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Religious Gift Ideas to Help You Plan New Valentine’s Day Traditions With Your Family

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You’ll Always Be My Valentine

Here you are in 2014. It came before you knew it. Now it is almost February and that
means Valentine’s Day is around the corner. So it’s not too soon to give some thought as to how you will celebrate the Day.

Valentine celebrations don’t have to be only about romantic love between a man and a woman, as wonderful as that is. It’s also a great holiday to celebrate as a family. For Christian families, it’s a holiday with many natural connections to our faith. So here are some religious gift ideas and suggestions for making this Valentine’s Day the start of at least one new family tradition.

1. Talk about how the Bible defines love
If you ask 10 people to define the word LOVE you’ll get 10 different answers. But since God Himself is love, your best source for defining love is found in His Word. Fortunately for us, God has provided an entire chapter – 1 Corinthians 13 – to the subject of what love is. Consider printing out the chapter and then take one characteristic of love to discuss as a family over dinner. How can we show this kind of love? How does God?

2. Give a cross necklace
The greatest love ever shown was demonstrated on the cross of Calvary. Explain the love behind Christ’s sacrifice and give your children their very own cross necklace. The Printery House offers cross jewelry appropriate for both boys and girls.

3. Share some sweetness with a lonely heart
Sometimes the best religious gift ideas are wrapped up in a simple act of kindness. As a family, take a bag of chocolate kisses or homemade heart-shaped cookies to a widow, widower or shut-in.

4. Paint the day red
Have fun with the color red on Valentine’s Day. Wear red clothes. Put up red decorations. Make red food (e.g. tomatoes, strawberries, red peppers) or use red food coloring to turn other foods into Valentine’s Day cuisine.

5. Give personal care gifts to show you care
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to give gifts that pamper the person. At The Printery House you can find scented handmade soaps and delicious body scrubs. You can purchase soaps as a gift bag or put together your own body-loving gift basket. Include bible verses such as Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news and Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands along
with others you find to share.

6. Don’t forget the cards
Valentine’s Day cards are a tradition for everyone – lovers, families, friends, believers and unbelievers. Cards are a great way to share the love of Christ with all the people in your life. Encourage your kids to think of folks they would like to send a valentine and then have everyone write their own around the table. The Printery House even
offers cards with a bit of information on St Valentine!

Don’t wait to make a Valentine Day family plan. Life has a way of running ahead of us when we don’t have one. Look at our religious gift ideas and order your cards now and make this February the start of at least one new family tradition in the name of LOVE.

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Girls’ First Communion: Best Gifts and Messages

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First Communion Olive Wood Rosary

A girl’s first communion is an important day and deserves to be treated as such. First communion is a day which marks a person’s full entry into the life of the church body. Although adults who enter the faith also celebrate first communion, most girls’ first communion will occur between the ages of seven and fourteen. Cards, gifts and even small parties are often part of what makes this day so memorable for the young believer.

First communion is offered to girls and boys who have come to understand the teachings of the gospel and church practice. It is an exciting life event and an occasion of time honored traditions and celebrations. On a girl’s first communion it is common for her to wear a white dress which symbolizes her purity.

There are many items which make ideal gifts for a girl’s first communion. Perhaps the most popular item given is the gift of a rosary. Rosary beads are given to Catholic girls on the occasion of their first communion to encourage them toward a life of prayer. The beads help to count prayers so that the person praying can concentrate on the words being spoken. Rosaries come in many styles to suit all tastes; wood, glass, and even crystal. There are a variety of designs to choose from so that you can choose one that is perfect for the girl who is celebrating her first communion.

Another popular first communion gift is the gift of a crucifix or cross necklace. Like the rosary, these necklaces come in all kinds of styles from the simple to the ornate. Cross jewelry is available in gold, silver or more rustic styles such as wood crosses on a cord.

Bibles make excellent gifts for a girl’s first communion. Gift bibles can be personalized with an embossed name on the cover. Younger girls taking their first communion might appreciate an illustrated bible with colorful pictures of special Bible stories. It can be nice to write on the front page a congratulatory note and the date in honor of the occasion.

There are so many ways to acknowledge the joy of first communion. The Printery House offers all of the above as well as keepsake boxes, keepsake albums, wall crosses and even first communion musical statues. First communion cards are also available to help you let the young lady know that you are happy for her and proud of her decision to walk in obedience to the Lord.

If you plan to attend a girl’s first communion soon, why not browse through their online catalog of cards and gifts? The Printery House makes shopping online a breeze.

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Catholic Religious Jewelry: Beautiful and Encouraging

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The Father and Son Cross

Jewelry is an easy way to add a special touch to an outfit, but it is also a way to express a little bit of who you are. Whether you choose chunky jewelry or delicate and understated pieces, jewelry reflects something about the wearer. Catholic religious jewelry can also be a reminder to yourself and others that you are a person of faith.

Wearing a piece of jewelry connected to your faith can be a constant reminder that you are more than just another person walking through life. You are a child of the Most High God. Like a signet ring on a king, a piece of Catholic religious jewelry can help you remember that you belong to the One who has all authority. On some days it can be hard to remember that you are not walking through life on your own. How welcome on those days is a small piece of jewelry that helps you keep life’s challenges in proper perspective!

But faith-related jewelry isn’t a reminder to you alone. You may put on a necklace, tie pin or bracelet and then forget you are wearing it. Not so for all the people you encounter through the day. They will notice your chosen article and make note that you are a person with faith in God and love for the Son. They may even comment or ask you about it. What a great opportunity then to tell someone else about the triune
God whom you serve! All because you chose to put on a piece of jewelry that has meaning.

Women often choose to wear cross necklaces and bracelets. Thankfully, there are as many styles of cross jewelry as there are personalities. There are simple stainless crosses on silver chains.  There are ornate crosses. Crosses can be large or small. Sometimes they are elegant and set pendant-style on a bright-colored background. There is a cross necklace to match every fashion taste.

Women aren’t the only ones who need encouragement in their faith through the day, there are masculine cross necklaces for men too. The Father and Son cross necklace is one example of this. This silver-toned necklace has a cut out cross superimposed upon an outer cross representing Jesus and the Father together in the work of Calvary. The Shield of Faith is another example of a masculine piece of Catholic religious jewelry. This silver necklace boasts a small shield pendant with a cross on one side and the
words of Joshua 1:9 on the back “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged; for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Catholic religious jewelry makes an ideal gift for any occasion or no occasion at all. Necklaces, bracelets and tie pins with symbols of Christian faith are great for birthdays, Christmas, Easter, anniversaries, or graduations. But they are also good to give ‘just because’. Why not send one to a college student to let them know you are thinking of them and praying for them as they are trying out their faith on their own for the first
time? A friend who lives far away might be blessed to receive a gift that speaks about the faith you share.

Catholic religious jewelry can be purchased at Christian bookstores and gift shops as well as online at vendors such as The Printery House. You don’t need a reason. Life gives us a million reasons to surround ourselves with what is beautiful and encouraging.

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