Norbertine Christmas Wreaths!

Just got the order form for the Norbertine Nuns Christmas Wreaths in my email. I do love these nuns, but I wish they’d embrace technology just a little and set up a website for their wreaths, which are spectacularly fresh and fragrant and last beautifully throughout the season!

I mean, this is kind of cute:

Call or e-mail us to inquire about (or to place an early order for) a Christmas wreath made by the Norbertine Sisters! (661) 823-1066 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (661) 823-1066      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (email: – * If you do not receive a confirmation of your e-mail within a few days, please call us as our e-mail could be down.)

Norbertine Sisters’ Wreaths, Ready for Shipping

Then again, chances are a website would bring them more orders than they can manage; they only do 1,000 wreaths a year and are almost “at capacity” now. Nevertheless, here is some info on the wreaths, and you might want one because they are out of the ordinary and their purchase supports prayer, which we need more of!

We use 24-inch pre-made rounds with full fresh Balsam (Northern White Fir) pine boughs. Each wreath is made with 2-3 pounds of balsam greenery, and we adorn them with frosted and regular pine cones, along with a large custom-design ribbon hand-made by the sisters.

Each wreath is $35 (plus tax and shipping) Pick them up at the Bethlehem Priory or have them delivered via UPS directly to your homes and offices. Wreaths will be available for delivery/pick-up at two different times: (1) before Thanksgiving (in time for the first Sunday of Advent) and (2) in mid-December. Please let us know which you prefer, and we will try to accommodate. Order by
November 6th (first shipment) or November 26th (second shipment).

You can have a look at their wreath flyer from last year, to see comments from people who have bought the sisters’ wreaths. The photo in the pdf does not do the wreaths justice, though.

Speaking of pdf’s, the Summit Dominicans latest newsletter is particularly lovely, with a look at the 50th jubilee of Sr. Mary Elizabeth and this bit of good news – The Association of Artisan Businesses has awarded them a small business grant for their Seignadou Soaps:

All Seignadou Soaps products (soaps, hand crème, room sprays and lip balm) are made by six of the 21 Sisters at the Summit, New Jersey monastic community of nuns.

The Sisters began Seignadou Soaps three years ago as Christmas gifts for their Volunteer Guild of about 70 members, and at a time when they were seeking potential income producing ventures. Sister Mary Catharine reports that the business has provided a stable supplemental income for the monastery’s secular needs like insurance, medical and utility bills. While the products provide comfort and pleasure, she states that the business “has had an added benefit of being an ‘entryway’ for us to introduce people to our way of life and share what we do with them.” . . .Seignadou Soaps has been a wonderful vehicle for people to get to know about our monastery, about our life of prayer.”

My husband wonders why I don’t write more about the nuns new liquid hand soap, which is now his favorite. I must say, I like it too, and so do our kids. It’s unlike commercial liquid handsoaps; it is not frothy and it doesn’t lather up like mad, but just a little bit gets your hands clean without drying them out, so it lasts a lot longer than most liquid hand soaps. I love it in the kitchen; hate when my hands get greasy from cooking. Buster likes it because it’s “not girly.”

And the hand crème is pretty remarkable stuff, as many of you know. I keep it on my desk and use it every day. I’ll be buying quite a lot of Seignadou products this year, to make gift baskets for Christmas.

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  • Regina

    I started buying the Dominicans’ products two years ago with the hand creme and I’ve moved up to buying their soaps, lip balm and gift sets as well.

    I can say without reservation that the hand creme is the best I’ve ever used. My hands crack and bleed in the winter, or I guess I should say they previously cracked and bled – not any longer. I carry a bottle with me from October to April and use it a few times a day. A little dab, well massaged into the hands, truly works wonders!

    My only quibble is that the hand creme now comes in a pump bottle – I saved the flip top from a previous order and replace the pump top. The flip top makes the bottle portable and there seems to be less waste.

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  • Regina

    Oooh, I forgot! Thanks, Dear Anchoress for recommending the Dominicans’ products.

  • Dominican Nuns

    We switched to a pump because people complained about the flip top! It’s hard to please everyone!

    However, we do sell the hand creme in a jar and you can get nearly every last bit out of it! :-)

    God bless you for your support and for your input. We are grateful.

    The Dominican Nuns

  • Iris Celeste

    Well, I have my finger at the ready on your link to go to the liquid crack, err, I mean Mystic Monk site, to get my order for Christmas gifts! If I hadn’t had to spend a lot this month I would have already done so… I usually package the coffee with Holy Hot Chocolate from our Orthodox brethren here
    I figure I’ll join you in the “very bad influence” in getting people hook on monastery gifts department…

    Iris Celeste

  • kelleyb

    Love the Sisters’ hand cream!! In the past, I have also had a terrible time with bleeding dry hands. Their product is fantastic! I wish they made a face cream (non pore clogging). Bless their endeavors!

  • Jeanne

    Such a lovely photo of beautiful YOUNG faces!

    Don’t forget the Christmas CD, Christmas at Ephesus, from the Benedictines of Mary.


  • Gayle Miller

    Bless the fine sisters and their marvelous products. I always buy a bunch of the “bundled” hand cream with the lip balm etc. and give it to my co-workers. We’re a small firm (only 6 secretaries) and so I can afford to be generous (and soothing) to those I spend every day of every week with!

  • Sal

    I second Iris’s motion- they went nuts for Mystic Monk at our dedication rehearsal dinner.
    The de-caf is as good as the regular.

    [I heard from someone who gave sample-sized coffees as wedding favors, complete with ribbons! Supposedly each table of guest negotiated who got decaf or regular among the mixes! -admin]

  • Robb76

    The telephone number for ordering wreaths seems to be incomplete

    [Thank you for the heads up - that's fixed! --admin]

  • T. Bartol

    In 1943, I was 12 years old and living in Appleton, WI. I enjoyed listening to the High Maas as broadcast from St. Norbert Abbey. The friars sang. Could you identify some of the music for the Masses they sang? I am trying to identify one. I know the melody, but not the name. If you could name some of the ones sung quite often, maybe I could select a few that you might send me a copy of the first lines of the “Kyrie” or even an audio copy, I would appreciate it. I could send you an *.mp3 copy of the “Kyrie” if that would help. Thank you.