It might be sixty-five degrees outside here in Kentucky, but it is December. Christmas is on the way. And one of the best things about Christmas is the spirit of giving. Gifts, gifts and more gifts. I’m getting on board the gift giving train by having a Christmas giveaway.
st prize is a pair of these fun bookends, winner’s choice of one of my titles, and an autographed copy of Karen Kingsbury’s new Christmas novel, The Bridge. Second prize is one of my books, autographed of course, and two other Christian novels. And I didn’t forget about those of you who say you never win. I’ve got a set of cute cat magnets and your choice of my books to get one of you out of the never won ranks.
To enter send me an e-mail from my website or leave a comment here with a way to reach you. Be sure to tell me you’ve never won to be entered in that drawing. Last, it’s not a requirement for entering, but for fun I asked you to share something you especially like at Christmas time. And boy, have you shared. All your wonderful traditions and memories are getting me in the Christmas spirit. Here’s a few of them. More next blog posting day.
Karin sort of summed up what many of you have said about Christmas with this concise line. “The top three things I like about Christmas (and any holiday, weekend, or event) are Family, Family, and Family.” In a followup message she told me she grew up in a little town like me and never realized who she was related to and who she wasn't until she was older. However, she ALWAYS knew they were all family. Sounds like a great place to grow up.
So while a lot of you have mentioned getting together with family as the top thing you enjoy about Christmas, others of you have added going to Christmas Eve candlelight services with those family members. Or sleigh riding or seeing the people you love tearing into the present you gave them and loving the way their faces glow when they get that perfect gift from you.
Of course, Florence had a different story about gift wrap flying. “My favorite part of Christmas is when my cats go wild and run through unwrapped gift wrap on the floor and tear around the tree. They get so excited, it's hilarious!”
And here’s Allie teaching her children all about the best parts of giving. “There are so many things I love about Christmas. On top of the list it would have to be giving to others. My children have been making shoeboxes since they were born (I helped) and now they do it themselves, we also get a gift for an Angel through the Angel Tree our church hosts through the Salvation Army. Last we donate other gifts to Toys for Tots. My kids have learned it is about giving and not always receiving. I also love the holiday parades we are in, Christmas lighting and we all carol to senior homes with our church. It is a magical time of year.”
And we’ll end this bunch tonight with this touching story of a father’s love for his family from Betty.
“The best thing I like about Christmas..... is the memories. I grew up in an old Victorian, 3 story home in the suburbs of Philadelphia, one of nine siblings. I am the third oldest so I had a wonderful time watching our family grow. I also remember the visits of our Grand-parents and Great Grandparents. The most vivid memory is of Christmas morning with us children gathered at the top of the second floor landing looking down the stairs and waiting for our father. You see, my father earned his living driving a cab and was not allowed to have Christmas day off. So he drove into the city and picked up his cab and then came back home to us. What a wonderful time we all had opening our presents with both parents. Then Mom made us all a big breakfast. Afterwards Dad had to return to work. It wasn't until many years later that I realized that as horribly strict as his boss was at the cab company, Dad risked being fired just to spend that special time with us.”
Parents do so want to make Christmas magical for their children. Hope you are looking forward to a great time. Remember – if you haven’t – you’ve got time to sign up for my giveaways and if you want to throw in a Christmas story or tradition, that would be great. One entry per person over eighteen and deadline for entries is midnight EST December 23
Thanks for reading.