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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.

Use Catholic Christmas Cards to Connect With Loved Ones

A Christmas Prayer
A Christmas Prayer

Choosing the year’s Christmas greeting card is a fun and meaningful decision – especially when there are so many choices. Some families like quaint cards and some like those with a cute design. Others decide based on the text and prefer artwork that is understated. Whichever kind you like best, Catholic Christmas cards from The Printery House have just the right look and message for you. Here is a sample of what you’ll find online at The Printery House.

Unique Miracle of Christmas Collection
The Miracle of Christmas cards boast a muted black and white winter photo on the outside along with a bible verse and contemplative prayer on the inside. The cards are handmade and composed by the monks of Conception Abbey making them truly unique.

Spirit of Christmas Assortment
With a more colorful and contemporary look, the Spirit of Christmas cards will appeal to those looking for specific messaging. Bright, modern artwork from artists, including the renowned author/illustrator Tomie dePaola combine with prayers for current issues like good stewardship of the earth and peace to reign in the world.

Christmas Classics
Classic Catholic Christmas cards feature lovely works of traditional art, some taken from the Beuronesem murals in the Abbey itself. The tried and true images of the nativity are like miniature paintings matched with the timeless words of Scripture.

Good Form for Form Letters
Once you’ve chosen your cards, your next decision is whether or not to compose a letter to be included in the cards. Here are a few tips if you decide on a family newsletter.

1. Begin with a cheerful word. Something like “We love connecting with family and friends at this time of year! Or, Blessings of the Season from our home to yours!” Begin your letter on a joyful note.

2. Less really is more. If your letter is too long people will set it aside to be read later and may never actually get to it. Be brief and only mention a few highlights from the year.

3. Write simply and clearly. Your goal is communication and highlights of the year.

4. Family letters are probably not appropriate for business associates. Try organizing your card list according to: family, friends, business, other (social clubs, neighbors, church etc.)

5. Fewer photos is a good thing. Focus on one or two good pictures that really highlight your family.

Form letters save you time, but they can’t replace personal words. Even large group letters need a line or two written in your own hand to the recipients. Browse through our Catholic Christmas cards online and choose a design that suits your family’s personality. Then, form letter or not, find a few personal words to share. At The Printery House we offer cards that can help you connect with friends and family this Christmas season.

Sending Catholic Christmas Cards: Continuing the Tradition

Abbey Prayer for Christmas
Abbey Prayer for Christmas

Yes, it’s still gloriously Fall. The gold and amber of autumn hasn’t yet faded to winter grey. So why should you be thinking of Christmas cards now? It seems in this digital age many families are disposing of the practice of sending actual Christmas cards. But there are several good reasons for continuing the tradition of mailing out Christmas cards.

1. Cards are Expressions of Love
It may be easier to shoot out an e-card, but that’s just the point. Sitting down to address a real card and even include a personal line or two takes time. It’s an investment made in relationship. Actual cards are gifts and they do a great job of expressing sincere love – especially in an electronic environment.

2. Catholic Christmas Cards are Expressions of Faith
Christmas time is a natural time to bear witness to the hope that is in you. Sending friends and loved ones or even casual friends and co-workers a faith-based card is great way to celebrate the season and the truth that guides your life. The Printery House offers a wide selection of Catholic Christmas cards to suit every taste or need. There is a collection of Abbey Christmas Prayer cards made onsite at Conception Abbey and each of which contains a prayer composed by the monks of the order. There are also cards based on classic works of art depicting the birth of Christ along with more contemporary designs. This is a time to celebrate what it means to be a believer!

3. Cards are Symbols of Celebration
Years ago many homes hung the cards received from loved ones on a string of holiday garland. Christmas cards were part of the holiday décor. Others tape cards on the front door or refrigerator during the season. A collection of cards adds to the atmosphere of rejoicing.

A few guidelines:

  • Consider mailing cards at least to close friends and family members. You don’t have to be a letter-writer, but a couple of personal lines will make the card precious to the recipients.
  • Think about sending Catholic Christmas cards to people who sent you a card last Christmas. One family keeps the cards they receive in a basket on the meal table and prays for each person or family represented throughout the year. Wouldn’t you like to be in their basket?
  • Family newsletters are not taboo, but keep in mind that less is more, and only mail them to people you know are truly interested. Beware of using them to boast.
  • Send out cards earlier rather than later. The USPS suggests mailing cards at least 20 days in advance. Thanksgiving week is not too soon. On the other hand, some families enjoy mailing cards later during the 12 days of Christmas. Just be sure that recipients understand what you are about and don’t mistakenly suppose they were an afterthought.

Keep the tradition of Christmas cards alive. Visit us at The Printery House and check out our extensive variety of Catholic Christmas cards. You’ll be glad you did and so will the people who receive them!