New Christmas Books for the Feast of St. Nicholas {and a St. Nicholas Giveaway!}

by | Nov 16, 2020 | St. Nicholas | 246 comments

“The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic God’s giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.” – St. Nicholas of Myra

The feast of St. Nicholas is just three weeks from today! On December 6th our children always wake up to find that the letters they wrote to the Holy Child and/or St. Nicholas have been taken and their (sometimes new/replaced) slippers have been filled with little treats, oranges, chocolate gold coinscandy canes, and often times a note from St. Nicholas.

Our children (and teens!) have also always received a new Christmas book as well, which has helped us build an amazing collection over the last twenty years. It will be so great to pass each of their collections down to them when they eventually start families of their own. 

The darling wooden St. Nicholas toys in the pictures are from Naturally Catholic and Almond Rod Toys.  

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This year my husband and I picked out a chapter book as well for each of our teens/young adults as well. I can’t even tell you how excited I am that we get to have ALL NINE of our children home for ALL of Advent this year for the first time! I’m trying my best to focus on the little blessings in the midst of all the extra struggles of this crazy year… 

From left to right for our five eldest in order:

Here is the list of books we picked out for our children this year:

For Captain: 

“On the 1st day o Yuletide,
My true luve gied tae me,
A reid robin in a rowan tree.”

Take a deep breath and prepare for a journey through all twelve days of Yuletide with a cast of skaters skooshin, lassies birlin, sheep a-shooglin and the all-important five gowden rings.

The stunningly beautiful illustrations bring this Scots version of the ever-popular Christmas song to life in vivid detail. Inspired by the traditional verse, this adaptation features easy-to-understand (and pronounce) Scots words and creatures, including hoolets (owls) and bonnie doos (beautiful doves).

For Ranger: 

“Radiating the wondrous spirit of the season, The Spider Who Saved Christmas rekindles an ancient legend, casting new light on the story we thought we knew. Created by New York Times Bestselling Author Raymond Arroyo (with illustrations by Randy Gallegos), The Spider Who Saved Christmas spins the enchanting faith-filled tale of Nephila, a cave-dwelling spider who plays a pivotal role central to the Christmas story. This instant classic reveals the origin of Christmas tinsel and reminds us that hope can always be found even in dark places where we least expect it.”

Note: My husband was a little hesitant over the illustrations in this book. He thought they were a little dark/scary for our younger children, but it’s an excellent story about a traditional legend and we love supporting Catholic authors and publishers, so one of our older boys will be receiving this book! 

For Twinkle Toes: 

(OOP – purchased second hand) 

“A Perfect Christmas reclaims the spirit of Christmas from the commercial secularized culture of the winter holidays that has almost obliterated the Christian meaning of the celebration of the birth of Christ. Author Dennis Eugene Engleman and illustrator Niko Chocheli have collaborated to restore St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) to his rightful place in the imagination of children, and perhaps their parents too! In this mystical and beautiful story, told in the classic manner of an Orthodox Russian folk tale, past and present collide as a modern child meets the real St.Nick. At the heart of this wonderful contemporary Christmas parable is a tale of compassion, shared love and family with a little of the real Saint Nicholas’ life woven in, just enough to whet the appetite of the reader for more! The pages of A Perfect Christmas glow with the warmth of a bygone era when Christmas was filled with the mystery of the Incarnation, simple shared love, and grace.” 

For Chiquita:

“The wonder of Christmas and the magic of learning the ABC’s are beautifully combined in this lavishly illustrated new title from author/illustrator team Paul Thigpen and John Folley. In A Child’s Christmas ABC Book, Thigpen’s engaging verse about the birth of Jesus will delight young ears with its musical rhymes and alliteration. Folley’s enchanting illustrations, rooted deeply in traditional sacred art, are sure to charm young and old alike.
From “Angels in the air arrayed” to “Zion’s king forevermore,” you and your child can explore the Nativity story from A to Z. The lovely artistry of this book’s words and images will make it a Christmas family favorite for generations to season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.”

I think this is my favorite of all the new books I purchased this year.

I’ll try and share additional pictures soon!

For Snuggles: 

“Inspired by the famous Christmas poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” this picture book about Christmas in the Army is perfect for children of military families and anyone with loved ones serving overseas.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the base

Only sentries were stirring — they guarded the place.

The soldiers were sleeping and snoring away

As they dreamed of ‘back home’ on good Christmas Day…

One Christmas Eve at a military barracks in the Middle East, some homesick soldiers are paid a visit by Sergeant McClaus, the Santa of Soldiers. This lively and poignant tale is inspired by Clement C. Moore’s classic yuletide poem.”

For Rose: 
“This new children’s Christmas book by bestselling author Anthony DeStefano tells the story of a mean-spirited, prideful old ox who has lost his sight both physically and spiritually but who nevertheless experiences the transformative power of God s grace after he is present at the birth of Jesus Christ in a humble stable in Bethlehem.

Illustrated by New York Times best-selling artist Richard Cowdrey, this new holiday book teaches children the true meaning of Christmas while explaining the central message of Christianity: that faith in Jesus leads us to resurrection and new life.”

For Bud: 

“No gift is too small for Jesus when it is given with humility and love.
Joel is seven years old and is the son of the Kings’ stableman. With his Dad, he is traveling with the Magi as they follow the star to Bethlehem, to meet the newborn King. All of them are bringing very special gifts, such as gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But Joel is the only one in the caravan who isn’t carrying a gift for the new King. Since he knows how to whittle wood, Joel decides to carve a little camel for the baby. Soon he discovers that his humble gift is more special than all the others.”

For Grace: 

Little flaps for little fingers!
“Telling the Christmas story to children for the first time ever is a privilege for parents and a gift to children. Where Is the Baby King?, the new hardcover book from Heather Henning and Alison Atkins, helps parents and teachers pass on this timeless story to their children and students with the help of bright illustrations and lift-the-flap images. This interactive book is an ideal introduction for children under five; colorful illustrations by Alison Atkins grab children’s attention, while Heather Henning’s storytelling is clear, simple, and memorable. Very young children will enjoy lifting the flaps and discovering new parts of the story, and as they grow older, they will grow in their understanding of the story behind the pictures. Thoughtfully laid out, concise, and durable, this book transforms an important educational moment into a hands-on adventure. Whether a child is hearing the Christmas story for the first time or just learning to read on their own, Where Is the Baby King? will help bring this story to life.”

For Joy: 

“Share the story of the first Christmas with your little one! A classic story of The First Chrismas travels along with Mary and Joseph to the town of Bethlehem where baby Jesus is born. A simple story engages toddlers with lift-a-flap pages where they can learn and enjoy the traditional telling of Jesus’s birth and the meaning of Christmas.
Share the story of The First Christmas with your little one with this Lift-a-Pop board book
Perfectly sized for little hands and fingers to open and close the flaps
Chunky, sturdy flaps are extra strong so your little one can open and close the durable pop-outs repeatedly 
Surprise and delight your baby or toddler with this charming story featuring classic artwork and surprises under each flap
Simple story as a first retelling to introduce the birth of Christ”

.: Giveaway :. 

Once again this year I will be hosting FOUR Advent and Christmas themed giveaways! Here is the first giveaway in preparation for the feast of St. Nicholas:

Prize #1 – Set of Five Cookie Stamps with Recipe Booklet 

sponsored by Rycraft Cookie Stamps (combined value $64.95)

Congratulations, Janelle! 
“Thanks for all the gift and book ideas. You’ve done it again! “
Prize #2 – Collection of Martyr Stories for Teens and Children

For Teens: 

Congratulations, Laura Casey! 

“What a fun give away! I would love the collection of martyr stories for my kiddos. Great book recommendations, too! Thank you!”

Prize #3 – St. Lucy Special Edition Box
“A new Special Edition box for Christmas featuring St. Lucy. It has a gorgeous book on this popular saint, a beautiful statue and mug from “Little Drops of Water” and a chance to roll 100% beeswax candles! Fun and faith all inside with $4 donated to “Culture of Life Studies” from each box. Order by November 20th as quantities are very limited. Other surprises will be discovered in this box!”

sponsored by Saints Around the World (value $58.00)
Congratulations, Lymari Pate! 

“Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!”

Please enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter box below:
You are welcome to download my St. Nicholas labels over at Dropbox with either Black or Green text…

And here is the link to my original St. Nicholas Chocolate Coins and the updated version I created last year
(You can find another option, an adaptation this original idea of mine, over at St. Nicholas Center.
I also just made an updated printable for this year which I will try and share soon!)

For additional Christmas book suggestions you can find some of our lists in the archives: 

Saint Nicholas & the Nine Gold Coins {Beautiful book!}

Christmas Mosaic: A Review & Featured Book List

35 Favorite Christmas Picture Books for Children

Feasts & Seasons :: Advent & Christmas Collection

Our 2019 Advent Book Basket and Printable Labels
{I’m planning to share our 2020 Basket and Labels soon!}

New Christmas Books for the Feast of St. Nicholas: 

2009, 20102011, 2012, 20132014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Stacks of Books on Christmas Morning or Epiphany: 
20132014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Even more St. Nicholas themed gifts can be found in these past posts filled with Christmas Gift Ideas & Stocking Stuffers from 2015, 201620172018 and 2019!


  1. Courtney Brandwein

    Thank you for sharing!! Your book lists have always been so helpful. Any of these prizes would be great to win.

    2020-11-16 04:28:17

  2. Brigid

    Love your giveaways! And your gift ideas!

    2020-11-16 04:38:36

  3. Jennifer Miller

    Another great post! The Christmas cartoons and the ABC book are my favorites from your preview! I don't have little ones as an excuse to buy books anymore! I need more suggestions for teens!

    2020-11-16 04:42:01

  4. Angela

    so excited about the new list! Love the book about the army for my godson!

    2020-11-16 04:44:12

  5. Laura K

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    2020-11-16 04:45:29

  6. Cheryl

    Always love your recommendations! I would love to get prize #2 to split with my children and niece and nephews.

    2020-11-16 05:01:28

  7. Dawn

    Thank you for sharing! The Soldier's Night Before Christmas looks like a great read aloud book. The Martyrs book collection would be such a blessing this year as my daughter journeys forward in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

    2020-11-16 05:19:31

  8. Raquel

    I would love to add the books on the martyrs to our collection – we need this courage now more than ever!

    2020-11-16 05:24:58

  9. Rachel Linder

    I always look forward to your Advent posts.

    2020-11-16 05:31:16

  10. Mimi Gomez

    Beautiful gifts! I think my girls would love prize #3, but honestly would be happy with either.

    2020-11-16 05:59:34

  11. Jocelyn K

    So lovely!!! Thank-you so much!!! Prize #3 looks so neat!!! And prize #2!!!

    2020-11-16 06:11:43

  12. Bridget

    Thanks for sharing this years book list!

    2020-11-16 06:44:04

  13. Heidi

    Always love to see your book picks! Wonderful raffle prizes also!

    2020-11-16 10:23:47

  14. Beth

    I love your book lists m! I would say #3 – we love Saint Lucy!

    2020-11-16 10:27:07

  15. Rachel

    I always look forward to seeing your book lists! I have most of the St. Lucy books already but I’d love prize 1 especially!

    2020-11-16 10:28:01

  16. Laura

    I always look so forward to your book posts, especially Advent/Christmas! Thank you!

    2020-11-16 11:06:07

  17. Katie

    As always, a helpful, beautiful post! I'd love to add everything you mentioned to our collection, especially the St Lucia items (she's a favorite in our house!). God bless you!

    2020-11-16 11:29:33

  18. Mary

    Prize three would fit our family best

    2020-11-16 11:40:43

  19. Fuzzy Reynolds

    This is a beautiful list! I hope to win the St Lucy bundle for my sweet Lucy!

    2020-11-16 12:10:43

  20. Jen Barbosa

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful books. I have 2 younger girls who would just love the St Lucy basket.

    2020-11-16 12:11:02

  21. Amanda Wells

    Thanks for sharing! I love to see the new books!

    2020-11-16 12:33:15

  22. Rachel

    What a great book list! (I'm going to see if I can pick some of them up . . .) I love all of the prize packs! The St. Lucy pack looks especially interesting to me. Thank you!

    2020-11-16 13:06:16

  23. Megan

    What great recommendations!

    2020-11-16 13:12:10

  24. Amy

    I always look forward to your Christmas booklist every year! Thank you!

    2020-11-16 13:15:06

  25. Kristyn

    I would be happy with any of these lovely collections. Thank you!

    2020-11-16 13:21:41

  26. Sarah Mason

    Thanks for the ideas for more wonderful books! And thank you for the chance to win. I'm looking forward to Advent this year.

    2020-11-16 13:23:49

  27. Maria

    You always have the best book lists – thank you!

    2020-11-16 13:25:18

  28. Annie Roach

    Thank you for another wonderful list so I can add more books again this year. The prizes are all amazing and I'd be grateful for any of them. Since I am also a baking Mama with my children, I'd love the cookie stamps. In light of it being November, Jessica, I wanted to ask you if you and your family would please pray for the repose of the soul of my Mom, Donna, who passed away a few months ago without warning. Your prayers would be deeply appreciated. Thank you. God bless you and I'll be keeping you all in my prayers. And thanks again for the wonderful posts these past months, you helped me immensely with my Kolbe class plans!

    2020-11-16 13:34:26

  29. Christine

    I look forward to your Christmas booklist and giveaway every year! Thank you 💙

    2020-11-16 13:38:04

  30. Mary

    Love #2 St. Lucy. We have a Lucia that would really enjoy all of it.

    2020-11-16 13:38:51

  31. Brittany

    I’ve been eyeing the Spider who saved Christmas. Looks beautiful. Love packages 1 & 3

    2020-11-16 13:39:06

  32. Rosie

    I’m going to go see if I can track down a copy of A Perfect Christmas for our family – it looks lovely! And we would especially love to win the cookie stamps!

    2020-11-16 13:52:00

  33. maranda skolen

    I always love your book lists for St. Nicholas Day!!! love all the prize packages!

    2020-11-16 13:57:27

  34. Lisa Roder

    Thank you!

    2020-11-16 14:04:15

  35. Jessica Compton

    Love the martyr books! St. Lucy box would be my 2nd choice.

    2020-11-16 14:10:53

  36. Susan

    As always, I love your book recommendations! I'm sure these blog posts take much time to compose — thank you, thank you for the effort! It is very appreciated!!

    2020-11-16 14:17:46

  37. Leslie

    Thank you for sharing! I always find great new titles from your lists!

    2020-11-16 14:20:20

  38. Jessica Gordon

    I'm so sorry for your loss! We will most certainly offer some prayers for her soul.

    2020-11-16 17:14:23

  39. Liesa Gonzalez

    I look forward to this post every year. I have purchased so many books from your lists and we have our own collection now. Thank you!

    2020-11-16 14:28:35

  40. Anna

    Love all the book ideas!

    2020-11-16 15:00:29

  41. Amy H

    I always love your suggestions! Thank you!

    2020-11-16 15:05:00

  42. Angela

    I always enjoy seeing books on your site! This is a great resource page for good books for families. Thank you for sharing.

    2020-11-16 15:11:15

  43. Kathleen Barrett

    Love th St Nicholas cookie stamp! And thanks for the many resources.

    2020-11-16 15:12:02

  44. BillieJo

    I am always so thankful you share your wonderful ideas and products with us, Jessica! THANK YOU! You have help make our home blessed for years now.

    2020-11-16 15:15:58

  45. Sarah Snell

    This is my yearly favorite post! Thank you

    2020-11-16 15:16:10

  46. Maryann

    Wow this is amazing! Thank you!

    2020-11-16 15:33:07

  47. Jodielyn

    So fun! I'm loving the Scottish 12 days. and some of the Saints books.

    2020-11-16 15:56:56

  48. Diane

    I love your book suggestions! I always check here to get book ideas for my kids. 😊

    2020-11-16 15:59:52

  49. Alyssa

    I would love to win this Lucy box surprise The most! Just discovered your blog and love it for my 4, 2 and 9 month old!

    2020-11-16 16:22:32

  50. Josh

    Love all this information! Thanks for sharing.

    2020-11-16 16:48:39

  51. Patricia

    How wonderful!! My favorite is the St. Lucy package 🙂

    2020-11-16 17:02:33

  52. Elizabeth Rubens

    I was just looking up Christmas books. Perfect post!

    2020-11-16 17:16:46

  53. Noreen

    What a great giveaway! Always love your great book suggestions and ideas. Thank you for sharing!

    2020-11-16 17:44:23

  54. Veronica

    What a treasure of information, thank you!! Great gifts to receive as well!! 🙂

    2020-11-16 17:49:19

  55. Ellen Jackson

    Love them!

    2020-11-16 17:51:24

  56. Ellen

    They all look wonderful, but I think the St. Lucy one is my favorite

    2020-11-16 17:53:23

  57. Kimberly

    Thanks for sharing!!! I always look forward to your gift ideas. I love them all, but I think the St. Lucy bundle is my favorite.

    2020-11-16 18:09:15

  58. Maureen Fortier

    These look amazing! I am very excited about the St. Lucy box. We are new to liturgical living and I'm always looking for ways to celebrate!

    2020-11-16 18:19:22

  59. Missy

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    2020-11-16 18:24:49

  60. Jana

    I’d love the cookie stamps or the St Lucy collection. St Lucia has been a favorite since I was a child. I’ve even dressed as St Lucia with a crown of candles for a church procession and songs.

    2020-11-16 18:25:28

  61. Lily

    Thank you for your lovely blog and fantastic book lists. They are quite helpful in choosing new books for our home collections. I think we would enjoy the cookie stamps, but any of the prizes would be wonderful our kids or godchildren. Pax Christi!

    2020-11-16 18:37:05

  62. Ann

    Thank you for sharing your ideas of chapter books/advent reading for older teens. I always look forward to your Advent/Christmas book list each year. Thank you for hosting another give away. The cookie sets look lovely. God bless!

    2020-11-16 19:11:34

  63. Keri

    I love the cookie stamps! But all of the prizes are lovely.

    2020-11-16 19:28:07

  64. Elizabeth Dinh

    These are awesome prizes!!

    2020-11-16 19:29:36

  65. Jodi

    I always enjoy your book lists, Advent/Christmas ideas, and spotlights on amazing Catholic authors and products/companies!

    2020-11-16 19:32:08

  66. Annie Roach

    Thank you very much!

    2020-11-16 22:40:43

  67. Hannah

    I like the book a year idea, that is a great way to grow a library for sure!

    2020-11-16 20:19:59

  68. Laura G.

    I love this post! Great book choices. Thank you also for the giveaway. My first pick would be the books for teens and kids. My second favorite is the St. Lucy box. Hi

    2020-11-16 20:48:48

  69. Annie

    Thank you for your wonderful blog. I found inspiration in your blog as I became a Catholic; at age 30, I was finally baptized and brought into the Catholic faith. As a new Catholic, there is so much that I am still learning! Thank you for continuing to share your life, family, and faith with the world.

    2020-11-16 20:54:30

  70. Anastasia Wheeler

    The St Lucy prize is my favorite, too.

    2020-11-16 21:05:56

  71. Maria A

    The Scottish book! I am definitely going to get that as it goes along with my family roots. I love books like that!

    2020-11-16 21:16:54

  72. Deborah

    I can't remember how I happened upon your blog a couple years ago but I look forward to all your creative ideas you have throughout the year for inspiring and teaching the Catholic faith to our children… and grandchildren! Thank you for all your hard work!

    2020-11-16 21:38:11

  73. Kelly

    Love all of the prize boxes but the St. Lucy one is my favorite!

    2020-11-16 22:07:09

  74. Melinda

    You are my absolute go-to for all things liturgical and literary!! Thank you for sharing all that you do!! Love this giveaway 😍

    2020-11-16 22:10:05

  75. Kathleen

    Thank you for these books for Advent! Love them so much!! These suggestions are so important to remind us of the true reason for Christmas!!! Like St Therese', I choose all! Any of the gifts are wonderful!

    2020-11-16 22:17:37

  76. Amanda Downing

    All of these look awesome! I think #2 or #3 would fit my family best right now. What great giveaways!

    2020-11-16 22:44:35

  77. Marion

    All of the prizes are wonderful but the Lucia package is my favorite. Marion

    2020-11-16 22:44:59

  78. Aimee

    Always great book ideas!

    2020-11-16 22:56:34

  79. Karen

    Such a great giveaway! Thank you!

    2020-11-16 23:20:28

  80. Christa

    I absolutely love your Shower of Roses blog! I have little nieces and nephews that love story time and helping out in the kitchen with baking. Honestly any of the prizes would be much appreciated.

    2020-11-16 23:37:30

  81. Megan

    All of these are amazing! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful liturgical resources!

    2020-11-17 00:07:22

  82. Andrea S

    Wow! What a great giveaway! I always enjoy the book baskets you prepared and loved getting book ideas from there, as well as your Ostheimer toy ideas, and the American girls saint costumes! Thank you for sharing!

    2020-11-17 00:25:34

  83. Katrina Springer

    I love these posts! I had actually looked at the old posts yesterday to try and plan out this year, so perfect timing on your part as I hadn't purchased anything yet!

    2020-11-17 00:28:46

  84. Linda

    Great suggestions! Thank you ror having this contest.

    2020-11-17 00:38:53

  85. Patty Hughes

    These are my favorite posts of yours. These and the Easter basket ones. I’ve gotten a lot of ideas from you over the years. Thank you for always putting it together!

    2020-11-17 01:20:00

  86. Mark

    Fantastic thoughtful blog. Like the cookie stamps

    2020-11-17 01:29:40

  87. nicole spring

    How could I not enter?!

    2020-11-17 01:39:15

  88. Cathy

    I really appreciate your book recommendations and use them each year. Thanks!

    2020-11-17 01:54:20

  89. Carolyn

    Thank you for putting this together. I reference your lists everytime I’m looking for gifts for my kids! I love all the prizes. But my fav would be a toss up between the books and the st Lucy box.

    2020-11-17 02:25:39

  90. MaryLiz

    You always have the best book lists! Thank you for inspiring us!

    2020-11-17 03:21:31

  91. Shannon

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    2020-11-17 03:31:43

  92. Jennifer

    What beautiful items to celebrate Advent and the Christmas season with!

    2020-11-17 03:46:20

  93. Marianne

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I would especially love the cookie stamps! Happy Thanksgiving!

    2020-11-17 04:33:52

  94. Christine M.

    I agree, the ABC book is my favorite. I am sure my girls would love the St. Lucy set. Praying all is well. God bless!

    2020-11-17 05:17:26

  95. Preenu

    That's an amazing giveaway! Thank you so much for doing this!

    2020-11-17 05:52:13

  96. Katie

    What a beautiful giveaway! Thank you!

    2020-11-17 11:50:33

  97. Cathy

    Thank you for these amazing ideas and resources year after year! Would be happy to win any of these! God bless.

    2020-11-17 14:55:40

  98. Karen

    One of my sons was born on the feast of Saint Lucy! Thanks for doing these giveaways!

    2020-11-17 15:34:14

  99. Erin Sick

    Thanks for this opportunity! So excited!

    2020-11-17 17:38:12

  100. Michelle

    Ooh, all the giveaways are great, though the martyrs collecting is my fav. I love favorite. Christmas books you're giving you kids this year, & I've added some for future purchase for my family, too. Thanks!

    2020-11-17 17:57:16

  101. XXEnginerd

    I love seeing the book ideas!

    2020-11-17 18:54:40

  102. Kristy

    The cookie stamps are just perfect!

    2020-11-17 19:06:50

  103. Elizabeth

    Another awesome giveaway! Would be thrilled to win!

    2020-11-17 19:41:55

  104. Kristen Fussner

    Thanks for always sharing your book ideas! Thank you also for the giveaway. All the prizes are great but I would love to win the cookie stamps!

    2020-11-17 20:21:35

  105. AJ W

    I look forward to this list each year! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful finds and ideas!!

    2020-11-17 20:44:26

  106. Kimberly

    Thank you for sharing!! I really enjoy looking through all your recommendations.

    2020-11-17 21:26:42

  107. Sarah Fink

    I love 1 or 3!

    2020-11-17 21:43:26

  108. Candice

    I would love the St. Lucy pack. She is my patron saint!

    2020-11-17 22:00:09

  109. Alessandra L Wa

    I like your blog very much. If I win the St Lucy basket, I will name my future daughter after her 🙂

    2020-11-17 22:21:14

  110. Angela

    We look forward to your Advent posts every year!

    2020-11-17 23:10:33

  111. Angie W

    You always have such wonderful selections to share with us, thank you! I am so thrilled for you to have all 9 home for Advent, what a special blessing.

    2020-11-17 23:28:34

  112. Edel

    Dear Jessica, A big, and very sincere, thank you for all the inspiration you've given me over the years with your blog. Our 9 children (14 and under) have benefitted so much as a result of your efforts. Like you we've 4 boys and 5 girls (with another boy due after Christmas to even the sexes). Our 6th child is Lucy and we love to celebrate her feast day. If I won we'd love the box of St. Lucy treats. Prayers for you all from Ireland.

    2020-11-18 00:03:01

  113. Kristen

    As always, I love your book lists and greatly appreciate the time you take to give a summary and your opinion. I am so grateful for all of the resources and ideas you share. May God bless you and mary keep you.

    2020-11-18 00:08:27

  114. Kelly

    We have a Lucy! Thank you so much for doing this!!

    2020-11-18 00:37:33

  115. Christy

    I love these ideas!

    2020-11-18 00:37:57

  116. Sarah

    A friend shared your blog and I'm super excited to try out some of your ideas for St. Nicholas' feast day and some of the other feasts during Advent. I'm most interested in the cookie stamps since I have two kiddos under 5!

    2020-11-18 00:42:42

  117. Jamey

    I look forward to this post every year. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and recommendations. God bless you!

    2020-11-18 01:35:10

  118. Julianne

    I love the idea of giving books that can eventually be passed on to the next generation. We do something similar in our house with nativity sets.

    2020-11-18 01:49:53

  119. katie

    Love your book suggestions. What a wonderful giveaway too.

    2020-11-18 02:20:22

  120. Lindsey

    Thank you for the giveaway! We'd love the cookie stamps!

    2020-11-18 04:23:17

  121. Emily Lewis

    Thanks for all of the creative ideas! The cookie set is adorable.

    2020-11-18 05:25:05

  122. Amy Ford

    As always thanks for another great giveaway! The book lists are always so helpful in finding new ones to add to our collection.

    2020-11-18 07:30:00

  123. Amanda Drabick

    I love your blog and all the excellent material for children, it is truly a treasure.

    2020-11-18 15:01:47

  124. Paula Grobmyer

    The St Lucy box looks lovely! I love all of your book recommendations!

    2020-11-18 18:22:14

  125. teresa

    Jessica I get so much inspiration from your blog. God bless all you do. I would love the St. Lucy box.

    2020-11-18 20:41:09

  126. Alena Franson

    Thank you for all these resources!

    2020-11-18 20:48:53

  127. Heather

    Thanks for all of your wonderful book suggestions! My favorite of these prizes are the St. Lucy items.

    2020-11-18 20:51:42

  128. Katherine Stroud

    Awesome! I just ran out of my old list! Thanks for the suggestions!!!

    2020-11-18 21:20:14

  129. Liv

    I would love a chance to win the Saint Lucia box most of all, but the cookie presses look amazing too!

    2020-11-18 23:21:56

  130. Crust

    Does each child have their own unique set of books or do they have multiples of the same? We give each child a book on St. Nick’s feast day as well, but they all sort of become communal. Trying to figure out the logistics of that 🤣

    2020-11-18 23:32:32

  131. Sarah

    Thank you! I just love seeing your book suggestions.

    2020-11-19 00:11:56

  132. Kelly

    The cookie presses are so pretty, but I love the book collections too!

    2020-11-19 00:40:58

  133. Mary

    Thank you for offering the giveaway. I'd love to win Prize #3 the St. Lucy Special edition box.

    2020-11-19 00:59:28

  134. Bernadette McMaster

    As always, you're the best! Thanks for all the inspiration/. God bless you.

    2020-11-19 01:37:30

  135. Julie C

    What a helpful resource! I appreciate the ideas!

    2020-11-19 02:05:18

  136. Giselle

    thanks for giveaway!!

    2020-11-19 03:03:38

  137. annemarie Miller

    So many good books! I'll have to look these up. One of my favorite picture books for Advent and Christmas with my kids is Silent Night, by Lara Hawthorne-it's lovely. These prize packs are amazing! The St. Nicholas cookie stamp one is particularly cool looking 🙂

    2020-11-19 03:59:34

  138. Alisa

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I’m excited to implement another advent tradition or two.

    2020-11-19 07:59:10

  139. Zelty

    This is fantastic! I find it hard now with seven to find something new for each of the different ages and this will help!

    2020-11-19 12:45:38

  140. Kathryn B

    Thank you for putting this together! My favorite prize is the St. Lucy box.

    2020-11-19 15:51:34

  141. Shaina Purves

    The Spider Who Saved Christmas (my dad just sent us this book) was such a different story and a welcome addition to our Christmas books. Happy to find out from you Jessica that the author and publisher are Catholic. Bonus!

    2020-11-19 18:36:48

  142. Jessica

    Once again thanks for the great book recommendations!!!

    2020-11-19 18:58:36

  143. Pam

    Thank you for another wonderful book list including titles that are new to me. Inspiring ideas for gift giving for all ages. Blessings

    2020-11-19 20:50:44

  144. Mary

    Thank you for all of your lovely Book titles! Great ideas for grandchildren gifts! Your giveaways are wonderful! Blessings to your family!

    2020-11-20 00:24:16

  145. Jennifer J

    You are such an inspiration, Jessica. Thank you so much for sharing! My Lucia would love that St. Lucy basket! May God reward you for your generosity.

    2020-11-20 07:50:51

  146. Laura

    Wonderful ideas as usual.

    2020-11-20 10:51:42

  147. Noreen

    so cute my daughter Catherinegrace is making confirmation too.

    2020-11-20 18:13:17

  148. Emily Bot

    Thank you for the giveway!!!

    2020-11-20 21:24:05

  149. Jen

    Thank you! Jen

    2020-11-20 21:57:00

  150. Nicole

    Thank you for your wonderful suggestions

    2020-11-20 22:08:33

  151. Janette

    Love your giveaways! That new ABC book is beautiful.

    2020-11-21 01:56:06

  152. Rebecca Harrison

    Love these books!! Thank you for sharing and love your blog, I come and look at old posts often for inspiration in my own home.

    2020-11-21 03:59:24

  153. Jen

    I always look so forward to your book lists and gift ideas! Thank you, Jessica. So happy for you that you will have all nine of your children home! Your heart must be overflowing with joy! 😊 The giveaways are all so nice, but I am especially interested in the St. Lucy box. I had never heard of them! I know my kids would enjoy the books, too, so I am going to keep them in mind as well! Thank you so much for offering them! Three people will be very blessed! God bless you and your Advent! 💕

    2020-11-21 05:26:29

  154. Suzanne M Hamling

    Thank you for sharing. I always love your list of books and am constantly going back for ideas not for my children, and now grandchild and godchildren. I also love how the list is ever growing.

    2020-11-21 12:53:08

  155. Katie

    You find the best books!

    2020-11-21 13:04:45

  156. Michele

    You always find some great books!

    2020-11-21 13:47:48

  157. Tiffany

    Gorgeous hand picked selection! I’ve just bought the ABC one!

    2020-11-21 14:12:02

  158. Lenetta

    I enjoy these posts so much, Jessica! I think my favorite thing is the stuff for your bigs. The stuff for the littles is always amazing, but it’s easier to find. Thank you!

    2020-11-21 14:21:06

  159. Becca B

    Wonderful ideas! Thank you!

    2020-11-21 15:18:04

  160. Bri

    I love seeing your St. Nicholas ideas! I always get so many wonderful gift ideas from your posts.

    2020-11-21 16:03:16

  161. Dawn

    Our ancestry is Scottish, so I am excited to see the "12 Days O Yule!" Thank you for the inspiration!

    2020-11-21 21:16:38

  162. Teresa H

    Love these ideas! Going to look at getting some for my girls this year!

    2020-11-21 21:52:07

  163. Amy

    So lovely! Thank you!

    2020-11-21 22:00:28

  164. Tony M

    Lovely ideas!

    2020-11-22 01:14:49

  165. Carol A.

    Great giveaway. I already see several books I need to purchase for Christmas gifts. Thanks for the ideas!

    2020-11-22 01:53:00

  166. Amy in oregon

    hooray for a new book list!!!! prize 3 looks awesome!!

    2020-11-22 15:08:34

  167. Autumn Acosta

    I'm a Catholic Teen and would love to win any of these prizes! My Favorite is the St. Lucy basket. I have some protestant friends who are interested in St. Lucy and would love to share with them!

    2020-11-22 16:04:17

  168. Nora

    I'm so excited to find this! I always find myself going through the archives. Thank you!

    2020-11-22 21:16:24

  169. Sarah

    I love the ABC book; how lovely!

    2020-11-23 03:52:54

  170. Stephanie Langley

    Thank you for all these offerings! Blessed Advent!

    2020-11-23 12:59:41

  171. Agnes PROVOST

    Beautiful gifts! I think my boys would love prize #1 or prize #2 , but honestly we would be happy with either.

    2020-11-23 14:38:39

  172. Ali

    Happy Advent and Merry Blessed Christmas to your family

    2020-11-23 16:30:39

  173. DelRae H

    I would love prize #1! With prize #2 being a very close second!

    2020-11-23 19:49:23

  174. Brenna G

    I love your book lists! Thank you.

    2020-11-23 20:02:52

  175. Trisha

    Another wonderful post for the Feast of St. Nicholas!

    2020-11-23 20:14:14

  176. Tiffany

    I'm so excited about this book list! Thank you! And I'm thinking those cookie cutter stamps are about the coolest thing I've ever seen😁

    2020-11-23 20:33:41

  177. Jenny Wilson

    I have always loved your book lists!! You have inspired me over the last 6 years since I found you to fill our home with beautiful books, a few added every year!

    2020-11-23 21:32:02

  178. Jenny

    Love seeing all the NEW books!! Thank you!

    2020-11-23 22:20:00

  179. Mary

    Thank you!

    2020-11-23 23:04:39

  180. Laura Casey

    What a fun give away! I would love the collection of martyr stories for my kiddos. Great book recommendations, too! Thank you!

    2020-11-23 23:55:52

  181. Joanna Dell

    Love your giveaways! Thank you

    2020-11-24 00:12:25

  182. Morgan Cedarholm

    So sweet of you. I would love that ABC book! I’m excited that I get to teach my kids about the real Saint Nicholas this year!

    2020-11-24 02:13:39

  183. Marie

    Jessica, you are such a gem! You have been my #1 go-to for awesome Catholic book recommendations for many years. Thank you!

    2020-11-24 03:05:00

  184. Lymari Pate

    Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

    2020-11-24 05:14:47

  185. Lillian

    Hoping to make St Nicholas cookies this year!

    2020-11-24 06:59:49

  186. Sarah J

    I always love your ideas! Thank you for sharing! My daughter loves to be in the kitchen these days, so prize #1 would be perfect!

    2020-11-24 12:03:39

  187. Janice

    I'd love to give the cookie stamps a try. Every year, I end up making the "nutter butter" St. Nicholas cookies! But this year, I believe I would actually have time to try another method! Thanks for all you share!

    2020-11-24 12:46:47

  188. Janelle

    Thanks for all the gift and book ideas. You've done it again!

    2020-11-24 12:56:12

  189. Cami

    A feast for the eyes, as usual! i want all the things for our family!

    2020-11-24 13:32:06

  190. Kathy

    Our family loves a great book. Finding your blog has been a delight. Any of the prizes would be exciting to win. God bless you for inspiring so many families to celebrate the faith, the pearl of great price!

    2020-11-24 13:34:58

  191. Katie Young

    You always have the best suggestions! Enjoy having all your kids home for Advent and Christmas!

    2020-11-24 14:28:22

  192. Kimberly Eger

    That Scottish 12 Days of Christmas looks so fun! I would love the cookie stamps 💛

    2020-11-24 16:38:10

  193. Christina Hostetler

    I always look at your book lists! Thank you!

    2020-11-24 18:53:38

  194. Denise

    Thank you for sharing. Love reading the book reviews.

    2020-11-24 20:05:33

  195. Karyn Sweet

    You always have such beautiful book selections! Most of our library comes for your blog posts!

    2020-11-24 21:53:07

  196. Krista

    What a lovely giveaway! I would love to win the St. Lucy special edition box! Thank you for your blog posts and booklists – so helpful!

    2020-11-25 00:04:03

  197. Mary

    First time visiting your site. 💕💕it!

    2020-11-25 01:54:53

  198. Jacie

    Love this post! So many great book ideas!

    2020-11-25 03:37:57

  199. Holly

    Another fantastic giveaway. I would love the cookie stamps or the St Lucy basket.

    2020-11-25 05:09:02

  200. Beth Long

    What great new book ideas! I've also seen the spider book described around social media and was glad to see your peek into it as well. As for the giveaways, I'd love the St. Lucy kit or the stamps the most. Thanks!

    2020-11-25 13:44:44

  201. Julie

    I look forward to your Christmas book lists every year!!

    2020-11-25 18:31:33

  202. Tonia

    I always look forward to your advent lists!

    2020-11-25 20:19:09

  203. Rachel

    I would be very happy with any of these prizes, but I would most like to win the cookie stamps! Thanks for the giveaway!

    2020-11-26 00:05:20

  204. Pamela

    Thanks for the book ideas. There are a few I was not familiar with. Thanks for hosting the giveaways, too.

    2020-11-26 01:31:39

  205. Laura D

    Fabulous ideas as usual. Thank you for these labels.

    2020-11-26 16:11:56

  206. Kyra

    I just found a few Rycraft cookie stamps passed down from my grandma bjorklund! I love this giveaway, would love to win! Thank you!

    2020-11-26 20:02:33

  207. Jacquelin

    So excited for this list each year. All the giveaways look great but my favorite would be the St. Lucy set. Thanks for the chance to win.

    2020-11-27 12:16:38

  208. Penelope

    Amazing books, always so inspired by your lists💖

    2020-11-27 16:10:10

  209. Monica

    I love your book lists and always find some books that I know my children will enjoy.

    2020-11-27 20:26:46

  210. Jan Hong

    Beautiful blog! I’m excited to learn more here

    2020-11-27 23:23:12

  211. Cheryl

    Shower of Roses is new to me. I found it on the Rycraft website, and would love to add to my collection of cookie stamps. I have been collecting Rycraft since 1978. My daughter borrowed my St. Nicholas stamp to continue our St. Nicholas traditions with her own 3 small children. In addition to St. Nicholas cookies, the kids look forward to treats in their shoes on Dec 6, and an ornament and note for an act of kindness to perform in each day of their advent calendar. Thank you for promoting St. Nicholas day through your raffle.

    2020-11-28 00:40:43

  212. Deborah Bauer

    Always excited to see what new books you are recommending for Advent. I just popped on to download the beautiful St. Nicholas Coins for this year and saw your give away. Would love the cookies presses or the St. Lucy box, but who wouldn't love more books? Thank you so much for all the ways in which you encourage us in our daily catholic journey.

    2020-11-28 03:01:13

  213. Amanda P

    This is such a fun post that I look forward to each Advent! Your recommendations are stellar! I love Prize #1! Cookies are our favorites. Thank you!

    2020-11-28 08:26:02

  214. Laura Toeckes

    I've yet to be disappointed in any of your recommendations that I've purchased. Thank you so much! I'd especially love the St. Lucy set!

    2020-11-28 08:34:39

  215. Ashley Figueroa

    So excited for these giveaways! These book lists are great!

    2020-11-28 09:32:22

  216. Melissa

    Love all these gifts! My 3 little ones would enjoy making cookies with those cutters!

    2020-11-28 11:19:27

  217. Piper

    I love seeing your lists! They are so wonderful. Thank you

    2020-11-28 11:46:10

  218. Debora

    I always love your posts. Thank you for sharing all that you do!

    2020-11-28 12:08:51

  219. Esther DeWaters

    Another beautiful list of books!

    2020-11-28 12:16:06

  220. Bridget W

    Those cookie stamps are amazing! If o don’t win, I will have to order some. My daughter wants to be a baker when she grows up. Of my children, she is the one who gets more distracted in Mass and during prayer. Perhaps these will interest her!

    2020-11-28 12:29:56

  221. Ann

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such beautiful prizes. I’d love to win the martyr books for my older children or the St. Lucia prize box for my 2 year old! Many blessings to you you and your family this Advent and Christmas seasons.

    2020-11-28 12:51:30

  222. Kit

    Love this list!

    2020-11-28 12:55:14

  223. Ellie Fitzpatrick

    What an incredible group of prizes!

    2020-11-28 13:08:20

  224. Kalen

    All of these are amazing! The book choices look fantastic!

    2020-11-28 13:43:42

  225. Shannon

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    2020-11-28 13:46:03

  226. Natalia

    Thank you! Love the book list!

    2020-11-28 13:53:44

  227. Nichole Pickle

    You are such an inspiration to Catholic moms! Thank you!

    2020-11-28 14:04:13

  228. Lucy Gallagher

    Thanks for sharing your book list!

    2020-11-28 14:10:33

  229. Ash A

    This is so neat! So many great ideas.

    2020-11-28 14:18:04

  230. Cki

    Such a beautiful blog post, what wonderful ideas!

    2020-11-28 14:24:13

  231. Heidi

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful books!

    2020-11-28 14:40:35

  232. Nichole S

    Such lovely books!

    2020-11-28 14:40:37

  233. Sarah Slaninka

    May God bless you and your family!

    2020-11-28 14:42:16

  234. Megan Tobe

    I always like to see what goodies you find! Love the kids books the most!

    2020-11-28 15:11:16

  235. Mandy

    What a great giveaway!

    2020-11-28 15:24:16

  236. Maranda Skolen

    Love your book lists every year!!! Thank You!

    2020-11-28 15:32:06

  237. Johanna

    I spent far too long perusing these lists! Such fun to look through, our Christmas collection has slowly grown over the years and I believe it was due to your blog that I started the tradition of reading Christmas books throughout Advent with my twins. As a young mom I knew I wanted to do something special and books and reading was simple, it’s now one of their favorite Advent traditions! Thank you!

    2020-11-28 16:56:37

  238. Barbara Monahan

    I would love the St. Lucy box, my oldest has served us rolls in bed for several years. Thank you for all of the great resources and opportunities.

    2020-11-28 19:47:37

  239. Laura Buchheit

    I love Shower of Roses, and have for many years! I would love to enter the raffle. Your books lists are the best and many of your favs have been read at my home after your recommendations. Thank you!

    2020-11-28 19:56:25

  240. Rebecca Parker

    What beautiful books!

    2020-11-29 00:10:41

  241. Christy H

    Thank you for helping our families stay focused this Advent!

    2020-11-29 02:15:40

  242. Jennifer

    I always enjoy reading your posts and finding new books and ways to celebrate Advent and Christmas!

    2020-11-29 04:25:35

  243. Laura Dilanji

    The St. Lucy box looks amazing as do the books! Thanks for the giveaway!

    2020-11-29 04:49:51

  244. Cassandra D

    The Spider Who Saved Christmas: A Legend.

    2020-11-29 05:54:58

  245. Annette M

    You always have the best of all booklists! Thank you for doing the labels every year, too!

    2020-11-29 18:38:39

  246. Catholic mom of 7

    My new granddaughter will grow to love any of these.

    2020-12-01 03:28:59


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