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Donkey Bells: Advent and Christmas

Meaningful and heartwarming stories, customs which you can adopt into your own Christmas celebration, and earthy and inspiring meditations to prepare the entire family for Christ's coming.

Discover how Christians celebrated Christmas before the days of television, shopping malls, and the Internet…

Catherine Doherty is well known for reviving many holy Christian traditions. In Donkey Bells: Advent and Christmas, Catherine’s three-in-one book on this most ‘expectant’ of holiday seasons, you’ll receive wonderful gifts:

Meaningful and heartwarming stories, the telling of which will surely become a family Christmas tradition. Including: The Little Christmas Angel O’Ryan, How Pride Became Humble, The Christmas Gift, Christmas in Harlem, The Bruised Reed, and others.

Customs which you can adopt into your own Christmas celebration, such as: The Advent Wreath, The ‘O’ Antiphons, Baking Christmas Foods and Decorating, and The Blessing of The Christmas Tree. Traditions surrounding important Advent and Christmas feast days are presented, including: St. Nicholas, The Immaculate Conception, Feast of the Holy Family, New Year’s Eve, Epiphany, and more.

Earthy and inspiring meditations to prepare the entire family for Christ’s coming, including:A Candle in Our Hearts, Little Things, The Gurgle of a Baby, Where Love Is God Is, Looking into the Child’s Eyes, Advent: A Modern Bethlehem, A Short Season—A Long Journey, and many more.


“Anyone using this delightful and moving book during Advent will experience great graces…. An excellent gift.” — Father Gray OSB, The Prairie Messenger

“Reading Donkey Bells is a beautiful way to prepare for the holy season of Christmas… This book is a treasure guaranteed to be used each Christmas as we prepare in our homes to celebrate Christ’s birth.” — Mary de Marco, The Bread of Life

“I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wonders how generations of Catholics celebrated Christmas before the days of television and the mall, and anyone interested in living and passing on to the next generation a traditional heritage of Advent and Christmas centered on Christ.” — John Mallon, The Sooner Catholic

Donkey Bells is a delightful collection of Advent and Christmas readings… it provides inspiring and intriguing thoughts on this most ‘expectant’ of Christian seasons…. This charming ‘three-in-one’ book will delight you and also makes a terrific gift.” — Brother Larry Holley, OSB, The Pecos Benedictine

About the author Catherine Doherty

158 pages — Trade Paperback, 5.5″ x 8.25″ — 3rd ed., Madonna House Publications, 2000 — ISBN 978-0-921440-38-3 — Also available in Russian or Chinese if you order by telephone: 1-613-756-3728

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