Weekly Giveaway: Little People Nativity and Advent Books

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Thanks to Catholic Family Gifts, Image Books, and Franciscan Media for their generous support of this week’s giveaway!

This week’s giveaway:

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Little People Nativity

Little People Nativity - Catholic Family Gifts

From Catholic Family Gifts

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A Little People Christmas Nativity. This bright, adorable set is a wonderful way to introduce the very young to the Christmas story and an unbreakable set for older ones to play with.

The perfect size for little hands, the Little People nativity set is a toy that will be used from year without fear of breakage.

The set can be placed under the Christmas tree to be played with in the weeks leading up to December 25th.

Place the angel atop the stable to activate the light-up star and hear the holiday favorite “Away in a Manger” play. The stable is shallow and will hold three figures. Children can use the cart to travel with the donkey act out the Christmas Story.

Perfect as a First Christmas gift.

Set Includes:

  • Joseph
  • Mary
  • Baby Jesus
  • Stable
  • Angel
  • Three Wise Men
  • Donkey
  • Camel
  • Sheep
  • Cow
  • Two Fence pieces with trees
  • Bale of hay that opens
  • Cart with vegetables

Product Details:
Ages: 1 – 5
Dimensions: 30″ x 12″ x 12″
Requires 3 AA batteries (not included)

Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does)

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By Scott Hahn (Image Books, 2014)

About the book:

What could be more familiar than the Christmas story — and yet what could be more extraordinary? The cast of characters is strange and exotic: shepherds and magicians, an emperor and a despot, angels, and a baby who is Almighty God. The strangeness calls for an explanation, and this book provides it by examining the characters and the story in light of the biblical and historical context. Bestselling author Scott Hahn who has written extensively on Scripture and the early Church, brings evidence to light, dispelling some of the mystery of the story. Yet Christmas is made familiar all over again by showing it to be a family story. Christmas, as it appears in the New Testament, is the story of a father, a mother, and a child — their relationships, their interactions, their principles, their individual lives, and their common life. To see the life of this “earthly trinity” is to gaze into heaven. – See more at: http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/book/237954/joy-to-the-world/#sthash.7M4JQSTJ.dpuf

Let Us Adore Him: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas

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By Richard Fragomeni (Franciscan Media, 2014)

About the book:

Let Us Adore Him will enhance your preparation for and celebration of Christmas. From the First Sunday of Advent through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, you will find inspiration for your Advent and Christmas prayer time. Noted liturgist Fr. Richard Fragomeni weaves the Communion Antiphon from each day’s liturgy into a thoughtful, prayerful meditation.

A Eucharistic Christmas: Advent Meditations on the Presence of Christ

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By Editors of Servant Books (Servant Books, 2014)

About the book:

During Advent we sing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” We focus on the birth of Jesus, this innocent child who came into our world to be our Savior. He is Emmanuel, God with us. But Advent and the Christmas season is also the perfect time to reflect on the fact that God is with us always, and particularly in his Eucharistic presence. This book offers a simple meditation from a well-known Christian writer each day from December 1st through the twelve days after Christmas, a few thoughts to help you respond to Christ’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament, and a prayer to help you open your heart. The meditations focus on:

  • The Scriptural basis for understanding the Eucharist
  • How to prepare to receive the Lord
  • What to do when you pray before the Blessed Sacrament
  • The difference a holy hour can make
  • The experiences of those who have spent time in adoration

During this holy season, Mary’s example as she carried Jesus in her womb can show us how Jesus takes flesh in our own lives when we receive him with reverence.

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  1. I hope this Advent to make more time for prayer and particularly a CHristmas Novena. I will also be setting up our nativity/creche at home.

  2. We will continue with our year Advent traditions with our Jesse Tree, Immaculate Conception Novena at our parish, O’Antiphons, and nightly readings and meditations.

  3. Tomorrow after mass, we will join a bunch of families eating soup and making salt dough ornaments for our Jesse Tree so that it will be easy to keep up on this year. I am also hoping we can pray consistently together every night – our habits have gotten lax!

  4. Try to keep centered on Christ and family. Do a few activities with the kids, read a couple stories, bake with the kids, decorate the house, do a Novena for Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  5. This year, we will include the JoyWares Cradle-to-Cross Advent Wreath in our Advent preparation. My children also thoroughly enjoy placing small pieces of “straw” (or yarn, as the case may be) in Baby Jesus’ manger. Any sacrifice made for another person earns one piece of straw for Jesus’ manger. They are intent upon making it soft and cozy by Christmas Eve!

  6. For Advent I will be using the Advent Wreath and attending daily Mass as often as possible, usually every day but Mondays (pastor’s day off).

  7. My advent plans include lighting the advent wreath every day, daily advent readings, prayer and saying the St Andrew novena.

  8. We will be lighting and praying the Advent Wreath prayers. We, also, read a story a day from our Advent book. It is a wonderful way to prepare and appreciate Jesus’ birth. Thanks for this chance.

  9. We are fully participating in our church’s Advent activities. Our church really blesses us by providing many ways to remember the reason for the season!

  10. This year our plans for Advent include: attend daily Mass more often, Eucharistic Adoration as often as possible, complete 33 Day to Morning Glory consecration, Christmas Novena, and daily Advent prayers.

  11. We plan to celebrate advent by praying around our advent wreath and attending the advent mission at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

  12. My class made fingerprint Advent wreaths. I’m reading the Word on Fire and Magnificat daily Advent readings/meditations

  13. I’m excited to celebrate a few feast days this year! I’m starting little traditions for St. Nick, St. Lucia, and Our Lady of Guadeloupe feast days.

  14. We will be doing the Advent wreath as always. I want to add in more, but my kids are still so young I’m trying to hold myself back and not overwhelm them. This may be the time to start insisting on family prayer time each evening (which has been hit or miss for us so far).

  15. We started lighting our Advent wreath tonight at dinner. We also have homemade Jesse tree ornaments that my kids will read about and hang up throughout the season.

  16. My 3 year old and I made an advent calendar of stars this year. We are also looking forward to praying around the advent wreath. Our nativity set also plays a prominent role in our house during advent. Right now, Mary and Joseph are journeying.

  17. Our Advent wreath and Advent calendar are being used. In years past we would also set up our manger scene without the baby Jesus. This year, we are only putting the empty manger out. Mary and Joseph will arrive Christmas Eve, Jesus Christmas Morning, followed by the rest of the cast until Epiphany. Praying the empty manger keeps us truly “watchful” for Jesus.

  18. We use our Advent wreath for family prayers (morning and evening). We also attend weekly Advent evening prayer at our parish. Not sure if we’ll do our Advent calendar or not this year. And…I try to dress in purple for Mass!

  19. What a great giveaway! Perfect for Advent. We have a Jesse Tree, Advent Wreath and a daily Advent calendar with an activity for everyday. We’ve been using it for years, so it really isn’t any “extra work” Everything is stored in an Advent bin and we just get out what we need, when we need it. Like on one day, we get out the Creche. On another day, we watch the St. Nicholas video and put our shoes out, etc.

  20. We are using our Advent wreath for evening prayer time and the Advent Adventure resources from Holy Heroes for the kids

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