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Find Inspirational Gifts For Christmas Early and Enjoy the Season With Less Stress

 

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God’s Smallest Wonders Mug

It is hard to believe that we are almost through October. Halloween is almost here and then comes the holiday season. If you look around you may even see the Christmas displays already up at many of your favorite stores.

Christmas is a meaningful and precious holiday (a holy day) and it deserves to be celebrated without nerves being on edge and credit cards worn from overuse. As with so many areas of life, a little planning on the front end can mean a far better outcome on the back end. So here are some suggestions for reducing the seasonal stress of holiday shopping.

1. Make a Christmas budget. Budgets help ensure that you don’t spend more than you have. They mean that you know how to avoid January overspend depression. It isn’t a bad idea to have an idea of how much you would like to spend overall and on each person.

2. Make a gift list. Christmas lists are not only for who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Write down everyone to whom you would like to give a gift. This list should include everyone from the mailman to Grandma Betty. Some gifts may cost very little (home baked bread or pies for the teacher or mailman). Others may need a bigger allowance. This is where assigning a dollar amount to each person can be helpful.

3. Make a savings account. It can be a formal Christmas account at the bank or it can be a glass jar at the back of a kitchen cabinet with your secret unspent grocery money and change. Ideally, this is a year-long endeavor.

4. Make a page for keeping track. If you think of a great idea for Uncle Bob – write it down. If you buy a gift for someone – write that down too. Keep track of how much you spend on every purchase.

5. Make a plan. If you want to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas celebration, have a plan for doing that. Inspirational gifts are one way to keep the focus on Christ. If you don’t have a plan to keep things centered, it is way too easy to get swept away by the whirlwind.

6. Make an online shopping date. Looking online for presents and inspirational gifts is a great way to lower the stress quotient this Christmas. Online shopping means no parking hassles, no crowds to deal with and no tired feet. Many online stores offer free shipping so there is really no reason not to enjoy the convenience. And if you shop early there is a great selection – no Black Friday ‘out of stock’ issues.

Don’t let your Christmas season turn into a runaway freight train. Start now and it you can get a lot done before the press of Christmas activities begin to fill every slot on the calendar. If you’re looking for a place to find inspirational gifts – check out The Printery House, an online gift store run by the monks of Conception Abbey. Then when Christmas is here enjoy the time you have celebrating the birth of Christ.

Inspire Your Life With Christian Wall Art

Wall Art

Hope Is Like The Sun

Do you ever rise in the morning determined to live a vibrant Christian life only to fall in bed at night asking where the day went? If you’re honest, the answer is yes because the answer is the same for all of us many days. The process of holding on to hope and joy through the minutiae of daily living is a lifelong process; and one that sometimes gets lost in the busyness of life.

The direction you set your feet is the destiny that you choose. If you begin your day with some time spent in God’s word and some more time spent listening to Him in prayer then you have made a conscious decision to be guided by God throughout the rest of the day. You have set your feet in the direction you want to go.

The ancient Hebrews talked about how to successfully navigate life before the face of God in many Old Testament scriptures. Over and over the writers of the Bible talk about looking to God throughout the day for the help to live rightly. The psalmist also tells how Evening, morning and at noon will I pray (Psalm 55:17). Asking God for strength and grace to live for Him through the day is a biblical idea.

The trouble with us is that we get busy and forget to call out to God and think His thoughts in the midst of life. The ancient Jews put God’s word on their doorposts and even rolled up in tiny scrolls worn on their foreheads. That wouldn’t work for us today – but the idea of having God’s word in front of us, where we do the “stuff’ of life can be translated into modern culture.

Christian wall art is wonderfully available for modern believers. Whether the words of Scripture itself, or framed prayers and blessings, we too can have visual reminders to cry out to God and find strength in Him. Wall crosses, framed artwork depicting biblical scenes and more not only make the walls of our homes more attractive, they help to make us more attractive as well.

In the hurry of life when we feel frazzled what difference would it make to look up and see “Be still and know that I am God” – probably a significant difference. Sanctification is a long road and all of us can use encouragement along the way. Christian wall art is a time-honored way to stay inspired all day long.

Take a look at The Printery House where you will find all kinds of Christian wall art to decorate your home and keep your feet headed in the right direction.

Celebrating Baby’s Baptism: Religious Greeting Cards and More

Baby BaptismBaptisms are regular occasions for rejoicing in faith and standing arm in arm with fellow believers. When it is an infant baptism there are lots of ways to express love, support and ongoing commitment to the child and his/her family.

Planning and celebrating a baptism

Baptism is a holy occasion in which believers make a public commitment on their side and God promises to place a special, though unseen mark on the person from His side. It is a sacred day of welcoming into the community of faith, the family of God. Just as there were likely showers to celebrate the baby’s entrance into this world, the day of a baby’s baptism deserves attention which will mark this day out as separate from all others.

Be sure to plan ahead so that the day set aside for your baby’s baptism can be shared with friends and relatives. Another big part of your celebration will be choosing godparents for your child. If you are choosing godparents, be sure that you pick people who are likely to be involved in your child’s life long-term. Think of Christians who can be in attendance when your child has birthdays, graduations and other important milestones. Godparents can make a significant spiritual impact on your child if they are fixtures in your child’s life.

Special gifts and religious greeting cards for baptism

If you are the one attending rather than planning a baptism, you will want to come with a gift that expresses your appreciation for this day. Money in the form of savings bonds is a popular gift. But so are engraved items like a baby cup, spoon, porridge bowl or picture frame. If you are unable to attend in person, religious greeting cards with a favorite bible verse or words of godly wisdom allow you to share in the celebration even from far away.

Gifts for girl babies are sometimes a charm bracelet, usually with a religious symbol such as a cross or fish. A wall cross for the baby’s nursery is a gift suitable for boys or girls. A special treasure for celebrating a baptism for a loved one could be making the baby’s christening gown and cap from mother or grandmother’s wedding dress. This kind of garment often remains in the family for generations and becomes a treasured heirloom. The key is to find a gift that will convey to the parents and the child as they grow, that you consider baptism an important and joyful occasion.

The Printery House for baptism gifts and cards

At The Printery House you can find unique and beautiful invitations and religious greeting cards for baptisms. The Printery House also offers gift items that bear blessings, prayers and admonitions to faith ideal for celebrating a baby’s day of baptism, as well as milestones like confirmation. Shop today for this joyous and important life occasion!