and a choice of 1 of other book in her Amazon collection. I want to remind everyone to check out The Christmas Books Giveaway Hop, the Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop & The Before Happily Ever After Blog Tour, all going on right now. Also make sure to enter award-winning author Crystal Marcos’s giveaway for a Kindle Fire (or $150 Amazon gift card) and more!Also if you missed it, I am on The Loopy Librarian today on my blog tour. For a full list of tour dates click here.
I’m excited to be a part of this hop! I will be giving away a paperback copy of Lionel’s Christmas Adventure (Filled with great Christmas imagery, this book is perfect for young readers and school or family story time) to a US/Canada resident, and a choice of any of my three ebooks to one lucky international winner. Julia is kindly giving away a copy of her BRAND NEW release Caarina the Cooking Fairy! This is so great! This clever fantasy adventure, sprinkled with word play and more than a dash of fabulous fairy fun for all will delight and amaze you and best of all you can get it her first! Since this is a Holiday Hop, I’d like to share a family tradition of mine that we did every year when my brothers and I were growing up.
We have a very small family and they are very spread out. So anything we did, it was generally just the five of us, my parents, my two older brothers, and me. Occasionally Grandparents visited for Christmas, but this was the exception, not the rule.
My mother felt very strongly about keeping the meaning of Christmas at the forefront of our holiday. Our tradition took place on Christmas Eve. Every Christmas Eve we would gather together around the tree, turn off all the lights (except on the tree), light candles and read Bible verses. My mother picked out the verses that she felt best highlighted the meaning of Christmas. They all had to do with Joseph, Mary, and the birth of Jesus. Each family member took their turn reading a verse.
We concluded this tradition by singing Christmas songs, again, ones that highlighted the spirit of Chirstmas. Songs such as Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and so on. At the conclusion of the singing, we would make a plate of cookies for Santa and be shuffled off to bed for a long night of tossing and turning in anticipation of Santa Claus coming.
Sadly, as my brothers and I have gotten older, had our own families, and spread farther out, this tradition has died away. We are lucky to be able to all get together for Christmas (something that hasn’t happened in years) let alone for this Christmas Eve tradition. Yet, with all things, it never really dies if its memory is kept alive. In this case, it really is kept alive as my Grandma (she’s 94 now) loves to break out the audio tapes of the Christmas Eve activities that she was at and recorded on a handheld recorder. Also, in this case, the memory is much better than the actual recording. I’m sure we were better singers than that.
Thanks s much for joining Julia, Sher, and me in participating in this wonderful Kids Books Holiday Blog Hop. I enjoyed telling and reliving this family tradition. I hope it sparked some enjoyable memories for you. Make sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win Julia’s or my books. Be sure to check out all the other great blogs on the linky. It is a wonderful opportunity to enter to win some fantastic books for the children in your life. What could be a better gift than the gift of reading to a child this Christmas? Oh, and be sure to leave us a comment telling us your family holiday traditions.