How the Gifts You Give Can Help “Keep Christ in Christmas”

Christmas Gifts for Young Readers and Families from Loyola Press

You can always expect to receive certain kinds of Christmas presents from certain people. For example, I could always expect to receive gifts of some kind of clothing from my mom, because she felt it was her duty to keep me properly dressed. And she made no apologies for that! As catechists, we should make no apologies for offering gifts to others at Christmas that focus on the centrality of Christ. In other words, the gifts we give can truly help to “keep Christ in Christmas.”

With that in mind, I would like to suggest the following resources as ways that you can offer Christmas gifts that focus on Jesus, who is the reason for the season! For a limited time, these new and award-winning gifts from Loyola Press are available for 30% off. (Details at the link.) This Christmas, bring families closer to each other and our faith with a gift from Loyola Press.

A Story for All Ages

This book uses simple yet profound truths to help children quiet their minds and listen to their hearts to know that we are all deeply loved by God.

Bilingual edition also available.

Leo's Gift

Leo’s Gift

A shy six-year-old boy overcomes his self-doubt to discover that he has a beautiful gift to share with the world—just in time for Christmas!


Jesus the Teacher Plush Figure

Part of the Loyola Learning Tools, this plush figure of Jesus the Teacher helps children understand faith concepts in concrete ways and grow in relationship with Jesus.



Mary, Our Mother Plush Figure

Part of the Loyola Learning Tools, this plush figure of Mary, Our Mother helps children understand faith concepts in concrete ways.



Loyola Kids Book of Saints

This book of saints for children tells how saints become saints and help us even today. Includes more than 60 saints stories for children, as well as a variety of illustrations.



Loyola Kids Book of Bible Stories

60 Scripture Stories Every Catholic Child Should Know

An illustrated collection of Bible stories for Catholic children, Loyola Kids Book of Bible Stories is uniquely arranged according to the liturgical year.

Loyola Kids Book of Catholic Signs & Symbols

An Illustrated Guide to Their History and Meaning

From the sign of the fish to the Stations of the Cross, from palms to ashes, this book will enable readers to appreciate the symbols of faith all around us.

Loyola Kids Book of Heroes

Stories of Catholic Heroes and Saints Throughout History

The exciting stories and illustrations of Catholic heroes and saints inspire children to live the Catholic virtues.


Loyola Kids Book of Everyday Prayers

This illustrated collection of prayers, both traditional and contemporary, encourages young readers to pray and to create their own prayers.



Click here for the complete Loyola Press Christmas gifts guide for young readers and families.

About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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