3rd Day of Christmas Giveaway…..with Melissa Taylor

Attention Weight Loss Wednesday gals….Do not fear! We are still checking in today. Just scroll down past this 12 Days of Christmas interview to see our WLW post. After, of course, you’ve entered today’s giveaway!

(If you are just joining us in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, click here to get caught up. You can enter to win the prizes on any of the posts until midnight EST on Sunday, December 13th) 

On the third day of Christmas…..meet my gregarious, godly and oh-so-pretty P31 sista’ Melissa Taylor! Melissa’s heart for Jesus and love of people comes through in all she does, whether she is speaking at an event or writing a devotion or answering the phones in the P31 office (I actually can ‘hear’ her smile through the phone when I call!). She is a treasure to us at P31 and now you can know her too! Meet Melissa:



Melissa and her sweet mom
Melissa and her sweet momHi Karen’s blog readers and Merry Christmas! I am Melissa Taylor and I’m so excited to be included in this year’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!


I live in Charlotte, NC with my husband of 20 years, Jeff, and my 4 crazy fun and beautiful kids.  Speaking and writing for the Lord is my passion.  I’ve been doing that with Proverbs 31 Ministries for 8 years. I have a desire to encourage every woman I meet to be all that God created her to be and not to settle for anything less! Two years ago I also joined the staff at Proverbs 31 as the office Administrative Assistant and Prayer Coordinator.  I am an ordinary everyday woman who just wants to bless others with what God has given me. 

If you’d like to connect with me, please visit my website, www.MelissaTaylor.org.  You can also connect with me on Facebook, www.facebook.com/melissa.r.taylor or Twitter, www.twitter.com/melissartaylor.  Thanks so much!  I pray you have an awesome Christ filled holiday!

Melissa, can you share a tradition your family has enjoyed over the years?

We get bowls of popcorn and M & M’s  get in the car, turn on Christmas music and drive around the city looking at Christmas lights.   I love this because it’s just me, my husband and kids all together.  No cell phones or iPods allowed.  We’ve had great conversations during this once a year journey.

How do you intentionally focus on Christ in the midst of all the flurry of activities that happen in December?

Beginning December 1st, we read from The Advent Book by Jack and Kathy Stockman right after dinner.  Each page reveals a door. You open the door and a piece of the Christmas story is there.  Whoever opens the door reads the passage for that day. And you aren’t allowed to peek ahead!  This is just one of a few activities our family does.

Do you have a favorite Christmas movie you watch at this time of year?

Absolutely.  It’s A Wonderful Life is my favorite serious feel good movie of the season.  Home Alone 1 and 2 are my favorite seasonal comedies.  Love these!

You are offering a creative giveaway today based on a special memory of yours. Can you tell us about it? 

With pleasure.  My giveaway is called Peppermint Memories and Music.  When I was a little girl, I used to visit my Grammy for Christmas. She always had peppermint sticks in a dish to give to anyone who visited her home. Grammy was a friend of Jesus. Her life radiated Christ. Now we have a dish with these peppermint sticks in it.  When we offer them to guests, we tell them of Grammy and her love for Jesus.  So ladies, if you are today’s winner, you will receive from me:  Grammy’s special peppermint sticks, a Christmas dish, and a $15 iTunes cards to purchase your favorite music.  Merry Christmas! 

Thanks for visiting with us today Melissa!

Alright ladies, leave a comment today with your favorite Christmas tradition, most loved holiday movie or way to focus on Christ at Christmas. Or, since Melissa’s giveaway involves candy, your favorite homemade or store-bought candy to savor while you ponder our Saviour at Christmastime. Or,  if you really need to get OFF the computer and onto life, (like I should be doing right now!!!) just say, “I’m in!!” and you’ll be eligible to win this creative giveaway!

Third Day Blessings,


  1. I love peppermint candy nice story with grandma, thanks for sharing. I just lost mine 6months ago. Your comment evoked nice memories.

  2. Hey, I know another Melissa Taylor that lives in Charlotte, NC.
    She sells real estate.

    Anyway, when my kids were little we always had a birthday party for Jesus. We invited friends over for lunch, did a craft, had a devotional and had birthday cake. The decorations all had a special meaning of Christ. My 11 year old daughter mentioned this year, “I bet you miss doing that with us, don’t you mom?” I may miss it but she will remember it and the reason for Christmas and that is the most important thing for me. My children know Jesus and will someday in heaven be able to reach out and touch him.

  3. My husband thinks it is not Chrismas without “It’s a Wonderful Life.” And he and our youngest daughter can quote almost the whole movie.

  4. I love Puppy Chow for people! It is Chex cereal with Chocolate on top and powdered sugar. It’s great. I need to make some for our trip up to MI.

  5. I have many Christmas movies that I enjoy. I will have to say that my boys love Frosty the Snowman and The Polar Express.

  6. love watching… “a Charlie Brown Christmas” & “the Sound of Music” with my (now adult) kids & hubby.
    enjoy eating… frosted sugar cookies, mom’s peanut blossoms & peppermint bark!

  7. Okay, day 2 post I put that fannie mae candy that my mom and I make are my absolute fav!! However, I do have a major sweet tooth, and puppy chow comes into a very close 2nd place. I have some at home right now, and it is hard to resist every time I walk through the kitchen(especially being 8 months pregnant, I want to eat the whole tub)!!!

  8. Whoops, I am getting confused on what I am posting on!!! I only got three hours of sleep last night ladies, and it shows!! Pray for my final this afternoon. My favorite Christmas movie is Elf hands down :)

  9. My favorite Christmas tradition is cooking our family’s traditional Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Christmas Eve dinner with my Nana. She is 90 this year and doesn’t cook anymore, but I still look forward to this special time with her.
    Plus the recipe is really quite delicious :)

  10. Every year, my 3 children look forward to making special cookie creations for each family member we visit. Now our grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins look forward to their cookie “gifts.”

  11. My new favorite candy at Christmas is this huge, handmade candy cane I found in a little store in a little town in North GA. Yummy! I’m excited that I get to back to that little town tomorrow so I can get some more.

    Julie =)

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