Give Remarkable Gifts This Christmas Season

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The Norbertine Canonesses make their 24-inch wreaths with full fresh Balsam (Northern White Fir) pine boughs. Each wreath is made with 2-3 pounds of balsam greenery and is adorned with frosted and natural pine cones, along with a large custom-design ribbon hand-made by the sisters. Courtesy of the Norbertine Canonesses of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph.

Yes, I do realize that Halloween is barely over. And yes, I do realize that most of us are nowhere near ready to think about holiday giving yet. But do yourself a huge favor and continue reading anyway!

Why the early push? Because I don’t want you to miss the opportunity to order some truly remarkable gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!) this Christmas. Continuing what has thankfully become an annual tradition, the Norbertine Canonesses of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph will again be offering a limited supply of their handmade Balsam Christmas wreaths and their very special Christmas gift boxes.

Having spent time with the Canonesses at their Monastery in Tehachapi, I’ve experienced firsthand the remarkable charism of this community. The sisters in my mind perfectly define the term “prayer warriors” in a time when prayer is more greatly needed than ever. Relentless in their compassion and spiritual care for all of us, these women are additionally remarkably productive and creative in their work. I use several of their apothecary products regularly and can also vouch firsthand for their delectable treats. As their community continues to grow each year, they are quite literally bursting at the seams. It’s been my honor to play a small part in helping them to raise needed funds to expand and to build a sacred ecclesial and monastic space for their worship and celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, the heart and center of the sisters’ life as Norbertine canonesses.

Apothecary Gift Boxes contain a selection of our all-natural apothecary items, all gift shop favorites made by the Sisters, beautifully presented with lavender from the Norbertine Canonesses’ Monastery gardens. Courtesy of the Norbertine Canonesses of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph.

These truly one of a kind products make the perfect corporate, family or friend gift. While giving your recipient something that is created by the cloistered sisters, you additionally support the Canonesses in their beautiful mission to serve our world.

Christmas Treat Gift Boxes handcrafted by the Norbertine Canonesses contain a selection of treats from their Monastery kitchen, all gift shop favorites made by the Sisters. Courtesy of the Norbertine Canonesses of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph.

To order, visit http://norbertinesisters.org/christmas-wreaths-seasonal/ but be sure to order soon as it’s quite possible that this year’s supply of wreaths and gift boxes will go quickly!


Copyright 2019 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com 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 www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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