Advent begins in less than a week! This year’s Advent is the longest that Advent can possibly be, but it surely came up quickly, didn’t itly? I have three lovely things to share with you.
One is Incarnation, a new Christmas album by Sister|Sinjin, a musical group made up of Elizabeth Duffy (a fellow Patheos alum) and two of her friends, one Catholic and one Lutheran.
From one of the blog posts giving some background about the project:
Once we realized we were a band and began thinking of a name, we knew we would feel inclined to self-identify more as mothers than musicians. Our various experiences of motherhood certainly bear down on these songs.
When I’ve been pregnant (I have six children) I almost always fall into a depression, inability to pray, distance from God, and a heavy darkness that lifts almost immediately once I’ve given birth. In the midst of those pregnancies, I’ve thought more than once that I should name my child for the author of The Dark Night of the Soul, St. John of the Cross.
As Kaitlyn notes, creativity often springs from this sometimes painful, always holy duty to bear and support the lives of others.
We hope you enjoy these songs, which both extend from, and are an homage to the darkening season of waiting for new life in our Beloved Savior.
Very beautiful stuff. You can hear a sample of two of the tracks here, and you can pre-order the album, which comes out December 2.
Second is a GIVEAWAY of this splendid Gospel Advent calendar by Maïte Roche, one of my all-time favorite Catholic illustrators. The artwork is just luminous (the cell phone photo below doesn’t do it justice), and the calendar opens into a scene that includes all of Bethlehem, with a window to open each day. You can hang it on the wall from a little grommet, or it will stand on its own on a tabletop.
Even better, it comes with a little illustrated companion booklet that provides prayers, short readings, meditations, and suggestions for each day. So much better than the usual routine, where the kids fight over whose turn it is, then mom gets mad and opens it herself, and then you just stand there staring at the little picture of a star or something. It will appeal to children, but would be helpful for adults, as well.
(As you can see, Corrie liked it so much, she took a bite of it, and then threw it in the dog’s water dish. At least I hope it was in that order. If your booklet is not wet, you can even color in the illustrations.)
Thanks to the publisher, Ignatius, I have one calendar to give away! Same rules as last time:
To enter, leave a comment on the blog, and that’s one entry. To get additional entries, share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ or elsewhere on social media, AND . . . IMPORTANT: Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry you would like to earn.
So if you want three entries, leave one comment saying “Me please!” [or whatever], one comment saying “I shared your post on FB” and one comment saying “I tweeted this post.” And so on.
NOTE: Don’t be concerned if your comment doesn’t show up right away in the combox. The comment moderator is a little strict at the moment, so I’ll be approving comments in batches as time allows. Thanks for your patience!
This will be a quckie contest, since Advent is right at our throats. Contest closes Tuesday, November 22, at noon, and I’ll notify the winners asap.
You can also find the calendar for sale on Amazon and from Ignatius.
One last thing: One of these days, I’m gonna make me an Advent calendar like this. Each day leading up to Christmas, you get to punch something, and you get rewarded for it. Uh, for the kids. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Kids these days.
In addition, I would like to say that when I tagged this post music, WordPress suggested the tags “soul music” and “butt music.” That means my archives have arrived, and they’ve brought their tags. Hooray?
129 thoughts on “Maite Roche Advent Calendar giveaway! Introducing Sister|Sinjin! and a little punching.”
These look lovely!
Oooh me please – my daughter would love this!
You find the loveliest things!
You find the coolest stuff!
Posted on fb!
Moi please 🙂
Now on my Google+ feed. Is there ANYTHING I won’t do for another chance at a free one?!?
Shared to my Facebook feed. More! More!
Pinned it in Pinterest! Another chance, please.
Greedy little b*tch.
I tweeted it. Another entry, please!
I would love one! Enter me, please.
This is lovely! I’d love to win
Oh, if we’re supposed to say which we prefer, I’d love to have the Advent calendar for my Godchildren!
If the previous posts about sharing on G+, Twitter, and FB didn’t give it away… me please!
Shared on G+!
Me, please! We had the other Maite Roche advent calendar for the last two years, but it finally bit the dust. I meant to buy this one, but it’s sold out on Amazon! If I don’t win, I’ll definitely be buying it from Ignatius Press this afternoon!
Shared on FB
Shared on G+!
Shared on Twitter
Totally would love to win.
What a lovely giveaway!
I’d love to win the advent calendar!
Me me me!
Also sharing with my sister, who is not on social media, and who is a bit distant from the Lord because of a lot of suffering. The quote from Sister/ Sinjin makes me think of her. And myself!
Sharing on fb right now!!
Much better than opening a door and staring at a little star or something! I hope i win.
Delightful! I think my kids would love it.
Oh, me me me me me.
Annoying enough? Me please! 🙂
emailed to some friends .. not being on any of those other cool sites
shared on Facebook
Thanks for the chance to win this awesome advent calender!
Enter me, please!
Me, please! Thank you!
I love this. Happy and Blessed Advent
Thanks for the giveaway! Also that punch box advent calendar is an amazing idea. I’m saving it for next year when my boys will be a little older and will LOVE that.
Thanks so much! Trying to share on fb with deserving friends!
I shared this on Facebook
If I don’t win I will probably buy that. It looks amazing. I
Me please and thank you!
A punching calendar sounds both practical and relaxing! Also shared on Facebook 🙂
Shared via Twitter!
I shared this on facebook.
I retweeted this.
Me please !
Me please 🙂
I shared this on facebook
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I tweeted this!
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Me please! Thanks for offering! 🙂
I want to win!
They look lovely! Thanks for the chance to win.
Me please! Then I can tell my husband to skip the ones with the gross tiny chocolates inside.
Shared on Facebook
I love Maite Roche’s stuff! Please pick me 🙂
Just shared on facebook in hopes of winning that awesome calendar!
Would love to win that beautiful calendar. We’ve never had an advent calendar for the kids before because I’m too disorganized!
Gorgeous! Would you send to Canada if I won?
Beautiful! I hope to win! Thanks!
Maite Roche is one of my favorite illustrators, and the advent calendar looks beautiful! Yes, please!
Hope I’ll win
I would love this for my youngest daughter!!
Changed the name form mithril1971 to Christine and hoping that one shows up but realized I shouldn’t have, for consistency’s sake, so if you don’t get the “Christine” one under my email please consider this my – please may I enter the giveaway? post b/c I’m loving that AC & I already am in love w Sister Sinjin
Facebook shared 🙂
Pre-ordered that cd but always love more for friends.
Please sign me up for the giveaway – what a beautiful advent calendar!
boy, that would be so cool!
Shared on facebook!
Me please! I love Maite Roche art!
Love the maite roche books we have! I’m pretty sure it was your review of one of her books that turned me on to them.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Shared on FB!
Beautiful! We’d love this!
I shared on facebook too
I would love this! My family loves the other books we have by Roche.
oh pick me pick me! so cute!
And I shared on Facebook.
I shared this on Facebook, too. 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway! Beautiful!
Ooh, sounds like an album I will need, but also… this calendar! It is gorgeous!
I shared on fb
Thanks for the review and my kids would love this advent calendar!
I shared this on Facebook too!
What a gorgeous calendar. I would love one.
Oh dear, already sold out on Amazon? Sign me up for the drawing
I would love this calendar!
Me, please. It’s beautiful!
Tweeted, too, although I accidentally clicked the Tumblr button first because I thought T stood for Twitter, so that tells you how often I use Twitter…
I would love this!
I facebooked it too, of course. Because I am predictable.
That calendar looks gorgeous! And it’s sold out on Amazon, sigh.
I just Tweeted the post.
Oh, this is gorgeous! It would be an awesome supplement to our 1$ Aldi Chocolate Calendars! (I am such a decadent mother, I buy EVERY KID THEIR OWN. Except the baby. She doesn’t eat chocolate, and I’d rather just have my standard Aldi Dark Chocolate candy bar!)
I shared the article on Facebook.
The album sounds great, I may pick that up.
Sign me up for the calendar giveaway.