It’s hard to avoid holidays here in North America. We often complain that Halloween / Thanksgiving / Christmas decorations go up too early (frequently overlapping with the holiday before them). Yet despite this frenzy of decorating and celebrating, it can still be hard to get into the holiday mood. Especially for Christmas.
Advent is the season of preparation that the Church enters before Christmas. While stores break out their Christmas decorations in early November, Advent is the actually only the four Sundays before Christmas. And even with all the holiday reminders—or maybe in spite of this sensory overload!—I often still find it hard to get into the Christmas spirit.
Maybe November and December are weeks of hectic preparation for you… dashing to parties, baking cookies for annual exchanges, finding the perfect gifts, making your tree look Pinterest perfect, writing Christmas letters to all the family eagerly waiting to hear about your year.
Or maybe it’s hard to focus on Advent for different reasons. Maybe, like me, you have bad memories surrounding Christmas. Even as a teen, I struggled with depression through the holidays. Somehow in my childhood home, it wasn’t okay to be excited about presents—and sharing the deep desires of your heart could open you up for ridicule. Even as an adult, I’ve seen that presents can show someone how well you know them—or how little you do.
So I understand that Advent can be hard, whether for because of busyness or emotional baggage. And I know I’m not alone. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to join the Catholic Mom Bundle 2017. Half of the products are centered on Advent!
Just to name a few:
- 2017 Advent Activity Pack by Aleesa McCarthy (filled with colouring pages and a calendar to help you count down towards Christmas with the kids!)
- Celebrating Advent at Home: A Simple Guide to Peaceful Preparation by Ginny Kochis (an ebook with tons of simple, practical ways to savor the season)
- O Antiphons: An Ancient Advent Liturgical Tradition by Lorelei Worland (beautifully decorated prayers with instructions for using them during the last week of Advent)
The Catholic Mom Bundle 2017 also contains resources to help you grow as a mom, a wife, and a Catholic year-round.
Banish the holiday blues by picking up your bundle right now. Take time this Advent to refresh your soul and focus on what really matters. And in January, start a prayer journal, take the self-care challenge, or learn how to get more done as a mom!
But don’t wait too long. The Catholic Mom Bundle 2017 is only on sale until Sunday, November 26!
For only $19, you get a dozen amazing resources—ebooks, printables, craft ideas, smartphone wallpapers, and an e-course. My little ebook, Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood is one of the ebooks in the Bundle. I really enjoyed Sterling Jaquith’s ebook Refresh: A Catholic Mom Guide to Getting More Done (worth the price of the bundle on its own!) and can’t wait to dive into Celebrating Advent at Home this week (as I mentioned, I need all the help I can get with Advent!).
So get yourself a pre-Christmas present! It’s only on sale this week—buy it now!!!
I think this is a great bundle with actionable content for busy moms. But what’s really awesome is the 30-day happiness guarantee. Download it, try it out, and if you’re not satisfied, just ask for a refund within 30 days.
I am a contributor and an affiliate for the Catholic Mom Bundle 2017. I received an advance copy to review and am thrilled with each of the products in this bundle. All opinions expressed are my own!