Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Giveaway!

Christmas, in my family, has always been the time of year we read aloud the most.  "Twas the Night Before Christmas..." was (and still is!) traditionally read by my grandfather on Christmas Eve, and we even have a few family favorites that I can recite entire passages from memory!

This week we are giving away a copy of Putting God Back in the Holidays by Bill and Penny Thrasher to one winner who knows their Christmas literature! 

So here's the deal.  Below I have listed 5 opening lines of Christmas stories, and the first person to match the most correct titles with the opening line wins! To enter the contest, comment below with 1) your email address 2) your answers and 3) any Christmas reading traditions your family might have or had growing up.  The contest will close on Friday morning, and I will email the winner directly and post the results here.  Good luck!!
1) "The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world."

2) “'Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,' [she] grumbled, lying on the rug."

3) "One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all."

4) "The gate was packed with weary travelers, most of them standing and huddled along the walls because the meager allotment of plastic chairs had long since been taken." 

5) "Marley was dead, to begin with."

Instead of the joy-filled celebrations that we build up in our minds, the holidays (pick one, any one) can often become stress-filled, money-draining, joy-less days of the year that we just "want to get through." And it is by our own volition that we have refused too many times to allow our holiday celebrations to be the spiritual experience they are meant to be.

This book has been conceived and designed over 30 years as Dr. Bill Thrasher has spoken to thousands of people, helping them realize the spiritual battle that surrounds their celebration of the holidays. Littered with practical thoughts, ideas, experiences, and stories,
Putting God Back in the Holidays will help you and your family celebrate holidays and birthdays with biblical truth in mind.


  1. My email is jcwinter.mbi@gmail.com

    1)The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    2)Little Women (one of my favorite ones :)

    3) The Gift of the Magi

    4) Skipping Christmas

    5) The Christmas Carol!!

    In my family we always read the Christmas story from the book of Luke as we enjoy breakfast and before we open presents. One year my mom read the Christmas Carol out loud to us the weeks before Christmas. May Jesus bless you this Christmas and teach you more about Him!

  2. my email is: aiming.4him@yahoo.com

    1) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. This is such a great story. Everyone can relate to it!
    2) Little Women by Lousia May Alcott. This is where my name comes from. My sister Wendy from "Peter Pan" and my sister Heidi, from "Heidi"
    3)The Gift of the Magi by O.Henry. What a truly wonderful book.
    4)Skipping Christmas by John Girsham. I really enjoyed this book by Mr. Girsham
    5)A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I so love this story.

    Since my kids where young, we open one gift on Christmas Eve, always a book that one of us as bought for the whole family to read and enjoy. To bring us together and put our thoughts on God. It is always an uplifting book, centered on the true meaning of Christmas. Sometimes the book is not a Christmas book at all, but one that has taught us to live the Christmas Spirit through the year. God Bless you all for putting Christ back in Christmas!


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