For You and Your Kin

23 Dec

Earlier this afternoon our family exchanged gifts, and now I want to share a little of that giving and receiving mood with you, our readers.  That’s right, it’s time for our first ever Giveaway!  Okay, so we’ve given away virtual certificates, used turtlenecks, and bragging rights before, but this is for real.  An actual object, to a random commenter.

What will it be, you ask?

Don’t worry Abe, it’s not your hand-me-down Christmas socks.  Remember, we already tried rewarding people with used apparel, it wasn’t a huge success.

How about our boys’ favorite stocking stuffer . . .

three-packs of invisible tape.  It would be my favorite stocking stuffer too, if it were actually invisible.

No?  Well, how about Cindy Lou Who from When the Grinch Stole Christmas?

Sorry, we’re keeping our girl and her curl.  We might be willing to part with our new vegetable serving dish.

Pete’s always giving us an ear full.  Of peas.

It is Friday, after all, so I suppose it would be most fitting to give away a book.  And, I know just the one:

The Very First Christmas  by Paul Maier is a standard around these parts.  My sister even mentioned it earlier.

Look, it won a pretty sticker for excellence in Evangelical Christian Literature.

In addition to being a professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and one of the Vice Presidents of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod, Dr. Maier was Jerry’s Pastor when he was in college.  He’s written several entertaining, and informative books aimed at adults, but in this children’s book he puts to rest some of the myths of the Christmas story and gives an historically accurate rendering of the story.

The illustrations are quite lovely, and just learned that the artist, Francisco Ordaz also worked on E.T. and Return of the Jedi.  So, there’s that.

And how does one win this glorious book?

Well, here at the blog we’re kind of selfish, so we want to something in return.  We want to pick your brain.  That’s right, in order to be entered in this giveaway you need to leave one (1) comment with the answer to the following question:

What is your favorite Christmas Book?

Old or new, for young or aged, based in fact or fiction.  We’re not picky.  And if you don’t have a favorite seasonal tale just name any ol’ book that floats your boat.  And if there are no books that you enjoy, then you might want to rethink your interest in this giveaway, but I’ll leave that up to you.

Since we’re going to be living life unplugged for the next week-plus, this giveaway is open until 2012.  That’s right, you have until December 31, 2011 at 11:59 to get in the game.  We won’t announce the winner until next year.  But don’t worry.  It will still be Christmas.

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5 Responses to “For You and Your Kin”

  1. carissa December 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Polar Express… so many memories.

  2. Ann December 24, 2011 at 5:24 am #

    My very favourite has to be “Letters from Father Christmas” by JRR Tolkien (yep the hobbit man). He wrote them to his children over about 15 years – complete with drawings and beautifully illustrated envelopes. They’ve been collected and published several times, but the most recent ed, is the most complete. Part of my getting-ready for Christmas tradition is reading them again. And I’ve copied the idea – I write a Santa letter to my little boy every Christmas (well, it’s only been 4 so far, but who’s counting!)

  3. aestueve December 24, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    It is Van Allsburg’s Polar Express for me too . . . I still get choked up at the ending when the boy’s little sister no longer hears the bell ring, but he does. I like to think I’m that boy who still hears the bell ring and I hope I’ve put enough imagination and faith in the unseen in my children that both of them will hear that bell ringing well into their 90s and beyond. But Polar Express is firmly tied with A Christmas Carol by Dickens. Any Christmas story that begins with the slightly disturbing lines:

    Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.
    Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

    And then manages to go on and tell an engrossing, endearing, enduring, tender-hearted Christmas story is something to be admired.

  4. Amy December 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    I’m a pretty big fan of The Book of Luke, specifically Chapter 2. It’s great.

  5. Kathy December 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    I think my favorite is The Littlest Angel. It’s been *years* since I read it, but I do remember always being excited when it was pulled out of the box and put in the magazine holder beside the couch. Merry Christmas to everyone!

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