Tuesday, November 27, 2012

15 Minutes of Advent & a Giveaway

{Scroll below to see how to enter this Advent Giveaway}...
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In honor of the new liturgical year soon beginning and the hum of Advent in the air, I wanted to offer one of you a special something.

Part of it are the extra printouts for Christmas Comfort for Moms which was offered a few years ago at Hillside Education.

What is it?

"This Christmas Comfort for Moms is not a study or a curriculum guide. It is a reflective time for you to break away from your other multitude of wonderful, life-giving plans and embrace the holiday season, reclaim the peace and joy that God desires for all wives and mothers this time of year. Hopefully, it will give you the motivation to draw richer meaning out of the other riches you find sprinkled around the Internet. As I have espoused in A Picture Perfect Childhood, sometimes we only need to capture 15-minutes to reclaim our vision of who we are called to serve and what we are called to do."

The real intent is to reflect for 15 minutes that Advent "is the time to remind ourselves and our children that Christmas really is just a baby and a family wrapped in the soft heavenly glow of starlight."

15 minutes of intent. 15 minutes of joy. 15 minutes of reflection. 15 minutes of silence. 15 minutes of richness. 15 minutes of Advent.

You will receive three (3) book guides that will invite the mother of the family to reflect upon the manger and that "Christmas really is just a baby and a family wrapped in the soft heavenly glow of starlight."

This will fill you in on its purpose and intent: Christmas Comfort for Mom.

Three picture books go along with the guides. You will need to check the library or bookstore for the picture books. The links below direct you to Amazon:
  • Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt/ Raul Colon
  • Mary, Did You Know? by Mark Lowry
  • The First Christmas Stocking by Elizabeth Winthrop/ Bagram Ibatoulline

  • And there is one little something extra. I graciously received a copy of the Magnificat Advent Companion (which is beautiful and encouraging) after I had already purchased one.

    So I thought it fitting to offer my extra copy as a gift to one of you.

    It begins with an essay of "Christmas in England" followed by an Advent Penance Service along with the blessing of the Advent Wreath and Christmas Tree. Daily reflections follow along with the Announcement of the Nativity, prayer before the Manger, Advent Stations (which I'm anxious to meditate upon), Advent Prayers, and the heavenly "O" Antiphones.

    Good luck, everyone!

    Please return Friday morning to see who the giveaway winner is.

    {Leave a comment below telling me in one word what Christmas means to you (along with your name and a link on how I can reach you), and on Thursday evening I will draw a Secret Santa name to mail the above goodies to as an Advent gift.}


    1. Peace...something I am desperately trying to attain this Advent season

    2. What a lovely giveaway. Christmas means peace.

    3. one word for Christmas savior Larry A

    4. Joy! (jmj@aimhighgroup.com)

    5. Joy! That word comes to mind the moment I think of Christmas. Christmas joy :)

    6. Peace...peace with the warmth of family gathered together.

    7. Love, that God would send a Saviour for us so that we could be with Him for all eternity.

      (reedfamilypa@yahoo.com )

    8. Family....the Holy Family and my family. :)


      Thank you!

    9. Glorious!



    10. Glorious!


    11. Love!

      Susan (Quiltmomof3@charter.net)


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