New Christmas Books for the Feast of St. Nicholas + Our Annual St. Nicholas Giveaway

by | Nov 12, 2023 | Advent and Christmas, Books, St. Nicholas | 194 comments

New Christmas Books

– New Christmas Books for the Feast of St. Nicholas –

As the holiday season approaches, and we bid farewell to All Saints Day and Martinmas, it’s time to shift our focus to the upcoming feast of St. Nicholas. Amidst the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving preparations, I find myself eagerly anticipating our family’s annual Advent traditions including celebrating St. Nicholas Day which lies just around the corner!

On the morning of December 6th, our children wake up to discover their heartfelt letters to the Holy Child and St. Nicholas have disappeared, replaced with treats in their slippers. New Christmas Books, sometimes new slipper or shoes (when needed) oranges, chocolate gold coins, candy canes, and a note from St. Nicholas himself.

Over the years, our children, who are now mostly teenagers and young adults, have continued to receive a new Christmas book as an integral part of this beloved tradition of ours. This has resulted in a remarkable collection that spans over two decades. I look forward to passing down these treasured Christmas books to them when they start their own families one day.

Below you will find the list of books I picked out for this year.

Note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Additional affiliate links included to TAN Books, Ignatius Press and Holy Heroes as well.

Captain – 23

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

You’re never too old for picture books! As C.S. Lewis says, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

This Christmas might be the first he spends away from family, and our first without all of our children home… We’ve been exploring ways to bring him home for the weekend, but the logistics of getting him to an airport after classes on Friday and then having to fly back on Christmas day to make it back to his classes the next morning are making it increasingly unlikely. Despite the distance, we’re determined to send him a few care packages filled with love and homemade goodies to make his Christmas away a bit brighter. In the meantime, I’m eagerly counting the days until his graduation from the academy in February. Secretly, I can’t help but hold on to a small hope for a government shutdown over Christmas, which could possibly bring him home, even if just briefly.

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border is a heartwarming picture book that tells the story of a family separated by the U.S.-Mexico border. Through letters and pictures, the book conveys the love, hope, and resilience of the family as they find ways to stay connected and celebrate special moments despite the physical distance that separates them. It’s a touching story of family bonds that transcend borders. It also portrays the Border Patrol positively, showing them as individuals who help facilitate connections between families separated by the border. The book highlights the humanity and compassion that can exist even in challenging situations.

Ranger – 21

Drinking with Saint Nick

For our 21-year-old, we’ve chosen to give him his own copy of Drinking with Saint Nick: Christmas Cocktails for Sinners and Saints. This delightful book is not only a festive guide to crafting Christmas cocktails but also weaves in fun anecdotes and stories related to the holiday season, making it an enjoyable read for anyone looking to add a spirited twist to Christmas celebrations. And don’t worry, we’re not suggesting he needs the cocktails to cope with his older brother’s absence (this is the first year those two have been separated) – it’s all in good fun! 😉

Also available directly from Ignatius Press.

Twinkle Toes – 20

A Year with the Saints

For our daughter, who is now a licensed insurance agent and has taken on the world with her own business, I’ve chosen a gift that reflects her commitment to growth and self-reflection. A Year with the Saints: Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God is such a beautiful Deluxe Leatherette book, offering daily meditations and insights that can provide her with inspiration and guidance in both her personal and professional life.

Plus, it’s a fantastic deal right now – you can grab it for just $10 this month at TAN Books, which is nearly 78% off the regular price. A gift that’s both meaningful and budget-friendly! (I actually might order three more copies so we can give one to each of our other young adult children in their stack of books for Christmas for them to read in the upcoming new year.)

Update: It looks like the sale over at TAN on A Year with the Saints has ended. You can find the current deals here!

Chiquita – 18

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

For our college girl, who loves murder mysteries and will finally have a well-deserved break over Christmas, I’ve chosen the intriguing book Hercule Poirot’s Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery. In this official edition featuring exclusive content from the Queen of Mystery, the holidays take an unexpected turn when a family reunion is marred by murder, and the brilliant Belgian investigator, Hercule Poirot, swiftly takes on the case. This gripping tale is the perfect read to keep her entertained during her holiday break, and we’re excited to see her dive into the mystery.

Scout – 16

A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel

For our sixteen-year-old son, we’ve chosen A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel. It’s a visually captivating adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, perfect for a teenager who enjoys graphic novels. This book presents the timeless story in an engaging format with stunning illustrations. He’s going to love it!

(Thank you, Tiffany G, for suggesting this book and the Agatha Christi book above last year!)

Rose – 13

The Lion in the Box

“Recently widowed, Mama would only be able to provide a meager Christmas for her five small children. Even though Mama could only get work occasionally, the family was rich in love and affection. The older girls did housework while Mama was away, and Lili looked after Ben and the baby. On Christmas Eve, the family spent an anxious evening that turned into one of the most extraordinary and memorable Christmases of their lives. This true story is set at the turn of the 20th century in New York City. Highly recommended as a Christmas read-aloud.”

Bud – 11

The Christmas Rocket

“This beautiful Christmas story, set in Italy during the 1950s, is about a potter’s son who goes down the mountain with his father shortly before Christmas to sell pots, vases, and platters. They have high hopes of bringing home enough money for a nice Christmas dinner, perhaps enough for a pair of real shoes for Dino, and even a rocket for him to set off with the other boys on Christmas Eve. The trip does not turn out as planned, it goes from bad to worse until Dino starts home in tears. As he trudges up the mountainside, something happens. Something which lights up Dino’s heart and gives us a new view of the Christmas story.”

Grace – 6

‘Twas the Day Before Christmas in Bethlehem Town

For our six-year-old daughter, I’ve chosen the brand new book ‘Twas the Day Before Christmas in Bethlehem Town. This charming book is more than just a retelling of the Christmas story; it’s a beautifully illustrated journey that transports readers to the heart of Bethlehem, where the anticipation of the first Christmas Eve unfolds. The book captures the excitement and wonder of that special night and I look forward to reading it with her.

Joy – 4

Silent Night

Silent Night: A Christmas Song

I’m taking full advantage of my last opportunities to buy board books for our four-year-old, who still really enjoys them! Our little animal lover will be receiving Silent Night: A Christmas Song this year. With delightful animal illustrations throughout and the lyrics to a favorite Christmas song, it’s a great addition to our collection. I also considered A Very Merry Christmas Prayer which is also darling when I was browsing the bookstore this past weekend.

Silent Night Interior Pages

Free Printables

You can 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 from 2010 and the updated version in 2019!

St. Nicholas Printables

St. Nicholas Giveaway

Once again this year I will be hosting FOUR Advent and Christmas giveaways here on the blog:  this St. Nicholas Giveaway, the 2023 Shower of Roses Christmas Gift Guide + Giveaway, another Advent Book Basket giveaway and finishing up with another O Antiphon giveaway!  Here is the first giveaway in preparation for the feast of St. Nicholas! Enter for a chance to win one of the following six prizes:

Prize #1 – Books from Author Susan Peek

Susan Peek Books

The books included are: Saint Rudolph and the Reindeer, The Forgotten Christmas Saint: St. Anastasia, The Outlaws’ Friend: A Christmas Story of Blessed Solanus Casey, Saint Cloud of Gaul: The Prince Who Traded Kingdoms, A Soldier Surrenders: The Conversion of St. Camillus de Lellis , Saint Magnus the Last Viking, A Single Day . . . Or Not: An Ancient Irish Legend sponsored by SusanPeekAuthor.com ($90.00 Value)

Congratulations, Lizette R!

Prize #2 – Set of Five Cookie Stamps with Recipe Booklet

Cookie Stamps
Cookie Stamp Details

Includes: #001 – Santa Claus#031- Noel Stocking#317 – Old St Nick, #357 -Santa on the Rooftop, and #413 – St Nicholas sponsored by Rycraft Cookie Stamps ($64.95 Value)

Congratulations, Sarah V!

Prize #3 – An Advent Hope & Advent Candle Kit

Holy Heroes

Includes: An Advent Hope: A Children’s Book about Family Advent Traditions and the wonderful Advent Candle Kit sponsored by Holy Heroes ($42.90 Value)

Note: I’m excited to add An Advent Hope to our Advent Book Basket this year! We have always loved this candle kit too. Be sure to check out all the great products for Advent over at Holy Heroes!

SAVE 15% with coupon code SHOWER15 through 12/5/23

Congratulations, Katie W!

Prize #4 – Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus & My Name is Philomena

Tan Books

Includes: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: An Introductory Latin Missal for Children and My Name is Philomena sponsored by TAN Books. ($42.90 Value) Note: Find my review of My Name is Philomena here.

Congratulations, Raquel F!

Prize #5 – Light of the Saints

Light of the Saints

Includes: Light of the Saints is an interactive, light-based children’s book that tells the story of 12 saints from around the world. Shine a light behind the page to see hidden images of their miracles and heroic acts. Light of the Saints is the answered prayer for parents who want to teach their kids about the saints. AND it rhymes! All you need in addition to the book is a flashlight or phone light. ($18.95 Value)

Congratulations, Mary K!

Prize #6 – The World Waits

The World Waits

Includes: The World Waits sponsored by Sophia Institute Press ($16.95 Value) (Also available from Amazon here.)

Congratulations,Kelly S!

Please leave a comment on this post and then enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter box below:

Note: If you have any trouble with Rafflecopter just send me an email or message with your name/email address and I can add you manually. I’ve been looking for alternatives, but haven’t found a free option yet that offers what I need for these annual giveaways that I love hosting for you all! 

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More Suggestions From the Archives

Advent Book Basket and Printable Labels:  2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022

New Christmas Books for the Feast of St. Nicholas: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 20172018201920202021 and 2022

Stacks of Books on Christmas Morning or Epiphany: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

You can find the rest of our booklists here or scroll through all our past St. Nicholas Day Celebrations in the archives.

Even more St. Nicholas themed gifts can be found in these past posts filled with Christmas Gift Ideas & Stocking Stuffers from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022

Read about our family traditions: The Advent Season in Our Catholic Home

Scroll through past posts featuring the Feast of St. Nicholas here.

194 Comments

  1. Maureen

    Amazing prizes!! I’ve had my eye on Light of the Saints since it came out! My kiddos love flashlight books!!

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    • Angie Wolfe

      Ohhhh myyyy beautiful suggestions again!! I would love to win any of these!

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      • Kaleb García

        I always get so excited when I see this post each year as I get to see new suggestions for books! I can’t believe how grown everyone is. I feel for you as your oldest might be away during the holidays. Thank you always for the giveaway. God bless

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      • Lisa A Purcell

        Thank you for this giveaway!
        Lisa A

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      • Christy

        This is such a fun time of year for my family. I so love checking out your site to add such great ideas to the Feast days that we celebrate. You have brought joy to my family of 17 for years!!!

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        • Jessica

          So hard to believe I’ve been blogging so long! Thanks for following along ❤️

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    • Leana Bowler

      What wonderful prizes!!!

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      • Susie

        Always such wonderful suggestions! Thank you!

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    • Carol Ritchie

      Thank you for all the giveaways and for ALL of your posts. I enjoy all of them!

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    • Kimberly Timmerman

      Thank you so much for posting your book lists!! Our family has benefited so greatly from your sharing!

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      • Elizabeth

        Thank you for the book suggestions! Love using your lists for my Christmas Shopping!

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    • Veronica Howell

      I look always forward to you sharing your ideas-thank you!!

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  2. Bridget H

    Those cookie stamps look so fun!

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    • Deb

      Beautiful and thoughtful as always!

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      • Marie Gomez

        Such beautiful prizes! Thank you for the booklists! One of our favorite Advent traditions is reading all the books.

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      • Alexandra S

        It’s always such a joy to see which books you discover for your family 🙂 what an inspiration!

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        • Cam

          Such beautiful books! Thank you for your recommendations over the years.

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        • Kaitlyn White

          This is amazing! I love your blog. Never need to go anywhere else for gift ideas!

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      • Tira Roach

        Thank you for doing this! I look forward to your ideas every year!!

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    • Stacey Werner

      Thank you for such amazing suggestions! Your blog is such an inspiration. Our oldest is away at Naval A-school, and might not be able to be with us this year. I feel your pain. ❤ All of the prizes are wonderful. I especially love #’s 4, 2, & 1 (in that order). God bless you and your beautiful family.

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  3. CMerie

    I would love Prize 2.

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    • Hannah

      Thank you for sharing the book suggestions. I always look forward to learning about new books.

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  4. Joy65

    Always great selection

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    • giselle vargas

      Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!!
      I would love Prize #1,3 and 4

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      • Kelly

        Thank you for sharing! Love prize #4!

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    • Amanda

      Great bunch of books picked out this year!

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  5. Jessica Compton

    I would love prize #1 or 6. You always have such wonderful giveaways!

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    • giselle vargas

      Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!!
      I would love Prize #1,3 and 4

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    • Faith Hough

      I look forward to seeing your choices every year. I’ve found some wonderful books that way! 🙂

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  6. AVK

    Love Susan Peak!

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  7. Robbie

    My daughter wants the St. Nick Cookbook when she turns 21!

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    • Ang29

      Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I think anyone of us would be happy to have these.

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  8. Natalie K

    Thank you so much for this! I haven’t heard of most of these and am looking forward to adding to our collection! The Hercule Poirot’s Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery sounds really great and a perfect gift for my husband who really enjoys those movies!

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    • Aleesa

      We would love prize #4 but they are all wonderful prizes!

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  9. Chris Schremmer

    This is my favorite blog post- I look forward to it every year. Such wonderful book suggestions!

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  10. Jocelyn K

    Thank-you!!!! We would love #1!!!!

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  11. Sara

    All of these prizes look wonderful!! Thanks so much for having this giveaway!

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  12. Jodi Carpenter

    Thank you for the wonderful book ideas!

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    • Anna

      I absolutely love coming back to your post for every feast and holiday for a mom just starting out!

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  13. Kristina Nellis

    Thanks for sharing! I always love your suggestions.

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  14. Heather McEnnerney

    I look forward to this post every year! I’m checking to see if any of our local libraries have “The Lion in the Box” available. It sounds perfect for Christmas!

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  15. Paula

    What a great tradition!

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    • Teri

      Thanks for always sharing great book recommendations!

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      • Alicia G

        The cookie stamps would be so fun to use with my kiddos! What a great giveaway

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  16. Maria F

    Always fun seeing new books to add to the list. The Sanctus Missal is gorgeous…we bought it for our goddaughter this year! Also Drinking with the Saints is amazing.

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  17. Meg

    Love all your book suggestions – thank you!

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  18. Randi B

    I look forward to your St Nicholas book selections every year. Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Kathleen Barrett

    Thanks for sharing these great resources!

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  20. Christine T

    I reference your book suggestions frequently! These books look wonderful.

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    • MaryLiz

      Love your suggestions every year – they are so helpful!

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  21. Jacqueline Brown

    Thank you for the book reviews! I love finding new books to give to my children and read with them.

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  22. Christina Maney

    Love all your suggestions! Thank you!

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  23. Jodi S

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway again this year! I look forward to all of your book suggestions each year.

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  24. Katie

    These look fantastic. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. Ellen

    Love seeing the wide range of suggestions for older and younger kids!

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  26. Katherine M.

    You always find the best books! Thank you for all of your hard work in putting these giveaways together. Have a blessed Advent!

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  27. Heidi

    Love the ideas- thank you!

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    • Kathy

      Great book suggestions for older kids. Thank you so much!

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  28. Jeannie G

    Such a great list! I’ll for sure be adding to our Christmas book stash! Excited for the giveaway!

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  29. Megan C.

    I love seeing this post each year! Would love to try the Advent candle kit!

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  30. Miriam Hete

    Great ideas for gifts! Excited for the giveaway :))) Participated in a theater adaption of The Last Viking over the summer, and I was blessed to play Lady Thora!

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  31. Lori

    Thank you, Jessica! You always have such lovely items in your generous give-always! ❤️ Blessings!

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  32. Alena Franson

    I love these! My favorites are the cookie cutters and the St Philomena book! Thanks Jessica!

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  33. Stefanie

    I love my copy of A Year With the Saints!

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    • Teresa

      Beautiful, true, and good!
      God bless you.

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  34. Christina Pride

    I look forward to your lists every year for many years now

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    • Danielle Eckert

      Thank you so much for all of the wonderful book selections! I enjoy seeing them every year.

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  35. Jenni

    Amazing!! Always have the best ideas!!

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  36. Natalia Sandoval Walth

    Ave Maria! This is the first time I am entering after following your blog for ten years! I have ferocious readers who need more to read. May God bless you

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    • Mary

      I like the light of saints book!

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  37. G Gregory

    I can’t even decide what I like best, all the prizes look so wonderful!

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  38. Elizabeth

    Thank you for sharing the books you chose for your children, really great gift ideas!

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  39. KAREN H

    Wow – what an awesome selection of books! Your children’s ages match the range of my grandchildren’s so this is a wonderful help for our Christmas wish list. So many great new books. When I saw the $10 Year With the Saints book, I bought it on the spot! Thank you for all the inspiration and giveaways, it makes everyone’s spirits bright!

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  40. Christy Lumpa

    Wonderful books!

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  41. Erin H.

    I look forward to your recommendations every year, and am so excited there were several here that are new to us as well! You have truly been a gift to us with all your recommendations and ideas over the years. Thank you for taking the time to share with us. And ALL of those prizes look amazing. So fun!

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  42. Kathryn B

    Thank you for taking the time to post this! I love prize #4, and #3.

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  43. Andrea

    These look great! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  44. M Glasgow

    Thank you for the great book recommendations!!

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  45. Laura Gonzalez

    I absolutely love your book recommendations as always and the giveaways! Prize #1, the books from author Susan Peek is my first choice and my second would be prize #4, Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, and My Name is Philomena. Thank you for sharing the selections you’ve made for your children.

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  46. Christine M.

    They all grow so fast! May God’s blessings be upon your family.

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    • Suzanne Hutchison

      I always enjoy gaining inspiration from you. Thank you for the wonderful book recommendations!

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  47. Erica Sanchez

    Beautiful! So appreciate all the time and effort you put into this, Jessica! Everything looks wonderful!

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  48. Elisse Florance

    What a beautiful way to celebrate as your kids age out of toys!

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  49. Emily

    I love getting ideas for new books especially for Multiple ages and with quality content!!

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  50. Karen H

    THIS COMMENT IS NOT FOR POSTING! ;-D
    Hi Jessica, every time I post a comment I see that little picture of someone riding a horse! I have no idea who it is and how to get rid of it – lol If you are computer savvy or able to remove it somehow, please feel free to delete it. I WISH it was me on a horse, but no such luck ;-D

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    • Sheena Dolechek

      You always have the best tips & books! Working on being more like you.

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  51. Natalie Hall

    My name is Philomena book cover is so beautiful!!! I really hope I win one of the amazing prizes!

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  52. Slavena

    Thank you! I always love all of your book suggestions

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  53. Kristy F

    The book pack of Prize #1 would be lovely to win!

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  54. Caitilin Landrigan

    Love your blog! These giveaways look awesome!

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  55. Kate Gregory

    I am so grateful you post book suggestions!
    My family loves Susan Peek; a little intense sometimes for the young ones, but so good.

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  56. Johanna Mahaffy

    Because of running across your blog years ago I have incorporated many traditions into our home not only involving St Nicholas but All Saints Day too! Love the book recommendations each year you always find some gems!

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  57. Natosha

    I love these books, very nice for the entire family to enjoy during the holidays. The one that really stuck out to me is the Set of Five Cookie Stamps with Recipe Booklet. I love that this is something that can be fun to make with the entire family helping out. Plus, the final treat is also so sweet! Thank you for this excellent giveaway!

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  58. Laurie Duquette

    I love your book suggestions!

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  59. Sarah Goodman

    I love your book suggestions every year.

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  60. Megan

    I always look forward to your book suggestions and a lot of them this time are books we have been eying for our family!!

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  61. Alicia

    I love your book suggestions! Such amazing finds and treasures for years to come.

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  62. Jolene Sis

    I always enjoying looking through your book suggestions. Thank you for the time and effort you spend to share with all of us.

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  63. Leslie S

    Love this! Such great book ideas

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  64. Melanie

    Awesome book recommendations as always. Thank you for hosting these prizes.

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  65. Lucy

    These look great!!!

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  66. Piper

    What wonderful books! Thank you for offering this giveaway, and may God bless you and your family in this holy time!

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  67. Sarah

    Great giveaways, as always! Look forward to your lists of book purchases so much!

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  68. Kathleen V

    I always look forward to reading your suggestions. Just added several to my cart for my own kids. Thank you, Jessica!

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  69. Marie

    I appreciate & enjoy your book recommendations immensely! Thank you & God Bless!

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  70. Karina

    Wonderful selection of new books! Thank you!

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  71. Regina

    I garner such great ideas from your blog and look forward to your giveaways every year! Thank you!

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  72. Katie Walsh

    Thanks so much for showcasing these beautiful books and the giveaway!

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  73. Katie

    Thanks so much for showcasing these beautiful books and for the giveaway!

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  74. Stephanie Langley

    Great giveaway, thank you!

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  75. Julia

    I look forward to your book lists every year! Thank you for doing this!

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    • Philomena

      Thank you for putting together this interesting Advent book list and generous giveaway once again!! My favorite prize is #1 (Susan Peek book set), and my next favorites would be #4 (Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus and My Name is Philomena) and #3 (An Advent Hope and Advent Candle Kit). Thanks again!

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  76. Amy

    Thanks!!! I love collecting Christmas books for our family. We wrap them every year to open.

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  77. Jennifer Barbosa

    I look forward to your Advent booklist and St. Nicholas celebrations every year! My girls would love to learn about some of the forgotten saints from Susan Peek or they would especially enjoy the cookie stamps!

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    • Lianne B.

      All the prizes look great! We love celebrating St. NICHOLAS DAY!

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  78. Alicia

    Thank you! We would love to win Susan Peek’s books.

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  79. Sarah

    I look forward to this book list every year! Thank you!

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  80. BillieJo

    Jessica, I have learned so much from you about homeschooling, family, faith, and celebrations over the years. Please know how much you are appreciated!

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  81. Laura D.

    Each year I am amazed at the wonderful Catholic treasures you find!

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  82. Heidi

    Thank you again for putting together such a lovely give away!

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  83. Emily B

    Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  84. Brigid Hadzima

    Just beginning Christmas shopping and, of course, I need to check your blog to get book ideas. Thank you!

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  85. Kaycee

    We got that drinking with St. Nick book for the guys last year! We also got the light of the saints book for the babygrands last year as well! Love the new list of books!

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  86. Maria McCague

    Prize #1 looks like some great reads!

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  87. Barbara

    Thank you again for such great titles. We would love any of the prizes!

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  88. Adrienne

    Your recommendations are a favorite each year! Thank you for the time you put into researching books for a variety of age groups.

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  89. CAITLIN DeLaruelle

    We’d love any of the book selections! I’m always trying to build our Christmas book collection

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  90. Courtney

    We would love the cookie stamps or Susan Peek books. Thank you!

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  91. Hope Schuster

    I wasn’t sure I was going to buy St Nick books this year but now I feel inspired! So many great choices here!

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  92. Dawn MacKay

    Thank you for sharing great book recommendations. We are praying your son will somehow be able to get home for Christmas!

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    • Jessica

      Thank you ❤️

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  93. Anne

    Thank you for this lovely post!

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  94. Leah

    Thank you for posting your book suggestions! Your blog is a wonderful resource for finding good books for my growing-too-fast little ones (and for myself!).

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    • Jessica

      Time truly flies! So hard to believe that nearly half our children are young adults now…

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  95. ourweebookclub

    What beautiful selections!

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  96. Teresa H

    What lovely gifts and great ideas. I love the book recommendations.

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  97. Jessica

    You have the best gift ideas!!

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  98. Gretchen Vogt

    Wow so many wonderful books to prepare for Christ’s birth, thank you! This is just what I’ve been looking for!

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  99. Amanda Valenza

    These items are all so lovely! I really love the stamps. Also, I have been eyeing the “Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus” children’s missal. Thank you for doing the giveaway!

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  100. Lizette Rodriguez

    PAX
    Thank you so much for posting!

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  101. Alice

    +JMJ+
    I enjoy reading your posts! May God bless you and your wonderful family!

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  102. Mindy Schriver

    Best giveaways ever!

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    • Jessica

      Just wait! I have another one coming up this upcoming weekend! 😘

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  103. Annie D.

    I love a good book giveaway! Thanks for all the Advent book suggestions!

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  104. Sarah Fink

    These are all great! We love prize 1!

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  105. Molly VA

    What a great selection of books! Well suited to the season.

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  106. Marilyn

    I would like #1. Thank You for the giveaway
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING
    Marilyn

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  107. Maria Norris

    I love seeing your suggestions every year! Thank you!!

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  108. Amy

    I look forward to your book and other recommendations every year! Thanks so much!

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  109. Amy

    I love looking at your recommendations! So fun every year!

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  110. Nicole Ernest

    Thank you for a great list of books!!

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  111. Melodee

    I have followed your blog for many years. God bless you and your beautiful family, Jessica.

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  112. Megan

    I always love your suggestions!! Thank you!!

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  113. Lucy

    These prizes are great!

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  114. Katrina Springer

    All the prizes look great! I love these posts as it helps me pick items for my family. If I were to win, my favorites would be prizes 3 or 4.

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  115. Shaina Purves

    Already bought a few books and requested others from our local library. Thank you Jessica!

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  116. Kristen

    I look forward to your book lists each year. Thank you for sharing! Have a blessed thanksgiving!

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  117. Abby Troy

    Your traditions and gift suggestions have been so helpful as I navigate living out the faith with my 4 little ones.

    We would love to check out An Advent Hope/Candle set or the Sanctus missal and storybook about Philomena. <3

    God bless!!

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    • Sarah Anthony

      I found this just in time! Glad to have found all these resources!

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  118. Dinh D

    Would love prizes 1, 5 or 6! Awesome giveaway!

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  119. Amy in Oregon

    Love the book and gift lists!!! Best suggestions for catholic families.

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  120. Dee K

    Thank you for this giveaway! Have a Holy and Blessed Advent!

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  121. Jenny

    Love your book lists! Prizes 3, 4, or 5 are my top picks, but they all look amazing!

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  122. Amelia Desch

    As always, your book recommendations are a delight!

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  123. ANNA

    Love your giveaways!

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  124. Deborah Affleck

    I look forward to all your book suggestions! Thanks for another great giveaway! God Bless!

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  125. Desiree. N

    Love all your recommendations, and every year I see some that I have never heard of before! Thank you for these wonderful posts! We started the daily advent/Christmas book reading tradition years ago because of your posts.

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  126. Elena A

    Truly appreciate all the book ideas, and will use a few of them this year. Even the giveaways are great suggestions, esp. Susan Peck’s books on saints (first time I had heard of the author)

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  127. Julie d.

    I love Susan Peek’s books! So good for ALL ages!

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  128. Audrey Demeter

    Thank you for putting together these lists! They are really helpful!
    The prize packs 2, 3, and 4 I’ve had my eye on anyhow, but they all look great!

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  129. Carmelina Josephine

    Thank you for all the book info and for offering this giveaway! My favorites are prizes 1, 4, and 3 in that order. 🙂

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  130. Ashley Figueroa

    I look forward to your Christmas posts every year! They always give me a great jump start on my Christmas shopping.

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  131. Leslie S.

    Love this! So many amazing books and ideas

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  132. Betsy Wright

    What a fun giveaway! I love seeing all the book suggestions!

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  133. Maranda Skolen

    I always look forward to your Book suggestions!! So many beautiful items this year!

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  134. Mary V.

    Wonderful prizes! I especially love prize # 1, followed by # 4 or # 6!

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  135. Carol Alber

    Thank you for all the time you put into your marvelous lists. I always find ideas I can use. I love the Susan Peek books!
    Have a blessed Advent!

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  136. Heather Mobini

    What a fun giveaway! Thank you!

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  137. Anne Hilker

    Catholic book giveaway?? Count me in!

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  138. Elizabeth B

    These all look amazing! I’d love to win the Susan Peek books, the cookie stamps, or the Philomena book.

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  139. Emily E

    Thank you! Have a blessed Advent. May you all have a happy reunion soon. Prayers for James in the academy!

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  140. Stephanie S

    Thanks for all your sharing over the years

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  141. Tracy Smith

    I always love your suggestions and giveaways! Especially if I win! Lol! 😂

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  142. Cheryl Janowiak

    Always great selections! Thank you for sharing!

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  143. Elizabeth

    I wait anxiously for your amazing posts! God bless!

    Reply
  144. Marie Bauman

    I look forward to your book lists every year!! Thank you!

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  145. Eva

    Interesting new books you have found, Jessica. I have looked some of them up in the library.

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  146. Oxana Woodul

    Great selection!!!!

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  147. Kris Levy

    Love these new books! I am ordering a few for the grandbabies! I love seeing all your new suggestions 🙂

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  148. LauraB

    Thanks for the giveaway and book recommendations.

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  149. Elena Tejeda

    It’s always so nice to have this type of help finding beautiful gifts and ways to celebrate Advent and Christmas.

    Reply
  150. Melissa Q

    Great ideas for Christmas gifts!

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  151. Holly

    I would love to win the cookie stamps or any of the books! 🙂

    Reply

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