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Send a Catholic Christmas Card and Ornament Celebrating a Popular Carol and Keep the Tradition Going

Glass Disc Ornament Set

Glass Disc Ornament Set

Singing from the heart over the birth of Christ started with the angels. The gospel of Luke recounts the appearance of a multitude of heavenly beings who burst forth in songful praise to the Glory of God and goodwill toward men. Since that night, singing praise over the gift of Christmas has remained an integral part of celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Early Christmas Carols
Within the first century after Christ, special hymn music for the holiday was being written and performed. Christmas carols, as we now call them, are so named from a French term (carole) meaning joyful song or circle dance. Many early carols were composed in Latin, the language of the church but not of the common people. For this reason, carol singing lost popularity until the 1200s when St Francis arranged nativity plays which included songs sung in the language of the common folk. The carols were popular but not seen as church music. Instead, they were the entertaining music sung by minstrels in the streets of town.

Going A-Caroling
Carols remained popular and spread until the English Puritans began to frown upon the common music not deemed sufficiently reverential. It was not until the Reformation took hold that Christmas hymns/carols enjoyed a revival among church leaders eager to make faith accessible for everyday people. The practice of carol singing perhaps reached its heights during the Victorian Age. It was during Victorian times that people first began to go “a-caroling” singing the songs of the season and collecting alms from house to house.

Renewing Interest in Christmas Carols
The monks of Conception Abbey want to help you celebrate the coming of the Christ child. Choose a Catholic Christmas card to send and then pick out one of several ornaments they have which draw on popular Christmas carols.

The Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments are simple decorations which depict the dozen gifts in the English carol.
Little Drummer Boy features Mary snuggling infant Jesus to her heart while in her skirt folds, the little drummer boy plays his music to welcome the King.
O Night Divine is a hand-painted glass ornament with a tender image of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus
Silent Night, Holy Night is a deep blue ornament reminiscent of the holy night when Christ came to earth in a humble stable
We Three Kings is a vibrant ornament depicting the journey of the eastern kings en route to bow before the King of Kings. This ornament is available in glass or carved and painted wood-like resin.

This season, remember how St Francis brought singing back into practice. Think of the Victorians who went from house to house singing of His Coming. Help others remember too by sending them a meaningful Catholic Christmas card and using carol-inspired ornaments to revive the habit of joyful Christmas singing. Go online to see The Printery House ornament collection or to choose your 2014 Catholic Christmas card.

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Choosing the Right Catholic Gifts for Newlyweds

Finding the perfect gift for newlyweds that are special to you can be difficult. You want it to be sentimental but sometimes it needs to be practical too. You also want it to be personal, something that will make them realize how much they mean to you. Choosing Catholic gifts adds a whole other layer of thought because you want the gift to provide religious inspiration or recollection while still making them feel important and special to you personally. When it comes to searching for the right gift for newly married couples in your life, sometimes the simplest gifts are the most memorable.

Newlyweds are about to embark on a beautiful, rough, spiritual journey together and they will need all the love and guidance they can get. For this reason, gifting them a couple’s Bible is a good start. Find a book that accompanies the Bible, a book that will allow them to study the Word together. This gift is both meaningful and heartfelt, as it helps the couple learn to start their lives as one in a spiritual sense as well as a worldly sense.

When it comes to home decorating, newlyweds often don’t receive a lot of Catholic gifts that they could display in their home. A personal gift from you could be just what they need, be it a beautiful religious figurine of some kind, a decorative cross for the wall, or a special framed painting with Christian art or a verse. Little knick knacks like this will make their house a home and remind them how loved they are by the people like you in their lives.

Sometimes, practical gifts are a smart go-to as well. If you want to be sure you’re still giving Catholic gifts to the religious couple you know and love, there are a lot of products that weave religious images and verses in. You could buy them a set of mugs with Bible verses printed on them, or a set of cuff bracelets with important words like faith, love, or hope engraved on them. Giving them something they can use or wear often means that you will be on their minds a lot and that they will always remember how loved they are, even when they’re doing little tasks like sipping from a coffee mug in the morning.

Lastly, you could pull out all the stops and give them Catholic gifts that are sentimental and deep-rooted. Give them a music box filled with special trinkets, a tapestry they could hang on their wall, or a framed copy of an important piece of scripture, like the Apostles’ Creed. Gifts like this will become staples of their walk with the Lord together and be a constant reminder that you are praying for and supporting them every step of the way.

At The Printery House, we want every gift you give to be a meaningful one. That’s why we carry products that mean something, products with a backstory you can hang your hat on, the story of your faith. Newlyweds are important to us because they are the couples that stand up together for a common cause and aim to make the world a better place as one unit, and we have just the gift for this special couple in your life.

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A Few Religious Gifts That Could Help Your Aging Loved One Stay Connected at Church

"Amazing Woman" Mug and Coaster Set

“Amazing Woman” Mug and Coaster Set

As we grow older our ability to do many things diminishes. Physical strength wanes. Energy dries up. Yet, the apostle Paul makes it clear that spiritual vitality is one thing that should increase with the years. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day”  2 Corinthians 4:16. Yet limited physical abilities may keep an aging loved one from recognizing how they are still a vital member of the body of Christ.

Why Older Believers May Feel Disenfranchised
Often older members of the church are limited on what they can participate in at church by physical limitations. These saints may have trouble with their night vision which keeps them from attending evening mid-week services or special nighttime events. Failing strength may keep them from volunteering to fill many roles. They may begin to feel left out because they can’t do as much as they once could and often stop being a part of the church.

How Older Believers Can Remain Integral
But, the church suffers when it is characterized by youth with no godly wisdom and input from more experienced believers. You can help your elderly family member or friends see how the body needs their ministry, even if that ministry looks different now than it did when they were younger.

The next time you are at the Christian bookstore, consider picking up a few religious gifts that could help your loved one stay engaged with the body. What kinds of religious gifts? Here are a few suggestions.

1. One on One Discipling
Older men and women are instructed in Titus Chapter 2 to be not only be Godly examples but Godly trainers in righteous living. Older saints can still meet one on one with younger men and women and read through the scriptures, books on theology or histories of the saints. They don’t even have to leave home to do it. Young saints can come to them.

2. Card Writing
Older saints who have trouble reading, can still have a vital card ministry. Sending cards to new moms, young fathers, struggling businessmen, the ill, fresh converts and even to the pastoral staff is a great way to share the love and wisdom of Christ with the next generation.

3. Prayer
Prayer is one of the most powerful tools Jesus left for His children on earth, and yet it is perhaps one of the least utilized. Older saints have fewer distractions in life and can spend time in earnest prayer for church members, the priest or pastor and missionary outreach. Only in heaven will the church discover how much forward kingdom movement was empowered by such prayers.

The truth is that the church is growing older and we need to find a way not only to reach young converts, but to keep older saints integral to the life of the body. If you have an older loved one, pick up a few religious gifts (devotional books, prayer journals, stationary) to help them pour out on others the overflowing grace God has poured into them through a lifetime. Check out these religious gifts and others at The Printery House.

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Five Religious Gift Ideas to Thank Your Pastor or Priest

Garden Stone 1Today is always a good day to say thanks to your priest or pastor for all their service and leadership. From weekly inspiration to visiting members to helping celebrate your life’s milestones, your priest or pastor definitely leaves a lasting impact on your life and that of your family. If you’re not sure how to show your appreciation, read on for some easy tips on choosing from religious gift ideas.

1. Go simple – send a beautiful handwritten card, out of the blue. Why not surprise your pastor with a card with a personal message? You can even get kids involved by having them include a hand-drawn picture. This is even more meaningful when you choose a religious greeting card made by the monks and artists at the Printery House, an apostolic work of the Benedictine monastery Conception Abbey.

2. Coffee, anyone? It’s always fun to remember that someone appreciated you with a new coffee mug. Whether it’s used at the office or at home, it’ll bring a smile. Look for one with an uplifting scripture or even a bit of humor. Every time they enjoy a hot cup of coffee they will be encouraged.

3. Christian wall art is more popular than ever … send your pastor or priest something to brighten up their office or their living room. From bright colors and bold scriptures to peaceful images, there are so many ways to say “thank you” when it comes to wall art.

4. If your pastor or priest is a rock for your family, show it with a decorative rock for their garden or home. This garden stone from The Printery House has an eye-catching but simple design that’s appealing all year long, in any season.

5. Why not send a picture frame with your family together with your priest or pastor? If you’ve shared a family or church event recently, send a photo as a keepsake in a frame that’s ready to display. Everyone’s desk can use a new look now and then, and it’ll be even more special with your family photo.

This is just the start for ways to say “thank you” to your pastor or priest. Take a moment to look through our gifts and card at The Printery House so that you can send your appreciation today, and you’ll both be blessed.

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