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    O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season, we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a storm-less eternity awaits us. Amen. Originally dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Audrey in 1957. - Fr. Al Volpe, Cameron Parish, LA

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    Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life, And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters. I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the Resurrection of Your Son. I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. Today I commit myself Never to be silent, Never to be passive, Never to be forgetful of the unborn. I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, And never to stop defending life Until all my brothers and sisters are protected, And our nation once again becomes A nation with liberty and justice Not just for some, but for all, Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

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December 05, 2008


Michele Q.

Hi Cay.

I have a basket that has snowflakes around the edge. Cute and functional. I'll take a picture later and post it.

I like your box though --very pretty!

Paula in MN

Sheesh - mine are in a white plastic tote thingy. It's ugly, but the only thing on hand.

Mrs darling

I just store mine in my glass bookshelves them out and lay them on coffee tables throughout the house. But goodness, I dont have as many christmas books as you do!

When you get your tree up come on over and post a link to it in my mr linky so all can see. Ho ho ho!


I keep ours in a box in the attic from Epiphany to Advent. I used to keep them in a large picnic basket for display, but I have too many now. They're currently in a basket and under the table where the Little People nativity sits.

Your box is pretty! What a great idea to wrap it up!


I have just begun collecting Christmas books as my kiddos are young. A nice red sleigh would be so nice! By the way, how's the weather down there? My born and raised in Baton Rouge hubby is dying up here in MD in the cold!


On bottom shelf of one of the bookcases I've had since way back when...perhaps you were a young child. Originally, they were on a bookcase that Opa built me, which has long gone to become something else.


On bottom shelf of one of my bookcases that's been with me since perhaps you were a child. Before that, they were on bottom shelf of a bookcase that Opa built for my books...that bookcase having become something else over the years.


I plain, but large, basket bought at a craft store with one of those 50% off coupons. During the year they are in a rubbermaid huge box. This year instead of just putting them all out there. I have gone through Christmas Mosaic and done the dividing how you have done it in there Cay. So for this past week, we've just had the 1st week's books out and so forth. I am hoping this way it'll be easier to maintain them, feel like we are actually reading them because there isn't such a huge pile to choose from and also it's easier to "see" them all, because there aren't as many, kwim. So far so good! Oh and we keep the basket not in the room with our big Christmas tree, but right next to the Jesse tree. So we do our Jesse Tree ornament, say our Christmas Novena, read 2-3 picture books and then the Jotham's Journey story each morning. Like I said, so far so good for this week!


I'm afraid I have nothing very exciting. We store them in rubbermaid bins with other Christmas decorations in the off season and now I have them in $10 baskets from Wal-mart. I have one for the books I own and one for the library books. I still think they look nice right between the fireplace and the Christmas tree. Sounds like a fire hazzard when I think about it. :)


Too funny Cay! I'll keep my eyes open and searching for you and your must-have sleigh...I'd love nothing more than for you to have your very own!

Merry Christmas!


Cay...I have two baskets (light green and orange) that I use for seasonal books in our living room. The baskets move frequently...much to my dislike, and the books are always in there caddywampus by the end of the day. I wish I had a special place for them...something that looks Christmassy. Anyway...I think what you have looks pretty good.


I've used a big box, too, but I've "wrapped" it in a Christmas tablecloth -- set the box diagonally in the center of the tablecloth, fold the cloth's corners up over the sides of the box -- if the cloth is big enough it can reach to cover most of the inside of the box -- adjust the folds and crinkles of the cloth, and then arrange the Christmas books to suit your artistic fancy! Looks kind of "baskety" without having to buy or store a big book basket!


I have an antique doll pram that I keep books in as well as just a large plain basket. I love the sleigh idea though...much more festive for Christmas! Maybe I'll post a picture later. During the other 11 months, I just keep my Christmas books on our shelves in our homeschool room. Every inch is used though so when I purchase more, I don't know what I'll do. :( For Thanksgiving I do keep a few holiday books 'spilling out' of a cornucopia. Some years for Christmas, I wrap 12 of our holiday books and let the girls unwrap one for each of the 12 Days of Christmas. They get joy out of it even though it's an old book. Hee hee.
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I haven't been here in a while. I really like your new design. Not very exciting, but I keep my Christmas books in a very large basket which stays on a shelf in the laundry room. Now it is in our den/library. Books range from young adult to toddler so there is something for everyone!


At the bottom of this blog post of mine - - I have a photo of our Christmas book basket. It is on our hearth. I plan on our collection outgrowing it as the years go by! Currently, it only has our religious Christmas/Advent books in it, as I like to pull those out first and then get out the "fun" secular books closer to Christmas.

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