Two Last Minute Gift Ideas that Will Keep on Giving during the Christmas Season and Beyond


If you’re looking for a few last minute giving ideas that are totally appropriate to give during the ongoing Christmas season (which extends through The Epiphany of the Lord!), here are two terrific recommendations from our friends at Paraclete Press. Both resources are treasures that will truly amplify joy this holiday season!

season-nativity-frontcover_648pxhighThe Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Extremist

Sybil MacBeth writes that Advent and Epiphany are the often-neglected parentheses around Christmas. And they deserve more attention and better publicity. This Season of the Nativity sets the stage the liturgical year, our yearlong journey through Scripture and salvation history. Sybil MacBeth’s memoir, front-porch theology, and pages of practices and activities invite individuals and families to enjoy this season in a way that has more peace and more Christ and less chaos and guilt. She offers simple tools for busy people – perhaps to reclaim a joyful and yes, serious nativity season for the first time. Sybil MacBeth is a dancer, a doodler, and a former community college mathematics professor. Her books include Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God, Praying in Color: Kids’ Edition, and Praying in Color–Portable Edition.

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wordsoffaithWords of Faith Color and Sound Set

Who doesn’t want to relieve stress? Try uplifting music, a coloring book of beautiful patterns, and words to live by!

This fall, Paraclete Press pairs the music of world-renowned Gloriæ Dei Cantores with color and uplifting words to live by to create an imaginative pathway to stillness and beauty.

“One of the year’s fast-growing hobbies for adults is coloring…many busy people say they find the pastime a relaxing break from electronic screens.” New York Times

“Listening to…music can have a powerful effect on your anxiety.” Calm Clinic

When life makes you stressed and scattered, put away the smartphone, pick up some colored crayons or markers, put in your CD – and quiet your mind and soul.

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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