Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Wishes from Us to You, plus winners, and hashtags, and printables, oh my

Well, for those of you who are just dying of curiosity over which photo we went with for the Christmas card this year . . . it was the rocks one. In case your card got lost in the mail, here it is in blog form:

And in case you couldn't read that, here's the transcript:

Dear friends and family,

We hope this card finds you healthy, happy, and keeping warm.

We took a family trip to France and visited Lourdes for Gus’ First Holy Communion. It was lovely to be back, seven years after Gus went with mom and dad as a baby on our first trip to Lourdes, the one with the miracle.

In other international baby news, we went with just baby Lulu, on an unexpected trip around Spain with friends, and got to attend the beatification of Blessed Alvero del Portillo.

We spent Thanksgiving weekend in Southern Utah, visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon. The boys camped in a tent. The girls were snug in a cabin. And we grilled our turkey over an open fire.

Jack (12 1/2) flew back to LA while the rest of us were staying with Gramma and Papa in Chicago, to attend back-to-back weeks of summer camp. He’s in the 7th grade this year, is taking most of his classes online from MODG, and loves science and engineering. He’s currently researching patents in the hope of securing one for a XXXXXXXXXXX. The name of Jack's invention has been redacted at his request, so you don't steal it. He’s really taken up the kid birthday party-throwing mantle from his mom. Kid throws a good party. He is quite proud of the fact that he is now as tall as his Nana.

Betty (almost 11) is the founder (and currently the sole member) of the Junior Damas Archivistas of the San Fernando Mission. Which means she helps the old ladies serve coffee and donuts after Mass. She’s in the 5th grade, and likes crafts, reading, history, and does not hate math. She is currently making detailed plans for a Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone birthday party in February, then six more birthday parties based on the six other books after that.

Bobby (9) got an insider view of the French healthcare system when he sliced his hand open on a pokey metal part of a very historic French wall. He got to attend Mt. Carmel football camp this summer in Chicago with Jack. He is in the fourth grade, but believes himself to be enrolled in fifth grade math by his own merits and not at all because his teacher wanted to combine his math lesson with Betty's. His favorite things are onions, kiwi birds, house flies, and the name Steve (he names flies, kiwi birds, and onions "Steve").

Gus (7) is fast, really fast. He was on his own sports teams this year, but he didn’t like those as much as being the practice squad for Jack’s championship flag football team. He got a trophy and everything. Now that he’s had his First Holy Communion, he gets to join Jack and Bobby as altar boys at the mission. He has a policy of taking his shirt off and doing pushups everywhere he goes.

Anita (5 1/2) is quite fond of her beauty mark, her yellow hair, and anything that has to do with the movie Frozen. She played soccer this year, and was as surprised as anyone when she scored three goals, in each of her last three games. She’s enjoying the first grade, which in her school, is taught mostly by the members of the fifth and seventh grades.

Frankie (3) is a real piece of work. He went from speaking almost not at all this time last year, to speaking constantly and at all times. He has a pretty hilarious case of grumpy resting face. His favorite things are shrieking, driving toy cars on the walls, and jumping on the couch. Unfortunately for him, none of those things are allowed in this house.

Lulu (1) is the sweetest baby we’ve ever met. The kids figure that she’s probably tied with baby John the Baptist for third place on the all time best babies list, after baby Jesus and the baby Virgin Mary, of course. Her constant beaming smiles at strangers really paid off on our trip to Spain, when a passing priest beheld the vision that is baby Lulu and insisted upon us taking his VIP seats for the beatification.

Jim is still working for DaVita, and coaching tee ball. He and Jack and Grandad climbed Mt. Whitney (14,505 ft) this year, after an unsuccessful attempt two years ago when Jack got altitude sickness.

Kendra is keeping busy homeschooling, mothering, and gestating baby Tierney number eight, due to arrive next summer. Her book (A Little Book About Confession for Kids) was published by Ignatius Press last spring. She continues to enjoy blogging at www.CatholicAllYear.com and hopes to spend her Christmas break writing a book on how our family celebrates the liturgical year. Or maybe just being queasy and watching Netflix. Your call, baby.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2015 to all.

the Tierneys
Jim, Kendra, Jack, Betty, Bobby, Gus, Anita, Frankie, Lulu, and tiny baby

I've got some winners to announce!

The two winners of the year's subscription to Netflix Streaming are . . .
Elizabeth of Super Swell Times, and Isabelle of England and France (I hope it will work there!)

The winner of the Living Our Faith With Older Kids giveaway is . . .
Nicole of Children of the Church

Enjoy your awesome prizes y'all!

And now, in case you didn't win, don't worry. It's still the season of giving and whatnot. So here are a couple Christmasy printables I made for you.

Please feel free to print or share them as you please, for any personal (but not commercial) use. To request a custom printable, visit my Etsy shop here.

Joy to the World on red . . .

And Joy to the World on White . . . 

And just because we love this book and Anita keeps shouting this at us at unexpected moments throughout the day . . . 

I wish you and yours the very merriest of Christmases!

And I'm going to be signing off of the blog for a bit for Christmas here. But I'd love to see you around Facebook or Instagram. Some other Catholic bloggers and I will be using the hashtag #twelvedays as we share about how we are celebrating Christmas for all of, ya know, Christmas. I hope you'll join us.

I would especially love to see it if you put on a Family Nativity Play, like, for instance, this one, that I typed up a few years (and kids) back. If you do one at your house, you can let me know via email or on the Catholic All Year Facebook page or tag me on Instagram (@kendra_tierney). And that would be AWESOME.

You may also enjoy these Christmasy-type posts, from Christmases past and present, but not future. Sorry.



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Living Our Faith in Our Home With Older Kids

I get plenty of questions about how to introduce our Catholic faith to preschoolers and little kids, but so far, none about how to help guide older children as, hopefully, their faith matures and becomes something that they take some initiative for themselves.

So maybe no one is thinking that far ahead? Or maybe everyone's got it sorted already? But for us, it's something we really try to be mindful about.

With kids past the age of reason (about seven), we focus on the sacraments, the lives of the saints, the rosary, and the Gospel.

We attend Sunday Mass with the kids, of course, and we also go to daily Mass once a week. We bring the kids to confession during Advent and Lent, and also every couple months the rest of the year. To help them prepare for their first confession, and to get ready for each subsequent confession after that, we use a book we're all quite partial to, as I wrote it. My kids seem to really benefit from having a little write-on checklist, to jog their memories as they do an examination of conscience, and to bring into the confessional with them, so they don't freeze up in there and forget what they wanted to say. The checklist part didn't make it into the final version of the book, but I had some printed up, based on an early draft, and we use those with our kids. There's a printable version here.

We keep books on the lives of the saints in our home. As part of the kids' homeschool curriculum, they do occasional saint reports. And we, as a family, celebrate the major feasts of the liturgical year, and our family name saints, and some other favorites. We have a special meal, and a dessert, and talk about the saint over dinner. But the older kids also are given the opportunity to do a saint report on their own, for any other saint day. Someone does a saint report, we all get dessert. It's quite motivational.

We have lots of great picture books and children's books of saints, but for older kids you can't go wrong with the classic Butler's Lives of the Saints. It's an investment, but it's a fascinating read for kids and adults alike.

For something slightly less overwhelming in size (but still pretty big) I've had my eye on this anthology: Saints: A Year in Faith and Art

My chapter book reading crowd also enjoys the novel-length saints lives found in the Vision Books Series.

We have just a regular old church wall calendar hanging up on the wall, but there are many saints' days that don't make it onto that. So for very dedicated saint researchers/dessert enjoyers, I also keep a detailed Catholic planner on hand, which has at least one saint for nearly every day of the year.

I've written on how we manage a family rosary before, but I've recently found a great new addition to our family rosary, which is especially helpful for older kids. For the little ones, it's enough to try to get them to sit still and speak up and not break their rosaries. For the older kids, we'd like them to try to meditate on the mysteries of the rosary while saying the prayers, but, as we grownups know, that's easier said than done. Having something to look at, and remind us all of what we're supposed to be thinking about as we recite our Our Fathers and Hail Marys, we have found to be a good way to stay focused.

Finally, we encourage our kids to read the Gospel in their afternoon quiet time. As part of our morning prayers before we begin our school day, we read a passage from our Children's Bible, which I think is a good one, but older kids who are independent readers are ready for something a bit more sophisticated. But perhaps not quite so sophisticated as a standard Bible, with its many annotations and verse numbers, which can be distracting. I'd never seen anything that really bridged that gap, until now.

We recently received this illustrated reading Bible version of the Gospels of St. Luke and St. John, and it really is perfect for the eight to twelve year olds in this house.

And that's what we do.

And now . . . for my last Advent giveaway, how about we give away most of those things I just mentioned, to help you ring in 2015 with meaningful sacraments, organized liturgical living, and a fighting chance at making the rosary and the Bible accessible to your kids?

Here are the details on what you'll win . . .

1. A copy of my book: A Little Book about Confession for Children, which is an overview of everything kids and parents need to know before making their confession, in an accessible question and answer format, with sweet illustrations by my friend Maria. It includes detailed information about the whys and hows of confession, plus an examination of conscience just for kids. You'll also get a notepad of write-on checklists to go with the book.

2. Either a printed and bound copy, or a printable PDF download of this Catholic planner. Is 2015 the year you'd like to start living the liturgical year in your home? Or maybe just not miss so many doctor's appointments? Amanda from Planning On It has created an awesome 2015 Catholic Family Planner that can help.

Just some of its great features include . . .

* Contacts Pages
* All the liturgical dates for both Novus Ordo (Ordinary/New) and Latin (Extraordinary/Traditional) Catholics
* 12 Articles from Catholic bloggers and families on living out the liturgical year, getting to church with kids, and growing in our personal Catholic faith!

* 12 Monthly Planning Pages for sketching ideas on which feast days you’d like to celebrate, monthly goals, events and activities, anniversaries and birthdays, and seasonal notes.
* 12 Dated and Labeled 2-page Monthly Calendar Spreads {Jan 2015-Dec 2015}
* Vertical Lined Weekly Planner Pages {for Jan 2015 - Dec 2015}
* 2015 Year at a Glance Calendar Page
* Lined Notes Pages

And, hey, one of those Catholic bloggers featured in the planner . . . is me! I contributed an original, never before seen article about attending Mass with kids for May. Each month has its own tree, I think mine is my favorite.

You can order a downloadable pdf of the whole thing here, for $5.99. Or a printed, bound copy for $27.00.

One lucky winner will get her pick of the printed or downloadable version!

3. A 4x5 rosary flip book, and a copy of the Illustrated Gospels of St. Luke and St. John. William R. Bloomfield at Sacred Art Series is creating beautiful products that really fill a void in homes that are striving towards bringing a true and vibrant picture of our Catholic faith to our children.

First, he created a beautiful great works of art stand up rosary flip book. It stands there on the table, and, as you start each new mystery of the rosary, you flip to a new page and see a new sixteenth century painting. Great for keeping kids' wandering little minds focused on the rosary. Also good for grownups.

Next, he has created a reading Bible, beginning with the Gospels of St. Luke and St. John. It bridges the gap for older children, or adults, who don't want to be stuck with a story time children's Bible, but who struggle to read adult Bibles, cluttered as they are with verse numbers and footnotes.

His translation is a slightly modernized (no thees and thous) Douay Rheims, and features:
· The actual text of the Gospels presented story-by-story with large font;
· Sacred art from the greatest masters of Christendom, including Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Titian, Duccio, Giotto, and Caravaggio;
· Beautiful binding with leatherette cover, gilded pages, and a ribbon.

It really is a beautiful book, and would make a beautiful gift. Mr. Bloomfield has set up a discount code just for my readers: CATHYEAR to be good until December 31. It will get you 15% off any one product (Gospel or Rosary book) or 20% off any 3 or more.

If you order TODAY, and have Amazon Prime, you could have your own copy in time for Christmas, but someone will WIN a 4x5 Rosary Flip Book AND a copy of The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John.

To win, please leave a comment letting me know how you'd put these items to use in your home.

I'll ship my book internationally, and an international reader could win the pdf version of the planner, but you have to be in the US to win the other items.

The Netflix Subscription giveaway is still going as well. I'll announce the winners of both giveaways early next week. Then I plan to take a bit of a sabbatical which I meant to use to write another book, but which I might end up using to watch Netflix and feel barfy, because this new baby combined with a fierce head cold is kicking my butt.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seven Quick Reasons I Don't Have a Problem With "Happy Holidays"

Every year, I see rabble rousing Christian websites trying to get folks to boycott businesses that use Happy Holidays in their advertising. Obviously, I support people's right to do as they please with their own money. But as for me, I'm not a boycotter to begin with, and I think I like this particular boycott least of all. So, here are the seven reasons that I, as a God-fearing, Christmas-loving, Catholic, don't have a problem with "Happy Holidays."

1. It's Accurate

There ARE many holidays around this time of year. Even if we're just talking Christian-celebrated holidays (but more on that later) there's Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, plus Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Lucy, St. Andrew, and many, many, more. *I* want YOU to enjoy all of them: Happy Holidays.

2. It's Catholic

The word "holiday" comes from the Old English. It means "holy day." That's what it means. *I* want you to enjoy all the holy days the liturgical year has to offer: Happy Holidays.

3. It's Inclusive

But. They might say. BUT. That's not what it means now. What it means now is, "a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done." Or, it's something that people say to refer to ALL religious or pagan celebrations celebrated all over the world by people who are or are not Christian.

Annnnnd . . . I don't have a problem with that.

I'm going to be honest with you guys right now. I have a secret agenda with this blog. I want to draw you in with parenting tips and Netflix recommendations and once you're here, I want to also show you how much I love my Catholic faith and how I celebrate it with my family and how I think it makes my life a million times more rewarding in this world and will make it better beyond all imagining in the next. I want you to see that and I want you to want it for yourself. I want you, whether you're a Catholic mom who wants to live her faith more fully, or a lapsed Catholic, or a Wiccan priestess, or an Episcopalian lady priest, or a militant atheist, or a Muslim in full burqa, or whatever, I want YOU to march down to your local Catholic Church and make some inquiries. Or at least email me some questions.

That's what I want.

And I can't for the life of me see how me insisting that the only acceptable greeting at this time of year is "Merry Christmas," would help me do that: Happy Holidays.

4. It's Business

And really, we're talking about businesses anyway. Businesses who, understandably, would like to have customers from all faiths and walks of life. The nice thing about "Happy Holidays" is that, to ME it means one nice thing, and to someone else, it will mean a different, but also nice thing: Happy Holidays.

5. I Don't Like Bullying

Big Christian Boycott wants to scare us. They want us to think that anyone who uses "Happy Holidays" is part of some secret government agenda against Baby Jesus. And it's working. Seriously. It's easy to just say, "I hope you'll have a merry Christmas," to people after church, but what if I don't know what a particular person is celebrating? I, personally, never know what to say to anyone in the grocery store anymore.

I was out shopping on the first day of Hanukkah, days and days away from Christmas starting, but only hours away from Hanukkah starting, and I was paralyzed with indecision about how to greet people. Because I want people to have a happy whatever it is they're celebrating. But I'm afraid if I say "Happy Holidays" someone will throw rocks at me.

But really, for general pleasant greeting of strangers in November and December, I think you can't beat Happy Holidays. And I'm going to say it. Like Kevin in Home Alone, I'm not going to be scared anymore: Happy Holidays.

6. It's Probably Liturgically More Appropriate Than "Merry Christmas"

It's still Advent. It's not actually Christmas yet. This article is a joke article from a fake news website, BUT IT MAKES A GOOD POINT: Happy Holidays.

7. But Let's Not Get Carried Away, Now

I mostly think that, in general, we should worry less and love more, and not boycott people, and that getting upset about how we greet each other won't bring us or them any closer to heaven.

I don't think we as Christians should be scared of people saying Happy Holidays.

But, I'm certainly not saying we should avoid saying Merry Christmas. I'm called to Christian witness, and the Christmas season is a great time to evangelize people through generosity, and hospitality, and eye contact, and conversation at the grocery store, and saying Merry Christmas.

We send out Christmas cards that say Merry Christmas on them, even though they go out to friends who celebrate Hanukkah or nothing at all, as well as to friends who celebrate Christmas. And I have every intention of putting that Christmas card on this blog and wishing you a Merry Christmas, when the time for that comes.

We'll be spending these last few days before Christmas, and then the whole Christmas season, inviting people into our home for parties, and appearing in public with many children, which are my two favorite ways to evangelize. I'll say Merry Christmas whenever possible. I'll say Happy Holidays when that seems more appropriate. But what I won't be doing is spending my days boycotting anyone, or getting offended by holiday greetings of any kind, because I suspect that those are not good ways to evangelize.

In conclusion: Merry Christmas.

Linking up with Kelly at This Ain't the Lyceum for the last Seven Quick Takes of 2014!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Days of Family Christmas Movies -mostly- on Netflix Streaming

Keep reading all the way to the bottom for the winners of the two most recent Advent giveaways, and my next to last giveaway of the season, which just might help you enjoy these Netflix recommendations a little more. Speaking of that . . .

As I've written about here and talked about here, our family likes to avoid watching Christmas movies during Advent, then we watch one movie every night of the twelve days of Christmas while eating Christmas treats in a cinematic and gastronomical Christmasplosion . . . for Baby Jesus.

But this new baby has been making me feel pretty Netflix-y, and, since I'm a responsible parent AND a professional blogger . . . I decided to make the sacrifice of pre-screening many, many Christmas movies that Netflix Streaming has to offer. This way, I'll know that I'm offering my children and you, gentle reader, only the BEST and most enriching in Christmas entertainment.

Until very recently, this was my favorite version of A Christmas Carol. I've watched quite a few and they have always been too badly animated, or too badly musical, or too Jim Carrey for my taste. So, even though this one is very short, and takes quite a few liberties with the plot, I've always really liked it. As have my kids. We love how familiar characters are cast in the story and how it manages to get Dickens's message of redemption across with humor. There are some slightly scary parts, but it's Goofy as the ghost of Marley, and Pete as the undertaker, so I really think all but the most sensitive kiddos would be okay with it. It's a good starter version.

It's available on Netflix Streaming as a part of Snowed In at the House of Mouse.

The Mickey one used to be my favorite version, but now this is. By a landslide. It's the Muppets, so, like Mickey's version, we've got familiar faces in the roles, but in this version we also get great songs, top notch live actors, and a VERY faithful adaptation of the book, complete with actual quotes.

I actually think this version is also a little less scary than the Mickey one, but it's more sophisticated plot may be more difficult for little kids to understand. But they won't mind, because they'll be watching Kermit.

And, just as a quick aside, if you find yourself poking about on Netflix and you think to yourself, as I did, "Hey, there's Scrooged! I loved that movie when I was a kid. I'll be a cool mom and let my big kids watch it this year." I'm just going to tell you that there is a The Walking Dead-worthy zombie-esque Marley, and Solid Gold Dancers and the nipples of Solid Gold Dancers in this movie. And maybe other stuff, but that was as far as I made it. And I'll let you decide from there.

I am a huge fan of Bing Crosby, and we watch a lot of his movies as a family. So I was really excited to see this one available on Streaming this year. It's got war and slapstick for the boys and dancing and romance for the girls, how could you go wrong?

It's mostly just an excuse for a bunch a musical numbers, but there is a sweet story of helping out an old buddy woven in there. Plus Phil tells Bob that what he really needs to do is get married and have nine kids.

Speaking of Bing Crosby, we also love this classic sequel to Going My Way. It's very funny and very Catholic, and features an adorable Christmas pageant, which makes it appropriate for the season.

It would be worth watching just to hear Bing Crosby singing as Fr. O'Malley, but you also get Ingrid Bergman as Mother Superior teaching a little boy to box. And there's a grumpy rich old coot and the sisters' blind faith in miracles, and it's all just lovely. It's slower than today's movies, of course, but my kids really think it's funny.

These are the two Veggie Tales Christmas movies available on Netflix Streaming. Our family actually usually watches the St. Nicholas one on December 6th for St. Nicholas Day, and we've got another, older Veggie Tales movie called The Star of Christmas that is in our regular Christmas movie rotation. But, really, you mostly can't go wrong with Veggie Tales. They are funny and clever and sweet. We like 'em.

Here's where I'm going to go a bit rogue on you. Because when I said I watched a lot of Christmas movies on Netflix, I mean I watched a LOT of Christmas movies on Netflix. Including this grainy black and white movie from the 40s wherein a bunch of little kids defeat some horse thieves. It's like Australian Home Alone.

I love how independent the kids are. You see them lugging saddles around for themselves. The boys ask their mom if they can head off a day's horseback ride away to go camping, and her response is, "Sure, but you have to bring your sister and your little brother." Which is AWESOME. The kids are brave and resourceful and responsible.

One note: it's from a different time, and the aborigional people are referred to as "blacks" in a way that seems really noticeable to today's ears. I'm okay with just discussing this with my kids, but it might be uncomfortable for some. It's also not ALL that Christmasy. It IS Christmas in the movie, but it's also summer, because Australia is weird like that.

Okay, okay, I KNOW. But, really this isn't a joke. I actually intend to show this movie to my kids and husband over our Christmas break. Yes. It is super cheesy. There are people in green spandex suits and a bad guy with an evil mustache growing through his green face paint.

But this movie actually has a lot going for it, as far as I'm concerned. Santa is dignified and heroic. He is generous and loving towards his Martian captors, but in the end, he conquers them. I think it's a pretty accurate depiction of how the historical St. Nicholas might have behaved in such a situation, although maybe there would have been more punching.

Also, as in the movie above, the children make brave and selfless decisions. I want to encourage that kind of thinking in my kids. And, mainly, I just think it's going to be really hilarious to watch as a family.

And . . . that officially exhausts the Christmas movies on Netflix that I feel would be appropriate and enjoyable for all members of our family. But since there are twelve days, I'll also share with you the other four movies we'll be watching even though it will mean kneeling on the floor and waiting for the little DVD drawer to open like some sort of cave person.

We usually watch the Veggie Tales version of this story AND the classic black and white version. I HOPE my kids prefer this one, but it's hard to tell. There are a lot of sweet, funny moments, and the message is timeless. Its theology about angels is, um, how to put this . . . totally wrong. But we just explain to our kids that people don't become angels when they die anymore than cockroaches become horses when they die, and then we enjoy the movie.

Hee-haw and Merry Christmas!

Our whole family loves this movie, but perhaps we shouldn't. The dad uses gibberish words instead of actual swear words, but there are a handful of lesser but still significant bad words in there. It's got the infamous leg lamp, which Ralphie caresses. The department store Santa is mean, and Ralphie is pretty convinced that the meaning of Christmas is Getting Stuff. Still, somehow, it seems fun and funny and lighthearted, and the family is loving. We're going to watch it again this year, but it's okay with me if you don't.

This one is another Tierney family favorite, but maybe not for everyone. It has some language, an unpleasant family fight right at the beginning, and a very brief scene of Kevin finding and tossing aside an adult magazine. (Nothing that a quick trigger finger on the remote can't handle.) It also has an extraordinary amount of comic slapstick violence that results in very nasty looking injuries.

BUT. The sound track is perfect, the kid is brave and resourceful, and there is a message of forgiveness and redemption and the importance of family. There are beautiful scenes involving a Catholic church, in which a character listens to his granddaughter's choir sing Christmas carols, and Kevin hides from the bad guys in a life-size nativity scene.

Okay, to finish with here, let's go non-controversial. The Small One is a classic Jungle Book-era Disney animated short film. It's sweet and fun and has catchy, if not-always-relevant-to-the-plot musical numbers. And, spoiler alert, it's got the Baby Jesus at the end.

We have it in Volume 9 of Walt Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites, titled Classic Holiday Stories. But it also seems to be available on YouTube.

These are my honest opinions, but it's a sponsored post. And there are affiliate links, too, clicking the titles of the movies will take you to Amazon. (By the way, thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have been shopping through my affiliate links this year. It doesn't cost you any more, and it makes our family a few pennies every time, which have really added up. I am very grateful to each of you!)

The giveaway is closed. Thanks to all who entered!
There's another giveaway coming, to help you watch all these crazy shows I'm always going on about.

But first, I've got some winners to announce.

The winner of the Alison Oliver BabyLit print and copy of the new book Doodle Lit is: Tori who liked the Jungle Book prints! (check your email)

The winner of the set of Shining Light Dolls is: Caroline with a baby with pigtails at home! (please email me by Thursday) Didn't win? If you've got Amazon Prime, you have plenty of time to order them for yourself!

The winner of the Whole Parenting Goods scarf is: Megmckham (please email me by Thursday)


The winner of the ebook copies of Feast! and More Feasts! is: Elizabeth whose mother is gluten-free! (please email me by Thursday)

And now, for another installment of the Catholic All Year Advent of Giving . . .

Tired of not being able to weigh in on the big Curious George Boofest controversy of 2014, because you haven't seen it, and don't know whether you approve of hat-kicking or not? Wish you could watch all the cool TV shows about dresses that Christy and Haley are always going on about? Want to commiserate with me about how much we love a bunch of dirty English gangsters or some star-crossed Spanish lovers who might be dead now but we don't know what happens to them because the third season isn't in English . . . on Netflix or ANYWHERE?

Doesn't that sound great?

Well, it's your lucky day. Because I have two, yes TWO one year subscriptions to Netflix Streaming to give away to my awesome readers.

Just leave a comment telling me your family's favorite Christmas movie, whether it's on Netflix Streaming or not (but if I'm being honest, if it's not on Netflix Streaming . . . probably I'm not going to see it). If you already HAVE Netflix Streaming, you can still win. You can either give the subscription as a gift to someone else, or just add it on to your existing subscription.

You'll be able to watch movies and TV shows on your computer, tablet, or on even on your TV if you've got the right set up. And you'll finally know what we're all talking about with these shows!

Come back Friday for the last of the Advent giveaways, which is sure to help you ring in 2015 right.