Christmas Gift Ideas, Part II: BOOKS and DVD’s – UPDATED!

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For the first time ever, I've had to split the Annual Gift Ideas post into two part. Part I, which is all about appliances, clothes and really mostly girly things can be found here.Now, for books, music and DVD's!On DVD's: okay, given that Pope Francis was just named Time Magazine's Person of the Year, this one is a no-brainer: Francis, the Pope from the New WorldIf your family loves Downton Abbey a video set is a nice idea, but incomplete, as the series is still running. This … [Read more...]

Annual Christmas Gift Ideas Post, PART I


Yes, it's time (past time, in fact) for my annual "Gift Ideas" post. Believe it or not, people actually ask for this post -- for the last three weeks I've gotten emails and private messages asking when it would be posted.The truth is, I haven't been in the mood to do it; these things are really time-consuming (and my schedule lately is stupid) but more than that, I have been feeling altogether un-consumer-y this year, and was feeling that way even before the release of Evangelii Guaduium, … [Read more...]

Let’s Go Shopping! Christmas Gift Ideas!

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A lot of you have been asking for this annual post, and it feels like I am much later with it than usual, but in looking at my archives it seems that with one glaring exception, I'm pretty much on schedule, so let's get to it.To start with, be aware that it's getting towards the deadline to order gifts made by monastic houses. It's already too late to order the wreaths, but I think you can still squeeze in candy, coffee and soap/creme orders. I just ordered these St. Nicholas Shea Butter … [Read more...]