Sunday, November 15, 2020

New Christmas Books for the Feast of St. Nicholas {and a St. Nicholas Giveaway!}


"The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic God's giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves." - St. Nicholas of Myra

The feast of St. Nicholas is just three weeks from today! On December 6th our children always wake up to find that the letters they wrote to the Holy Child and/or St. Nicholas have been taken and their (sometimes new/replaced) slippers have been filled with little treats, oranges, chocolate gold coinscandy canes, and often times a note from St. Nicholas.

Our children (and teens!) have also always received a new Christmas book as well, which has helped us build an amazing collection over the last twenty years. It will be so great to pass each of their collections down to them when they eventually start families of their own. 


The darling wooden St. Nicholas toys in the pictures are from Naturally Catholic and Almond Rod Toys.  

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

This year my husband and I picked out a chapter book as well for each of our teens/young adults as well. I can't even tell you how excited I am that we get to have ALL NINE of our children home for ALL of Advent this year for the first time! I'm trying my best to focus on the little blessings in the midst of all the extra struggles of this crazy year... 


From left to right for our five eldest in order:




Here is the list of books we picked out for our children this year:


For Captain: 



"On the 1st day o Yuletide,
My true luve gied tae me,
A reid robin in a rowan tree."

Take a deep breath and prepare for a journey through all twelve days of Yuletide with a cast of skaters skooshin, lassies birlin, sheep a-shooglin and the all-important five gowden rings.

The stunningly beautiful illustrations bring this Scots version of the ever-popular Christmas song to life in vivid detail. Inspired by the traditional verse, this adaptation features easy-to-understand (and pronounce) Scots words and creatures, including hoolets (owls) and bonnie doos (beautiful doves).




For Ranger: 



"Radiating the wondrous spirit of the season, The Spider Who Saved Christmas rekindles an ancient legend, casting new light on the story we thought we knew. Created by New York Times Bestselling Author Raymond Arroyo (with illustrations by Randy Gallegos), The Spider Who Saved Christmas spins the enchanting faith-filled tale of Nephila, a cave-dwelling spider who plays a pivotal role central to the Christmas story. This instant classic reveals the origin of Christmas tinsel and reminds us that hope can always be found even in dark places where we least expect it."

Note: My husband was a little hesitant over the illustrations in this book. He thought they were a little dark/scary for our younger children, but it's an excellent story about a traditional legend and we love supporting Catholic authors and publishers, so one of our older boys will be receiving this book! 





For Twinkle Toes: 


(OOP - purchased second hand) 

"A Perfect Christmas reclaims the spirit of Christmas from the commercial secularized culture of the winter holidays that has almost obliterated the Christian meaning of the celebration of the birth of Christ. Author Dennis Eugene Engleman and illustrator Niko Chocheli have collaborated to restore St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) to his rightful place in the imagination of children, and perhaps their parents too! In this mystical and beautiful story, told in the classic manner of an Orthodox Russian folk tale, past and present collide as a modern child meets the real St.Nick. At the heart of this wonderful contemporary Christmas parable is a tale of compassion, shared love and family with a little of the real Saint Nicholas' life woven in, just enough to whet the appetite of the reader for more! The pages of A Perfect Christmas glow with the warmth of a bygone era when Christmas was filled with the mystery of the Incarnation, simple shared love, and grace." 





For Chiquita:



"The wonder of Christmas and the magic of learning the ABC’s are beautifully combined in this lavishly illustrated new title from author/illustrator team Paul Thigpen and John Folley. In A Child’s Christmas ABC Book, Thigpen’s engaging verse about the birth of Jesus will delight young ears with its musical rhymes and alliteration. Folley's enchanting illustrations, rooted deeply in traditional sacred art, are sure to charm young and old alike.

From “Angels in the air arrayed” to “Zion’s king forevermore,” you and your child can explore the Nativity story from A to Z. The lovely artistry of this book's words and images will make it a Christmas family favorite for generations to come.day season: how important it is to be surrounded by love."

I think this is my favorite of all the new books I purchased this year.
I'll try and share additional pictures soon!



 


For Snuggles: 



"Inspired by the famous Christmas poem, "The Night Before Christmas," this picture book about Christmas in the Army is perfect for children of military families and anyone with loved ones serving overseas.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the base
Only sentries were stirring — they guarded the place.
The soldiers were sleeping and snoring away
As they dreamed of 'back home' on good Christmas Day...

One Christmas Eve at a military barracks in the Middle East, some homesick soldiers are paid a visit by Sergeant McClaus, the Santa of Soldiers. This lively and poignant tale is inspired by Clement C. Moore's classic yuletide poem."




For Rose: 



"This new children's Christmas book by bestselling author Anthony DeStefano tells the story of a mean-spirited, prideful old ox who has lost his sight both physically and spiritually but who nevertheless experiences the transformative power of God s grace after he is present at the birth of Jesus Christ in a humble stable in Bethlehem.

Illustrated by New York Times best-selling artist Richard Cowdrey, this new holiday book teaches children the true meaning of Christmas while explaining the central message of Christianity: that faith in Jesus leads us to resurrection and new life."




For Bud: 



"No gift is too small for Jesus when it is given with humility and love.
Joel is seven years old and is the son of the Kings' stableman. With his Dad, he is traveling with the Magi as they follow the star to Bethlehem, to meet the newborn King. All of them are bringing very special gifts, such as gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But Joel is the only one in the caravan who isn't carrying a gift for the new King. Since he knows how to whittle wood, Joel decides to carve a little camel for the baby. Soon he discovers that his humble gift is more special than all the others."





For Grace: 


Little flaps for little fingers!

"Telling the Christmas story to children for the first time ever is a privilege for parents and a gift to children. Where Is the Baby King?, the new hardcover book from Heather Henning and Alison Atkins, helps parents and teachers pass on this timeless story to their children and students with the help of bright illustrations and lift-the-flap images. This interactive book is an ideal introduction for children under five; colorful illustrations by Alison Atkins grab children’s attention, while Heather Henning’s storytelling is clear, simple, and memorable. Very young children will enjoy lifting the flaps and discovering new parts of the story, and as they grow older, they will grow in their understanding of the story behind the pictures. Thoughtfully laid out, concise, and durable, this book transforms an important educational moment into a hands-on adventure. Whether a child is hearing the Christmas story for the first time or just learning to read on their own, Where Is the Baby King? will help bring this story to life."




For Joy: 



"Share the story of the first Christmas with your little one! A classic story of The First Chrismas travels along with Mary and Joseph to the town of Bethlehem where baby Jesus is born. A simple story engages toddlers with lift-a-flap pages where they can learn and enjoy the traditional telling of Jesus's birth and the meaning of Christmas.
Share the story of The First Christmas with your little one with this Lift-a-Pop board book
Perfectly sized for little hands and fingers to open and close the flaps
Chunky, sturdy flaps are extra strong so your little one can open and close the durable pop-outs repeatedly 
Surprise and delight your baby or toddler with this charming story featuring classic artwork and surprises under each flap
Simple story as a first retelling to introduce the birth of Christ"





.: Giveaway :. 

Once again this year I will be hosting FOUR Advent and Christmas themed giveaways! Here is the first giveaway in preparation for the feast of St. Nicholas:

Prize #1 - Set of Five Cookie Stamps with Recipe Booklet 





sponsored by Rycraft Cookie Stamps (combined value $64.95)

Congratulations, Janelle! 
"Thanks for all the gift and book ideas. You've done it again! "


Prize #2 - Collection of Martyr Stories for Teens and Children


For Teens: 

Congratulations, Laura Casey! 
"What a fun give away! I would love the collection of martyr stories for my kiddos. Great book recommendations, too! Thank you!"


Prize #3 - St. Lucy Special Edition Box


"A new Special Edition box for Christmas featuring St. Lucy. It has a gorgeous book on this popular saint, a beautiful statue and mug from "Little Drops of Water" and a chance to roll 100% beeswax candles! Fun and faith all inside with $4 donated to "Culture of Life Studies" from each box. Order by November 20th as quantities are very limited. Other surprises will be discovered in this box!"

sponsored by Saints Around the World (value $58.00)

Congratulations, Lymari Pate! 
"Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!"

Please enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter box below:



You are welcome to download my St. Nicholas labels over at Dropbox with either Black or Green text...

And here is the link to my original St. Nicholas Chocolate Coins and the updated version I created last year
(You can find another option, an adaptation this original idea of mine, over at St. Nicholas Center.
I also just made an updated printable for this year which I will try and share soon!)


For additional Christmas book suggestions you can find some of our lists in the archives: 

Saint Nicholas & the Nine Gold Coins {Beautiful book!}

Christmas Mosaic: A Review & Featured Book List

35 Favorite Christmas Picture Books for Children

Feasts & Seasons :: Advent & Christmas Collection

Our 2019 Advent Book Basket and Printable Labels
{I'm planning to share our 2020 Basket and Labels soon!}

New Christmas Books for the Feast of St. Nicholas: 

2009, 20102011, 2012, 20132014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Stacks of Books on Christmas Morning or Epiphany: 

20132014, 2015, 2016, 2017




Even more St. Nicholas themed gifts can be found in these past posts filled with Christmas Gift Ideas & Stocking Stuffers from 2015, 201620172018 and 2019!

246 comments:

  1. Courtney BrandweinFebruary 9, 2022 at 9:19 PM

    Thank you for sharing!! Your book lists have always been so helpful. Any of these prizes would be great to win.

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  2. Love your giveaways! And your gift ideas!

    2020-11-16 04:38:36

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  3. Another great post! The Christmas cartoons and the ABC book are my favorites from your preview! I don't have little ones as an excuse to buy books anymore! I need more suggestions for teens!

    2020-11-16 04:42:01

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  4. so excited about the new list! Love the book about the army for my godson!

    2020-11-16 04:44:12

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  5. Thanks for the opportunity!

    2020-11-16 04:45:29

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  6. Always love your recommendations! I would love to get prize #2 to split with my children and niece and nephews.

    2020-11-16 05:01:28

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  7. Thank you for sharing! The Soldier's Night Before Christmas looks like a great read aloud book. The Martyrs book collection would be such a blessing this year as my daughter journeys forward in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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  8. I would love to add the books on the martyrs to our collection - we need this courage now more than ever!

    2020-11-16 05:24:58

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  9. I always look forward to your Advent posts.

    2020-11-16 05:31:16

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  10. Beautiful gifts! I think my girls would love prize #3, but honestly would be happy with either.

    2020-11-16 05:59:34

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  11. So lovely!!! Thank-you so much!!! Prize #3 looks so neat!!! And prize #2!!!

    2020-11-16 06:11:43

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  12. Thanks for sharing this years book list!

    2020-11-16 06:44:04

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  13. Always love to see your book picks! Wonderful raffle prizes also!

    2020-11-16 10:23:47

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  14. I love your book lists m! I would say #3 - we love Saint Lucy!

    2020-11-16 10:27:07

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  15. I always look forward to seeing your book lists! I have most of the St. Lucy books already but I’d love prize 1 especially!

    2020-11-16 10:28:01

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  16. I always look so forward to your book posts, especially Advent/Christmas! Thank you!

    2020-11-16 11:06:07

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  17. As always, a helpful, beautiful post! I'd love to add everything you mentioned to our collection, especially the St Lucia items (she's a favorite in our house!). God bless you!

    2020-11-16 11:29:33

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  18. Prize three would fit our family best

    2020-11-16 11:40:43

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  19. This is a beautiful list! I hope to win the St Lucy bundle for my sweet Lucy!

    2020-11-16 12:10:43

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  20. Thank you for sharing these beautiful books. I have 2 younger girls who would just love the St Lucy basket.

    2020-11-16 12:11:02

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  21. Thanks for sharing! I love to see the new books!

    2020-11-16 12:33:15

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  22. What a great book list! (I'm going to see if I can pick some of them up . . .) I love all of the prize packs! The St. Lucy pack looks especially interesting to me. Thank you!

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  23. What great recommendations!

    2020-11-16 13:12:10

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  24. I always look forward to your Christmas booklist every year! Thank you!

    2020-11-16 13:15:06

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  25. I would be happy with any of these lovely collections. Thank you!

    2020-11-16 13:21:41

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  26. Thanks for the ideas for more wonderful books! And thank you for the chance to win. I'm looking forward to Advent this year.

    2020-11-16 13:23:49

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  27. You always have the best book lists - thank you!

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  28. Thank you for another wonderful list so I can add more books again this year. The prizes are all amazing and I'd be grateful for any of them. Since I am also a baking Mama with my children, I'd love the cookie stamps. In light of it being November, Jessica, I wanted to ask you if you and your family would please pray for the repose of the soul of my Mom, Donna, who passed away a few months ago without warning. Your prayers would be deeply appreciated. Thank you. God bless you and I'll be keeping you all in my prayers. And thanks again for the wonderful posts these past months, you helped me immensely with my Kolbe class plans!

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    1. I'm so sorry for your loss! We will most certainly offer some prayers for her soul.

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    2. Thank you very much!

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  29. I look forward to your Christmas booklist and giveaway every year! Thank you 💙

    2020-11-16 13:38:04

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  30. Love #2 St. Lucy. We have a Lucia that would really enjoy all of it.

    2020-11-16 13:38:51

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  31. I’ve been eyeing the Spider who saved Christmas. Looks beautiful. Love packages 1 & 3

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  32. I’m going to go see if I can track down a copy of A Perfect Christmas for our family - it looks lovely! And we would especially love to win the cookie stamps!

    2020-11-16 13:52:00

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  33. I always love your book lists for St. Nicholas Day!!! love all the prize packages!

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  34. Thank you!

    2020-11-16 14:04:15

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  35. Love the martyr books! St. Lucy box would be my 2nd choice.

    2020-11-16 14:10:53

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  36. As always, I love your book recommendations! I'm sure these blog posts take much time to compose -- thank you, thank you for the effort! It is very appreciated!!

    2020-11-16 14:17:46

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  37. Thank you for sharing! I always find great new titles from your lists!

    2020-11-16 14:20:20

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  38. I look forward to this post every year. I have purchased so many books from your lists and we have our own collection now. Thank you!

    2020-11-16 14:28:35

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  39. Love all the book ideas!

    2020-11-16 15:00:29

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  40. I always love your suggestions! Thank you!

    2020-11-16 15:05:00

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  41. I always enjoy seeing books on your site! This is a great resource page for good books for families. Thank you for sharing.

    2020-11-16 15:11:15

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  42. Love th St Nicholas cookie stamp! And thanks for the many resources.

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  43. I am always so thankful you share your wonderful ideas and products with us, Jessica! THANK YOU! You have help make our home blessed for years now.

    2020-11-16 15:15:58

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  44. This is my yearly favorite post! Thank you

    2020-11-16 15:16:10

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  45. Wow this is amazing! Thank you!

    2020-11-16 15:33:07

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  46. So fun! I'm loving the Scottish 12 days. and some of the Saints books.

    2020-11-16 15:56:56

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  47. I love your book suggestions! I always check here to get book ideas for my kids. 😊

    2020-11-16 15:59:52

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  48. I would love to win this Lucy box surprise The most! Just discovered your blog and love it for my 4, 2 and 9 month old!

    2020-11-16 16:22:32

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  49. Love all this information! Thanks for sharing.

    2020-11-16 16:48:39

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  50. How wonderful!! My favorite is the St. Lucy package :)

    2020-11-16 17:02:33

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  51. I was just looking up Christmas books. Perfect post!

    2020-11-16 17:16:46

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  52. What a great giveaway! Always love your great book suggestions and ideas. Thank you for sharing!

    2020-11-16 17:44:23

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  53. What a treasure of information, thank you!! Great gifts to receive as well!! :)

    2020-11-16 17:49:19

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  54. Love them!

    2020-11-16 17:51:24

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  55. They all look wonderful, but I think the St. Lucy one is my favorite

    2020-11-16 17:53:23

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  56. Thanks for sharing!!! I always look forward to your gift ideas. I love them all, but I think the St. Lucy bundle is my favorite.

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  57. These look amazing! I am very excited about the St. Lucy box. We are new to liturgical living and I'm always looking for ways to celebrate!

    2020-11-16 18:19:22

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  58. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. I’d love the cookie stamps or the St Lucy collection. St Lucia has been a favorite since I was a child. I’ve even dressed as St Lucia with a crown of candles for a church procession and songs.

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  60. Thank you for your lovely blog and fantastic book lists. They are quite helpful in choosing new books for our home collections. I think we would enjoy the cookie stamps, but any of the prizes would be wonderful our kids or godchildren. Pax Christi!

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  61. Thank you for sharing your ideas of chapter books/advent reading for older teens. I always look forward to your Advent/Christmas book list each year. Thank you for hosting another give away. The cookie sets look lovely. God bless!

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  62. I love the cookie stamps! But all of the prizes are lovely.

    2020-11-16 19:28:07

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  63. These are awesome prizes!!

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  64. I always enjoy your book lists, Advent/Christmas ideas, and spotlights on amazing Catholic authors and products/companies!

    2020-11-16 19:32:08

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  65. I like the book a year idea, that is a great way to grow a library for sure!

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  66. I love this post! Great book choices. Thank you also for the giveaway. My first pick would be the books for teens and kids. My second favorite is the St. Lucy box. Hi

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  67. Thank you for your wonderful blog. I found inspiration in your blog as I became a Catholic; at age 30, I was finally baptized and brought into the Catholic faith. As a new Catholic, there is so much that I am still learning! Thank you for continuing to share your life, family, and faith with the world.

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  68. The St Lucy prize is my favorite, too.

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  69. The Scottish book! I am definitely going to get that as it goes along with my family roots. I love books like that!

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  70. I can't remember how I happened upon your blog a couple years ago but I look forward to all your creative ideas you have throughout the year for inspiring and teaching the Catholic faith to our children... and grandchildren! Thank you for all your hard work!

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  71. Love all of the prize boxes but the St. Lucy one is my favorite!

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  72. You are my absolute go-to for all things liturgical and literary!! Thank you for sharing all that you do!! Love this giveaway 😍

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  73. Thank you for these books for Advent! Love them so much!! These suggestions are so important to remind us of the true reason for Christmas!!! Like St Therese', I choose all! Any of the gifts are wonderful!

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  74. All of these look awesome! I think #2 or #3 would fit my family best right now. What great giveaways!

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  75. All of the prizes are wonderful but the Lucia package is my favorite. Marion

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  76. Always great book ideas!

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  77. Such a great giveaway! Thank you!

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  78. I absolutely love your Shower of Roses blog! I have little nieces and nephews that love story time and helping out in the kitchen with baking. Honestly any of the prizes would be much appreciated.

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  79. All of these are amazing! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful liturgical resources!

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  80. Wow! What a great giveaway! I always enjoy the book baskets you prepared and loved getting book ideas from there, as well as your Ostheimer toy ideas, and the American girls saint costumes! Thank you for sharing!

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  81. I love these posts! I had actually looked at the old posts yesterday to try and plan out this year, so perfect timing on your part as I hadn't purchased anything yet!

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  82. Great suggestions! Thank you ror having this contest.

    2020-11-17 00:38:53

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  83. These are my favorite posts of yours. These and the Easter basket ones. I’ve gotten a lot of ideas from you over the years. Thank you for always putting it together!

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  84. Fantastic thoughtful blog. Like the cookie stamps

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  85. How could I not enter?!

    2020-11-17 01:39:15

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  86. I really appreciate your book recommendations and use them each year. Thanks!

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  87. Thank you for putting this together. I reference your lists everytime I’m looking for gifts for my kids! I love all the prizes. But my fav would be a toss up between the books and the st Lucy box.

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  88. You always have the best book lists! Thank you for inspiring us!

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  89. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  90. What beautiful items to celebrate Advent and the Christmas season with!

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  91. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I would especially love the cookie stamps! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  92. I agree, the ABC book is my favorite. I am sure my girls would love the St. Lucy set. Praying all is well. God bless!

    2020-11-17 05:17:26

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  93. That's an amazing giveaway! Thank you so much for doing this!

    2020-11-17 05:52:13

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  94. What a beautiful giveaway! Thank you!

    2020-11-17 11:50:33

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  95. Thank you for these amazing ideas and resources year after year! Would be happy to win any of these! God bless.

    2020-11-17 14:55:40

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  96. One of my sons was born on the feast of Saint Lucy! Thanks for doing these giveaways!

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  97. Thanks for this opportunity! So excited!

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  98. Ooh, all the giveaways are great, though the martyrs collecting is my fav. I love favorite. Christmas books you're giving you kids this year, & I've added some for future purchase for my family, too. Thanks!

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  99. I love seeing the book ideas!

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  100. The cookie stamps are just perfect!

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  101. Another awesome giveaway! Would be thrilled to win!

    2020-11-17 19:41:55

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  102. Thanks for always sharing your book ideas! Thank you also for the giveaway. All the prizes are great but I would love to win the cookie stamps!

    2020-11-17 20:21:35

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  103. I look forward to this list each year! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful finds and ideas!!

    2020-11-17 20:44:26

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  104. Thank you for sharing!! I really enjoy looking through all your recommendations.

    2020-11-17 21:26:42

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  105. I love 1 or 3!

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  106. I would love the St. Lucy pack. She is my patron saint!

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  107. I like your blog very much. If I win the St Lucy basket, I will name my future daughter after her :)

    2020-11-17 22:21:14

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  108. We look forward to your Advent posts every year!

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  109. You always have such wonderful selections to share with us, thank you! I am so thrilled for you to have all 9 home for Advent, what a special blessing.

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  110. Dear Jessica, A big, and very sincere, thank you for all the inspiration you've given me over the years with your blog. Our 9 children (14 and under) have benefitted so much as a result of your efforts. Like you we've 4 boys and 5 girls (with another boy due after Christmas to even the sexes). Our 6th child is Lucy and we love to celebrate her feast day. If I won we'd love the box of St. Lucy treats. Prayers for you all from Ireland.

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  111. As always, I love your book lists and greatly appreciate the time you take to give a summary and your opinion. I am so grateful for all of the resources and ideas you share. May God bless you and mary keep you.

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  112. We have a Lucy! Thank you so much for doing this!!

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  113. I love these ideas!

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  114. A friend shared your blog and I'm super excited to try out some of your ideas for St. Nicholas' feast day and some of the other feasts during Advent. I'm most interested in the cookie stamps since I have two kiddos under 5!

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  115. I look forward to this post every year. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and recommendations. God bless you!

    2020-11-18 01:35:10

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  116. I love the idea of giving books that can eventually be passed on to the next generation. We do something similar in our house with nativity sets.

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  117. Love your book suggestions. What a wonderful giveaway too.

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  118. Thank you for the giveaway! We'd love the cookie stamps!

    2020-11-18 04:23:17

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  119. Thanks for all of the creative ideas! The cookie set is adorable.

    2020-11-18 05:25:05

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  120. As always thanks for another great giveaway! The book lists are always so helpful in finding new ones to add to our collection.

    2020-11-18 07:30:00

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  121. I love your blog and all the excellent material for children, it is truly a treasure.

    2020-11-18 15:01:47

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  122. The St Lucy box looks lovely! I love all of your book recommendations!

    2020-11-18 18:22:14

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  123. Jessica I get so much inspiration from your blog. God bless all you do. I would love the St. Lucy box.

    2020-11-18 20:41:09

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  124. Thank you for all these resources!

    2020-11-18 20:48:53

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  125. Thanks for all of your wonderful book suggestions! My favorite of these prizes are the St. Lucy items.

    2020-11-18 20:51:42

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  126. Awesome! I just ran out of my old list! Thanks for the suggestions!!!

    2020-11-18 21:20:14

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  127. I would love a chance to win the Saint Lucia box most of all, but the cookie presses look amazing too!

    2020-11-18 23:21:56

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  128. Does each child have their own unique set of books or do they have multiples of the same? We give each child a book on St. Nick’s feast day as well, but they all sort of become communal. Trying to figure out the logistics of that 🤣

    2020-11-18 23:32:32

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  129. Thank you! I just love seeing your book suggestions.

    2020-11-19 00:11:56

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  130. The cookie presses are so pretty, but I love the book collections too!

    2020-11-19 00:40:58

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  131. Thank you for offering the giveaway. I'd love to win Prize #3 the St. Lucy Special edition box.

    2020-11-19 00:59:28

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  132. Bernadette McMasterFebruary 10, 2022 at 2:05 PM

    As always, you're the best! Thanks for all the inspiration/. God bless you.

    2020-11-19 01:37:30

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  133. What a helpful resource! I appreciate the ideas!

    2020-11-19 02:05:18

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  134. thanks for giveaway!!

    2020-11-19 03:03:38

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  135. So many good books! I'll have to look these up. One of my favorite picture books for Advent and Christmas with my kids is Silent Night, by Lara Hawthorne-it's lovely. These prize packs are amazing! The St. Nicholas cookie stamp one is particularly cool looking :)

    2020-11-19 03:59:34

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  136. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I’m excited to implement another advent tradition or two.

    2020-11-19 07:59:10

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  137. This is fantastic! I find it hard now with seven to find something new for each of the different ages and this will help!

    2020-11-19 12:45:38

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  138. Thank you for putting this together! My favorite prize is the St. Lucy box.

    2020-11-19 15:51:34

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  139. The Spider Who Saved Christmas (my dad just sent us this book) was such a different story and a welcome addition to our Christmas books. Happy to find out from you Jessica that the author and publisher are Catholic. Bonus!

    2020-11-19 18:36:48

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  140. Once again thanks for the great book recommendations!!!

    2020-11-19 18:58:36

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  141. Thank you for another wonderful book list including titles that are new to me. Inspiring ideas for gift giving for all ages. Blessings

    2020-11-19 20:50:44

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  142. Thank you for all of your lovely Book titles! Great ideas for grandchildren gifts! Your giveaways are wonderful! Blessings to your family!

    2020-11-20 00:24:16

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  143. You are such an inspiration, Jessica. Thank you so much for sharing! My Lucia would love that St. Lucy basket! May God reward you for your generosity.

    2020-11-20 07:50:51

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  144. Wonderful ideas as usual.

    2020-11-20 10:51:42

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  145. so cute my daughter Catherinegrace is making confirmation too.

    2020-11-20 18:13:17

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  146. Thank you for the giveway!!!

    2020-11-20 21:24:05

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  147. Thank you! Jen

    2020-11-20 21:57:00

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  148. Thank you for your wonderful suggestions

    2020-11-20 22:08:33

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  149. Love your giveaways! That new ABC book is beautiful.

    2020-11-21 01:56:06

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  150. Love these books!! Thank you for sharing and love your blog, I come and look at old posts often for inspiration in my own home.

    2020-11-21 03:59:24

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  151. I always look so forward to your book lists and gift ideas! Thank you, Jessica. So happy for you that you will have all nine of your children home! Your heart must be overflowing with joy! 😊 The giveaways are all so nice, but I am especially interested in the St. Lucy box. I had never heard of them! I know my kids would enjoy the books, too, so I am going to keep them in mind as well! Thank you so much for offering them! Three people will be very blessed! God bless you and your Advent! 💕

    2020-11-21 05:26:29

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  152. Thank you for sharing. I always love your list of books and am constantly going back for ideas not for my children, and now grandchild and godchildren. I also love how the list is ever growing.

    2020-11-21 12:53:08

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  153. You find the best books!

    2020-11-21 13:04:45

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  154. You always find some great books!

    2020-11-21 13:47:48

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  155. Gorgeous hand picked selection! I’ve just bought the ABC one!

    2020-11-21 14:12:02

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  156. I enjoy these posts so much, Jessica! I think my favorite thing is the stuff for your bigs. The stuff for the littles is always amazing, but it’s easier to find. Thank you!

    2020-11-21 14:21:06

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  157. Wonderful ideas! Thank you!

    2020-11-21 15:18:04

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  158. I love seeing your St. Nicholas ideas! I always get so many wonderful gift ideas from your posts.

    2020-11-21 16:03:16

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  159. Our ancestry is Scottish, so I am excited to see the "12 Days O Yule!" Thank you for the inspiration!

    2020-11-21 21:16:38

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  160. Love these ideas! Going to look at getting some for my girls this year!

    2020-11-21 21:52:07

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  161. So lovely! Thank you!

    2020-11-21 22:00:28

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  162. Lovely ideas!

    2020-11-22 01:14:49

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  163. Great giveaway. I already see several books I need to purchase for Christmas gifts. Thanks for the ideas!

    2020-11-22 01:53:00

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  164. hooray for a new book list!!!! prize 3 looks awesome!!

    2020-11-22 15:08:34

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  165. I'm a Catholic Teen and would love to win any of these prizes! My Favorite is the St. Lucy basket. I have some protestant friends who are interested in St. Lucy and would love to share with them!

    2020-11-22 16:04:17

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  166. I'm so excited to find this! I always find myself going through the archives. Thank you!

    2020-11-22 21:16:24

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  167. I love the ABC book; how lovely!

    2020-11-23 03:52:54

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  168. Thank you for all these offerings! Blessed Advent!

    2020-11-23 12:59:41

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  169. Beautiful gifts! I think my boys would love prize #1 or prize #2 , but honestly we would be happy with either.

    2020-11-23 14:38:39

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  170. Happy Advent and Merry Blessed Christmas to your family

    2020-11-23 16:30:39

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  171. I would love prize #1! With prize #2 being a very close second!

    2020-11-23 19:49:23

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  172. I love your book lists! Thank you.

    2020-11-23 20:02:52

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  173. Another wonderful post for the Feast of St. Nicholas!

    2020-11-23 20:14:14

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  174. I'm so excited about this book list! Thank you! And I'm thinking those cookie cutter stamps are about the coolest thing I've ever seen😁

    2020-11-23 20:33:41

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  175. I have always loved your book lists!! You have inspired me over the last 6 years since I found you to fill our home with beautiful books, a few added every year!

    2020-11-23 21:32:02

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  176. Love seeing all the NEW books!! Thank you!

    2020-11-23 22:20:00

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  177. Thank you!

    2020-11-23 23:04:39

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  178. What a fun give away! I would love the collection of martyr stories for my kiddos. Great book recommendations, too! Thank you!

    2020-11-23 23:55:52

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  179. Love your giveaways! Thank you

    2020-11-24 00:12:25

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  180. So sweet of you. I would love that ABC book! I’m excited that I get to teach my kids about the real Saint Nicholas this year!

    2020-11-24 02:13:39

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  181. Jessica, you are such a gem! You have been my #1 go-to for awesome Catholic book recommendations for many years. Thank you!

    2020-11-24 03:05:00

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  182. Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

    2020-11-24 05:14:47

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  183. Hoping to make St Nicholas cookies this year!

    2020-11-24 06:59:49

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  184. I always love your ideas! Thank you for sharing! My daughter loves to be in the kitchen these days, so prize #1 would be perfect!

    2020-11-24 12:03:39

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  185. I'd love to give the cookie stamps a try. Every year, I end up making the "nutter butter" St. Nicholas cookies! But this year, I believe I would actually have time to try another method! Thanks for all you share!

    2020-11-24 12:46:47

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  186. Thanks for all the gift and book ideas. You've done it again!

    2020-11-24 12:56:12

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  187. A feast for the eyes, as usual! i want all the things for our family!

    2020-11-24 13:32:06

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  188. Our family loves a great book. Finding your blog has been a delight. Any of the prizes would be exciting to win. God bless you for inspiring so many families to celebrate the faith, the pearl of great price!

    2020-11-24 13:34:58

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  189. You always have the best suggestions! Enjoy having all your kids home for Advent and Christmas!

    2020-11-24 14:28:22

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  190. That Scottish 12 Days of Christmas looks so fun! I would love the cookie stamps 💛

    2020-11-24 16:38:10

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  191. Christina HostetlerFebruary 10, 2022 at 2:35 PM

    I always look at your book lists! Thank you!

    2020-11-24 18:53:38

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  192. Thank you for sharing. Love reading the book reviews.

    2020-11-24 20:05:33

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  193. You always have such beautiful book selections! Most of our library comes for your blog posts!

    2020-11-24 21:53:07

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  194. What a lovely giveaway! I would love to win the St. Lucy special edition box! Thank you for your blog posts and booklists - so helpful!

    2020-11-25 00:04:03

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  195. First time visiting your site. 💕💕it!

    2020-11-25 01:54:53

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  196. Love this post! So many great book ideas!

    2020-11-25 03:37:57

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  197. Another fantastic giveaway. I would love the cookie stamps or the St Lucy basket.

    2020-11-25 05:09:02

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  198. What great new book ideas! I've also seen the spider book described around social media and was glad to see your peek into it as well. As for the giveaways, I'd love the St. Lucy kit or the stamps the most. Thanks!

    2020-11-25 13:44:44

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