“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
It’s the middle of October and it’s time to begin thinking about Thanksgiving. This golden season of gratitude is always a great time to count your blessings. But as children of God, thankfulness is not confined to a day or season, it is an attitude that we should have every day.
Choosing an “attitude of gratitude” honors God. Try keeping a gratitude journal and in it write 3 things for which you are grateful. This is a great exercise to do just before you go to bed at night; you’ll be amazed how reflecting on your blessings will transform your life. A grateful heart sees each day as a gift from God.
The Printery House offers a gratitude journal,prayer journal as well as many Thanksgiving cards, one featuring a prayer written by one of the monks of Conception Abbey.(CB10016), an inspiring prayer for all year round.
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.
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.
Everyone wants to know that they are thought of and appreciated, especially during the Christmas season, a time when family members can’t always be together, no matter how much they wish that they could be. Sometimes, in these cases, a thoughtful act can really help spread the love during Christmastime and help solidify a giving spirit from within your family. Taking the time to put others before ourselves is an important way to connect ourselves to the world around us and show that we are willing to put the needs and desires of other people above our own.
A heartfelt note of love or appreciation received in the mail can go a long way. So can a freshly baked plate of cookies or time spent reading the Christmas story to an elderly person at a nursing home. Showing your kids from a young age how important it is to give rather than receive can turn your Christmas season into a charitable one. Volunteering can do a lot for a person’s soul, making them feel needed and helpful.
For servicemen who are overseas and away from their families during the holidays, religious Christmas cards scribbled on the inside with the thoughtful words of a young child can really warm their hearts when they may be feeling lonely. A perfect way to show goodwill towards men during the holidays could be for you to order some religious Christmas cards and allow your children to write sweet, compassionate messages to soldiers in combat during the Christmas season. Teaching your children to think of others first, especially during a season associated with giving and thoughtfulness helps them learn about giving back.
For Christians, the reason for the season is Jesus, so sharing your faith and opening your heart at the same time is a good way to spread Christmas cheer. Religious Christmas cards come from the heart, as the words written within them are up to you and can be just what the person receiving them on the other end needs to hear.
The Printery House offers a whole line of religious Christmas cards that can be used to brighten up the Christmas experience of those that mean the most to you this year. They can be taped on top of a Tupperware dish filled with cookies that you give to a local orphanage or to a friendly neighbor, slipped into an envelope and mailed to a faraway family member or serviceman, or stuffed into a gift bag along with a thoughtful gift for a person you truly love. Choosing to fill your Christmas season with a spirit of love and giving can unite your family and give your children a holiday experience that they will treasure for the rest of their lives.