Shop Catholic this Christmas—it’s “good trade,” as my dad used to say.
by Jeanie Egolf
My dad called it “doing trade.” It may sound a little like “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours,” but it built a solid community in our 1970s small Southern Ohio town. If the Witter Plumbing family bought their groceries at Schoonover’s Market, then we’d be sure to call Mr. Witter first when a pipe froze or a toilet overflowed. Same thing went with Russel Glass, Hickies’ Hamburgers, Staker’s Drugs, the dentist, the pediatrician, and even the principal at Portsmouth Notre Dame High School. “Trading” with one another was how business was done, and it built a sense of family, belonging, and purpose among us who traded with one another. It was vital to keeping local businesses alive when the late ’80s came around with its Walmarts and Sams Clubs. We supported our friends as best we could.
As Black Friday 2017 approaches, it is very tempting to plop my turkey-stuffed self in front of various glowing rectangles and spend our entire Christmas budget on Amazon. I don’t think too many of us give a second thought to whose bank account is benefiting from our paychecks. We just want to check things off our lists and be done with it. And although I admire the idea of the whole “shop local” movement, the ever-present construction delays and expanding rush hours don’t always make it too practical. We’ve moved “up to the big city,” but I’m truly a cyber-shopper now.
“I’m Bringing Trading Back”: Trading with Fellow Catholics this Christmas season
That doesn’t mean I can’t put the inevitable Christmas binge-spending to good use. Independent online businesses are growing in both volume and diversity, and I am always happy to discover new Catholic artisans, authors and shopkeepers. So this Christmas season, I’m bringing trading back (cue Justin Timberlake)! Let’s not even call it “binge-spending.” Let’s call it “supporting our fellow good Catholics!” (Dad would be so proud.) For the next few weeks I’m going to share with readers my latest online finds from our great big family of fellow Catholics.
For this first installment of “I’m Bringing Trading Back,” I have a very special way to introduce you to 17 Catholic artisans who have banded together to create a giveaway with a goldmine of gifts. Spearheaded by Catholic homeschool blogger Ginny Kochis of Not So Formulaic, this Instagram Loop Giveaway will award one lucky winner with over $275 worth of books, jewelry, printables, and more. Enter to win now, deadline is Nov. 18.
Prizes to knock off your gift list
- Celebrating Advent at Home Ebook, Ginny Kochis
- printable rosary cards, Dianna Kennedy – The Kennedy Adventures
- liturgical calendar poster, Jessica Connolly – Telos Art
- Miraculous Medal necklace, Rose Osada – Relics by Rose
- St. Lucy and St. Nicholas peg dolls, Kristina Markford – Emmaus Road Pegs
- custom Catholic Mass insert, Emily Ricci – Gloriam Marketing
- embroidered snow globe ornament, Anne Kidder – Kidderbug Kreations
- November’s Little Catholic Box, Liz Outzs – The Little Catholic Box
- Christmas printable pack, Ann-Marie Wilkoff – Trendzilly
- copy of best-selling young adult novel, “Angelhood” by A.J. Cattapan
- signed copy of my children’s book “Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper,” Gracewatch Media
- beautiful 8×10 Verso l’alto print, Jessica Marie – Sweet Little Ones
- set of mosaic Jesse Tree ornaments, Sara Estabrooks – To Jesus, Sincerely
- Holy Family hair bow, Ceci Escobido – Hair Bows 4 Life
- copies of Catholic Mom Challenge, Be Merry, and Not of this World, Sterling Jaquith
- essential oil diffuser earrings, Theresa Conlan – Happy Nest Homegoods
- embroidered St. Teresa of Calcutta tea towel – Elayne Miller – Annunciation Designs.
Head over to Instagram and get in on the giveaway
Now, that’s what I call putting serious dent in my Christmas list! To participate in the giveaway as well as connect with this family of talented creators, head on over to Instagram to either @jeanieegolf or @ginnykochis, find the giveaway image (shown above), and follow the directions. Good luck, and stay tuned for more in-depth features about these partners in trade.
Jeanie Egolf is the creator of the Molly McBride picture books which foster religious vocations through children’s fiction. For more information on the Molly McBride series, please visit www.mollymcbrideandthepurplehabit.com.