffers & Catholic Gift Ideas and Easter Symbols: Catholic Gift Ideas. Some of the items below have been featured in the past but they are still favorites.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of 20 PRIZES with a combined value of over $1,700! Please keep these Catholic businesses and authors in mind when shopping for gifts this Christmas season! 

Note:  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 

Links to St. Augustine Academy Press, Etsy, Holy HeroesChewsLife and SocksReligoius are affiliate links. 


.: Fun New Finds for Advent and Christmas 2019 :.

  1. My Book of the Church's Year from St. Augustine Academy Press 
  2. The Lord is My Shepherd 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
  3. Christmas Carols (Little Golden Book) - I shared pictures of this sweet book here
  4. Joyful Mysteries Rosary Blocks from Almond Rod Toys
  5. Road to Bethlehem from Holy Heroes
  6. Merry Christmas Mug from Annie Quigley
  7. Christmas Around the Fire: Stories, Essays, & Poems for the Season of Christ’s Birth
  8. Nativity Socks from Socks Religious - FREE SHIPPING with code BFSHIP (ends 12/2)
  9. The First Christmas

.: Advent and Christmas Music :. 


** Some of these have unlimited free streaming included with Prime on Amazon! **
  1. Advent at Ephesus
  2. Adventus 
  3. Legends of St. Nicholas
  4. Caroling at Ephesus
  5. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: Christmas with The Dominican Sisters of Mary
  6. Catholic Songs for Children - includes: Gather Round the Crib at Christmas and The Best Christmas Present of All

.: Feast of St. Nicholas :. 

  1. St. Nicholas Block from Almond Rod Toys and Saint Nicholas Cookie Stamp from Rycraft
  2. St. Nicholas Christmas Necktie
  3. Ostheimer St. Nicholas with St. Nicholas's Helper
  4. St. Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins - Review can be found here.
  5. St. Nicholas Chocolate Coins (Here is my FREE document for this new updated version! You can find my original St. Nicholas Chocolate Coins in the archives.) 
  6. Drinking with St. Nick: Christmas Cocktails for Sinners and Saints from the author of Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner's Guide to a Holy Happy Hour
  7. Santa's Priority (new book) and St. Nicholas Doll from Marzipantz *Disclaimer: Marcy's beautiful dolls sell out in minutes when she lists them for sale! Follow her on Instagram for updates and availability.  
  8. Kids St. Nicholas Socks from Socks Religious
  9. Saint Nicholas (and Woodland St. Nick) from Armadillo Dreams



.: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe :.


  1. Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Graphic Novel
  2. Our Lady of Guadalupe from Prayer Pillowcases
  3. Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosary Bracelet from ChewsLife
  4. December Saints from Almond Rod Toys
  5. Cloak of Roses - Our Lady of Guadalupe from Regina Martryum Productions
  6. Our Lady of Guadalupe from Shining Light Dolls
  7. Marian Grotto Our Lady of Guadalupe Kit from Sacred Heart Books and Gifts
  8. NEW: St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe from Marzipantz *Disclaimer: Marcy's beautiful dolls sell out in minutes when she lists them for sale! Follow her on Instagram for updates and availability.  
  9. NEW: Guadalupe Doll from Armadillo Dreams
We also love the Our Lady of Guadalupe Puzzle, if you can find it, 
and we usually celebrate with an Our Lady of Guadalupe Brunch or Dinner!


.: Santa Lucia Day :.

  1. St. Lucia 8x10 Print (and notecards!) from Sleightholm Folk Art
  2. Starboy Hat and Star Set
  3. St. Lucy Block from Almond Rod Toys and LuciaGod JulDala Horse and Lucia Crown Cookie Stamps from Rycraft
  4. Lucia Saint of Light
  5. Lucia Crown (5 Candle version... Ours is for Seven Candles) for Real Candles
  6. Lucia Morning in Sweden
  7. Saint Lucy from Shining Light Dolls 
  8. NEW: Santa Lucia Doll from Marzipantz *Disclaimer: Marcy's beautiful dolls sell out in minutes when she lists them for sale! Follow her on Instagram for updates and availability.  
  9. NEW: Lighted Porcelain Santa Lucia Statue

.: Favorite Advent and Christmas Puzzles :.


Our family loves putting together puzzles during Advent and Christmas. 
Here are some of our past favorite 1000 piece puzzles that are still available to purchase: 
  1. The Invitation (Noah's Ark - perfect for with Jesse Tree) - more pictures in the archives
  2. All Will Adore Him Jigsaw Puzzle - similar to this one in the archives
  3. Glorious Nativity Jigsaw Puzzle  - more pictures in the archives
  4. Stained Glass Holy Night Jigsaw Puzzle 
  5. Forest Nativity Shaped Jigsaw Puzzle 
  6. Holy Family Jigsaw Puzzle 
  7. Heaven on Earth Jigsaw Puzzle 
  8. Stained Glass Nativity Jigsaw Puzzle 
  9. Midnight Mass


And here are nine new suggestions we found while looking for a couple new puzzles for this year!
  1. Peaceful Night (550 Piece) 
  2. A Traditional English Christmas (300 Piece) 
  3. Church in Snow (300 Piece) 
  4. Christmas Parade (1000 Piece) 
  5. Evening Nativity (550 Piece) 
  6. Festive Moments (1000 Piece) 
  7. Sledding Hill (1000 Piece)
  8. 'Twas the Twilight Before Christmas (1000 Piece)
  9. Christkindlmarkt (1000 Piece)

.: Favorite Nativity Sets :.

These are some of the nativity sets our family has collected over the years. We have Fisher Price, Playmobil and Shining Light Doll Nativities too, but I especially love our wooden versions! I also love our Schleich Nativity but it's hard to find. It looks like Safari is now making a Nativity Toob!
  1. Kurt Adler Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar with 24 Magnetic Figures
  2. Nativity Tea Light Candle Lantern 
  3. Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar
  4. Fontanini Holy Family
  5. A Child Is BornThree Kings, and Shepherds and Sheep from Naturally Catholic
  6. Wooden Nativity from Armadillo Dreams 
  7. Childrens Nativity Blocks Starter Set and Deluxe Wooden Nativity Set from Almond Rod Toy
  8. Ostheimer Nativity Set Full Size - This was a gift a couple years ago and we've been adding to the collection. Available from Bella Luna
  9. Ostheimer MINI Nativity

Once again our children helped again with this year's "Christmas Gift Ideas" post. I had them each list nine gift ideas for me to share with you all. Here are their answers:

Please note: In addition to their stockings, our children usually unwrap three gifts from my husband and I on Christmas morning - something they need, something they want, and one other gift which is usually faith based. We draw names on the first Sunday of Advent for Christkindl and end with a family Christkindl gift exchange. It's always the first thing they want to do after our morning prayers (or morning Mass if we didn't make it to the Midnight Mass) on Christmas Day! They also receive a stack of books either on Christmas or Epiphany. The gifts listed below have been received over a number of different years/occasions.




.: Captain's Picks - Age 19 :.

Even though the boys are on the other side of the country, I still asked them to help! 
Here is what he sent me when I said what has been the most helpful this year: 
  1. Gift Card (Amazon-cuz they have everything)
  2. Food 😂 (gift card or actual food
  3. Fun t-shirts are a definite keep 😂  *He got this Oregon Roots T-Shirt last year.*
  4. Ties -(dressy clothes I guess)  *Sasquatch Spotted is a newer favorite. He also loves his Star Wars Line Drawing Tie and Irish Flag Tie*
  5. Laptop 
  6. ENO Hammock with Suspension System *He has the 2016 National Park Service Centennial DoubleNest Hammock in Forest Green.*
  7. Audible Subscription/Credits 
  8. Noise Canceling Headphones (I guess so you can study better? 😜
  9. Tens and Twenties... for college (I think I already suggested that one year though.) 


.: Ranger's Picks - Age 17 :.



He never got back to me - too many papers and exams to study for at the moment- so I started putting this year's list together for him.. I may update it later but it's time to wrap up this post! 
  1. Ranger's Apprentice Books and The Brotherband Chronicles (He'll be receiving this year's brand new release of Brotherband: Return of the Temujai. Shhhh!) 
  2. Spikeball - A gift from last Christmas and so fun!
  3. Kan Jam - Another fun outdoor game! We bought it for their graduation party.
  4.  Plus all the things Captain mentioned above. 




.: Chiquita's Picks - Age 14 :.

  1. Irish Dance Shoe/Heart/Birthstone Necklace
  2. Genesis Archery Bow and Arrows (She received this in 2016 and it's still a favorite... She's hoping for a new target this Christmas!) 
  3. Irish Dance Ghillie Bag
  4. Blessed Be God Prayer Book
  5. Who's Your Hero Catholic T-Shirt
  6. Marian Consecration for Children (She loves the Narnia references too!) 
  7. Spring Birds Paint-by-Number Series (blog posts here
  8. Simplified Planner with Gold Cover
  9. Hand-embroidered Scapular from StellaMarigoldArt and skirts from Baby My Love


.: Snuggles' Picks - Age 12 :.

  1. The Saints Chronicles Collections (He has 123 and 4
  2. Saint Goals Youth T-Shirt
  3. Rollerblades Spitfire XT
  4. War Horse DVD
  5. Payday Retro
  6. LEGO Creator Sets and City Sets (Last Christmas he loved the LEGO Creator Modular Modern Home.)
  7. The Grizzled Cooperative Card Game
  8. WWI/WWII Chest Rig Reproduction
  9. Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood


.: Rose's Picks - Age 9 :.


  1. Rollerblade Spitfire XT Girl's Adjustable Fitness Inline Skate
  2. 15" Pink Sequined Nutcracker from Pier 1 - I'm hoping to share the pictures from her Nutcracker Themed birthday party she had last year soon! 
  3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  4. Fairy Tale Cottage Dollhouse and Ostheimer Figures - I purchased them from The Wooden Wagon (Right now you can save 10% with coupon code THANKFUL19 until 12/2) 
  5. Calico Critters including this cute little family
  6. eeBoo Sketch Book
  7. Little Saint Therese Paper Dolls
  8. Chunky Soft Cable Knit Beanie (White) 
  9. St. Therese of Lisieux Quote Mug


.: Bud's Picks - Age 7 :.


In addition to our collection of Lincoln Logs, Playmobil, Thomas Wooden Railway, and LEGO, here are some more favorites that Bud loves... 
  1. Interlocking Wooden Blocks from Nova Natural are still one of his favorites
  2. Last year our youngest son really wanted 🎶"a hippopotamus for Christmas!"🎶 and he was so excited to find one in his stocking! He’s already got his green alligators and (his sisters) long-necked geese so this year he’s really hoping for 🎶 some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees!"🎶 - Ostheimer Noah's Ark, Figures, and Animals have been past gifts and they are played with daily. I plan to add the camels and monkey to his collection this year and maybe a few others. Like all handcrafted wooden toys, these are an investment, but they are so beautiful and definitely heirloom quality. I always watch for sales from Bella Luna Toys and The Wooden Wagon
  3. Fagus Fire Truck (Available Fagus Toys from Amazon and The Wooden Wagon - The Fire Truck he received last Christmas was a limited edition!❤️)
  4. LEGO City Forest Tractor
  5. Stratego Board Game
  6. Rubberband Gun
  7. River Otter Plush - Another loved gift from his Godparents along with his Red Fox. All of the Wild Republic stuffed animals are great. 
  8. St. Francis of Assisi Prayer Pillowcase
  9. Melissa and Doug Car Carrier


.: Grace's Picks - Age 2 :.

  1. Lady Saints Leggings and Twirl Dress(es) from Baby My Love 
  2. Wooden Tea Set (ours is an older version from her older sisters)
  3. Olli Ella Strolley
  4. Little Books for Catholic Kids 
  5. Her new sister is at the top of her list of favorites. She also really loves Noah and Charlotte
  6. Build-a-Bouquet Floral Arrangement (another favorite hand-me-down at the moment) 
  7. Plush Dog House - She loves all doggies so much! 
  8. Guac is Extra Bib - Bella Tunno makes great bibs! 
  9. Wooden Story 5 Across Stacking Toy 


.: Lily's Picks - Age 3 Months :.

  1. Vintage Blooms Rosary and Miraculous Medal Pacifier Clip from Chews Life (We don't have these colors yet but I might get them for her. Her older siblings have the Rosary in Pink, Grey and Also available at Amazon here.) 
  2. Baby Girl Headbands and Bows
  3. A Swan's Tale Swaddle Blanket and Harlow the Swan (little size) from Cuddle and Kind
  4. The elephant I bought her for Christmas is currently sold out... But how cute is this little guy?! I might have to get it for her at some point, especially since it matches her fairy doll so nicely. 
  5. Saranoni Ballet Slipper Pink Lush Baby Blanket and Spiced Blossom Swaddle
  6. Fairy Doll
  7. Lace Bonnet
  8. Freshly Picked Soft Sole Mocassins 
  9. Little Unicorn Hooded Towel Set


.: Gift Ideas for Catholic Women :.

  1. My Vocation is Love Mug
  2. Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family - I have a treasured vintage out of print copy of this book and love that it's back in print! 
  3. Hand Embroidered Scapulars from StellaMarigoldArt
  4. Olive Oil and Balsamic Club Subscription - $42 every three months. The only subscription I've had for years and still love! 
  5. Roman Catholic Daily Missal (1962) and Blessed Be God Prayer Book with Missal Covers
  6. Catholic Aprons from Catholic Cuisine
  7. A Mother's Prayer Pocket Rosary in Pink Gemstone - I was given this years ago following one of my miscarriages and treasure it. I purchased another to give to a friend this year on the anniversary of the loss of her sweet little St. Fiona. It's a lovely gift to give to any mother who is expecting a baby or who has lost a little one. 
  8. We and Our Children: How to Make a Catholic Home - Another (reprinted) favorite from back when I was a young mother. 
  9. My Vocation is Love T-Shirt


.: Gift Ideas for Catholic Men :.

Thank you, Sean, for this list and commentary! 
  1.  Very Rugged BLACK MONK ROSARY with Gunmetal Crucifix - "Good looking manly rosary where the Our Father beads are easily distinguished from the Hail Marys. The flat black coloured beads are unique and appealing. The paracord makes the rosary hard to break. And the crucifix is traditional quality."
  2. The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide - "A must read for all Catholic men." 
  3. Manual for Men - "A timely book written for the American Catholic man. The very good and orthodox Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix presents strong and succinct direction for living out the Catholic Faith in our culture."
  4. My Catholic Faith - The classic 1954 edition of this fabulous catechism is available again.
  5. Crusader Knights Templar Cross Baseball Hat - "What dad wouldn’t like a Knights Templar Cross ball cap? Hmmmmm????"
  6. Very Rugged Paracord Military Rosary in Rattlesnake Color - "Unique copper coloured beads and crucifix on this hard to break rosary with distinguishable Our Father beads make this a very appealing gift for the Catholic dad."
  7. Manual for Spiritual Warfare - "Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., the editor of TAN Books, delivers another good manual for men to engage in spiritual warfare. Comes in an appealing nice rugged leather cover."
  8. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart -- The Journal of a Priest at Prayer
  9. St. Benedict Medal Catholic Apron from Catholic Cuisine


.: 2020 Catholic Calendars and Planners :.

  1. 2020 Traditional Latin Mass Calendar from FSSP (Extraordinary Form) 
  2. 2020 Catholic Calendar from Saints Galore (Ordinary Form + Extraordinary Form) 
  3. 2020 Drinking with the Monks Wall Calendar from TAN (Ordinary Form + Extraordinary Form)
  4. 2020 Saints Calendar and 16 Month Daily Planner from TAN (Ordinary Form + Extraordinary Form -My husband and I both use this every year!)
  5. 2020 The Life of Our Lord Wall Calendar from TAN (Ordinary Form + Extraordinary Form)
  6. The Catholic Daily Planner™ (Ordinary Form + Extraordinary Form)
  7. 2020 The Angels Wall Calendar from TAN (Ordinary Form + Extraordinary Form)
  8. 2020 Catholic Liturgical Calendar Bundle (Ordinary Form - Would love to see this in Extraordinary Form too!) 
  9. 2020 Mary and the Saints Wall Calendar from TAN (Ordinary Form + Extraordinary Form)




.: A Sleighful of Giveaways :.

There will be one winner for each of the following 20 PRIZES with a COMBINED VALUE OF OVER $1,700!!! 

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Prize #1 - Set of two 100% Pro-Life Sweatshirts, two 100% Pro-Life T-Shirts, two Life Defender T-Shirts, ten Pro-Life Stickers, two Car Magnets and five Buttons sponsored by Culture of Life Studies Program (value $153.00)



Shower of Roses readers can always save 20% off their entire order using the code: ROSES20

Congratulations, Sarah H! 
"There are so many beautiful gift ideas on this list! My top choices are 1, 6, 9, and 18. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Wishing you and your family a blessed Advent!"

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Congratulations, Katy!
"I'd love to see what you did for the Nutrcracker themed birthday. Do you have a favorite book edition? My 8 year is starting to show an interest. I went ahead and got her the pink sequined one. Thanks! :) .... # 2,9,15, and 17"


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Prize #3 - Deluxe Blue Game Mat, SaintCards Duel Starter/Booster Set, Roman Canon Expansion, Stigmatists' Expansion, Bilocators' Expansion, and Special Edition Nativity Jesus Card sponsored by Saint Cards (value $122.00)



Congratulations, Amelia! 
"Thanks for the giveaway! I always like to see what's new. My favorite prizes are 2,3,4,10,13,14,16,19. Have a blessed Advent!"




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Prize #4 - 15 Rosary Blocks: 5 Glorious, 5 Joyful, 5 Sorrowful Mysteries. Prayers on the back by St. Louis de Montfort sponsored by Almond Rod Toys (value $119.00)


Congratulations, Karen H!
"I can't BELIEVE all the great goodies you've rounded up! We're all feeling like kids in a candy shop just scrolling through these! The votes are in, we would love to win any of these #'s: 1,3,4,5,6,9 or 11. God bless you and yours!"


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Prize #5 - The complete five-book West Brothers series, which includes Roland West, Loner; Life-Changing Love; Battle for His Soul; Standing Strong; and Roland West, Outcast. Plus Secrets: Visible & Invisible (which contains a West Brothers short story, along with 6 other short stories from Catholic Teen Books authors). And a prayer warrior rosary with metal beads and paracord sponsored by author Theresa Linden (value $108.94)



Congratulations, Erin!
"I would love the teen books, the preschool pack, the girls nail polish, the almond rod toys, or the Elizabeth Ann seton box. Thank you so much!"



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Prize #6 - $50 Gift Certificate for Leah's Legacy Web Store (perfect for designing a custom Missal Cover!), Saint Benedict Apron, and two embroidered rosary pouches (Winner's Choice!) sponsored by MissalCovers.com (value $104.00)


Congratulations, S. George!
"Thank you so very much for offering these amazing giveaways!! My favorites in order are: #6, #16, #2, #7, and #3. :). God bless you!"


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Prize #7 - Set of 8 Cookie Stamps with Recipe Booklet (Includes: #416 - Snow Star, #463 - Christmas Ornament, #020 - Frosty, #034-18 - Heralding Angels, #023 - Holly Sprig (1), #030 - Christmas Tree, # 368 - Nativity and #271 - Jolly Santa) sponsored by Rycraft Cookie Stamps (value $103.92)


Congratulations, Katherine Salazar!
"#4, 6, 7, 8, and 15 are my favorites!! What a fabulous giveaway!"




Congratulations, Amy Moses!
"Lots of lovely ideas!"


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Prize #9 - Three T-Shirts of the Winner's Choice sponsored by Catholic T-Shirt Club (value $78.00)


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Congratulations, Beth!
"Would love to win the tshirts"

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Prizes #10 -Do you enjoy crafting or have teens that do? Well this was made just for you from SaongJai! Includes: Large Scapular Kit (Wool panels, string, image panels, thread, and instructions. Only small and medium kits are available for sale.), Stone Rosary Kit (stone beads crucifix, center, and other materials), Vinyl Holy Water Bottle Stickers (A page of durable and beautiful floral holy water stickers. Place them on glass bottles to make your own holy water bottles!), Catholic Prayers Digital Prints PDF, Marian Quote Coloring Pages PDF, Madonna & Child Gift Gift Tags PDF, and Old World Master Printable Christmas Cards PDF sponsored by SaongJai (value $77.60)


Congratulations, Kate!
"Thanks for all the work you put into this post!! Any prize would be lovely, especially the prize set with the scapular kit... Blessings to you!"

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Prize #11 - Set of 5 Faith-filled teen novels including The Perfect BlindsideAn Unexpected RoleWhere You LeadSecrets: Visible and Invisible and Gifts: Visible and Invisible from author Leslea Wahl (value $75.91) 


Congratulations, Mary Steck!

"Wow! You are amazing! What wonderful ideas! 
I would love to win the nail polishes, or the pillowcases, or the teen books or the ones for littles. Any of them, really we have a variety of kids in our house."



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Prize #12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe Green Leggings in 12 month size and 28"x28" lovey size Catholic Cotton Muslin Blanket and hand knit bonnet that is made to best suit 6-12 months sponsored by Baby My Love (value $75.00)


Congratulations, Jennifer!
"These are wonderful gift lists and amazing giveaways! My sweet newborn would love the Baby My Love set and the other younger kids would enjoy the Wanderlust Catholic subscription. Older kids like the tees, for sure. Thanks for the time you put in to share all of this. God bless!"


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Prize #13 - 1 year subscription to The Wanderlust Catholic! Each month, your family will receive a hand-lettered and illustrated letter exploring a Catholic treasure! (value $72.00)

Shower of Roses readers can always save 15% off the first 3 months of their subscription with coupon code: SHOWEROFROSES15


Congratulations, Meghan!
"How can I choose...2, 5, 10, 13, 16, 17...they would fit well in the current ages/stages. 
All of them are awesome though!"


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Prize #14 - St. Hubertus Patron of Hunters Catholic Rosary sponsored by Faith Beads (value $65.00)


Congratulations, Susan!
"Oh my gosh! What great gift ideas!! Thank you! I feel like you did my shopping for me -- definitely added some stuff to my Amazon cart. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!"

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Prize #15 - Shower the little ones in your life with prayerful gifts this Christmas! Joseph and Leane are giving away this Prayer Pillowcases bundle specially chosen to nurture the faith in your little loves! Prayer Pillowcases are lovingly designed to bring Catholic art and prayer to families in practical way - who doesn’t use a pillowcase? :) They have dozens of personalized designs for all ages. Looking for lasting stocking stuffers? Just roll and tie with a ribbon! Gift Bundle of 4 includes Angel of God Prayer in Pink and in Green, the Our Father and the Hail Mary Little Angels designs sponsored by PrayerPillowcases.com (value $59.80)


Pssst! Prayer Pillowcases is offering a code for FREE Personalization too.
Shop prayerpillowcases.com with coupon Roses2019 to get yours! 
(Coupon expires Dec. 15th.)

Congratulations, Vanessa!
"I love that you collect Nativities!! What a fun way to have the “reason for the season” displayed!!"


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Prize #16 - Beautiful Collection of Seven Nail Polishes sponsored Lisieux Nail Polish (value $56.00)


Congratulations, Abbey W!
"I am torn between the Almond Rod rosary blocks and the Lisieux nail polish set. While my children would love the rosary blocks (particularly during family rosary each night), the nail polish set could be shared among my female friends and family. Both would be a blessing!"

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Prize #17 - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Box sponsored Saints Around the World (value $55.00)


Congratulations, Jen Barbosa!
"So many inspired ideas here! I look forward to your list every year! My family would especially enjoy the Almond Rod rosary blocks or the Saints Around the World box."


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Prize #18 - 33 Days to Morning Glory, 33 Days to Merciful Love, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, and You Did It To Me sponsored by Sacred Heart Books and Gifts (value $53.84)


Congratulations, Katie!
"I love the Chews Life prize or any of the sets with books for kids or the 33 Days prize. Thanks for all of the amazing ideas!"

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Congratulations, Katrina Springer!
"I always love your ideas! I have used some items for my family almost every year"

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Prize #20 - Stack of Six Childrens Books: Jesus Savior of the World, Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family, I Pray the Mass, I Pray Every Day, Jesus Invites Me to Mass, and Watch Over Me Little Angel (value $51.78)


Congratulations, Kate!
"So excited about this giveaway, especially the kiddo prizes!"

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