Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with Phylicia Masonheimer)
Welcome to our seventh day of fun in my 12th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! If you’re just joining in, be sure to start at Day 1 here.
I’m so happy to introduce you to a newer friend of mine, Phylicia Masonheimer, who is an author and theology geek who just happens to live in my home state of Michigan. (Did ya know our state is America’s high five?) I first found Phylicia on Instagram and I love following her. She is a wealth of information on all things theology, with some other fun home and family topics thrown in.
But before we get to the prize she is offering, here is today’s tip for the season.
Day 7: Our favorite holiday books for kids
Each year, we keep all of our Christmas books in an antique desk drawer on our hearth that serves as a basket. Then, these books can be read to any kids who are over.
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
My friend Lori wrote this whimsical story that has become a Christmas classic.
One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish.
Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?
Vibrant illustrations by Richard Cowdrey bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas?for many Christmases to come.
The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
A sweet book based on the classic song. A procession travels to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the Christ child. A little boy comes along but he is unable to afford a gift suitable for the king. What can he give the newborn baby? Vivid and gorgeous illustrations make this story come alive. Music for the song appears at the back of the book.
The Night Tree by Eve Bunting
Our kids loved this book and I have given it as a gift several times. It tells the tale of how, by moonlight in the quiet forest, a young boy and his family decorate their favorite tree with popcorn, apples, tangerines, and sunflower-seed balls as a gift for the animals of the woods. This book is beautifully illustrated and your kids will want to go out to the forest to find and decorate their own night tree.
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
In this timeless bestseller, readers experience the tender love God has for those who feel alone and different. Joshua was a lamb with a crippled leg who felt left out because he couldn’t run and play like the other lambs. But God had a very special plan for Joshua’s life, as He does for all who feel alone. Readers can expect a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb’s prayers are answered in an amazing way. Original oil-painting illustrations capture the beauty and warmth of this endearing story.
Merry Christmas, Curious George by Margaret and H.A. Rey
It’s Christmastime! And that mischievous monkey Curious George has just the spirit for it. He can’t wait to help his best friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat, pick out a Christmas tree. But as usual, George’s antics get in the way. Hiding in a tree’s branches, he finds himself delivered to the local children’s hospital, where he cheers up the children and also gets to meet a jolly man in a bright red suit.
The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
Liz is a dear friend and a prolific author. I love her four seasonal parables for kids. This one is for winter. The Pine Tree Parable tells the heartwarming tale of a farmer and his family who nurture tiny seedlings into fragrant Christmas trees.
When the trees are tall enough to offer to their neighbors, the farmer’s wife plans to keep the most beautiful pine tree for her family, until one snowy December night when a child teaches her the true meaning of Christmas.
Day 7 Giveaway
My guest today is Phylicia Masonheimer. She’s giving away a copy of her Safe to Feel: A 30 Day Devotional for Women Who Struggle with Affection, along with a $15 Amazon gift card.
Giveaway rules are listed below. Enjoy!
Phylicia Masonheimer teaches Christian women how to know what they believe and live it boldly. She is a blogger, podcast host, and speaker. Her writing focuses on discerning truth in culture and letting that truth draw us nearer to God. Phylicia lives in northern Michigan with her husband and children. Connect with Phylicia at Phyliciamasonheimer.com.
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DAY 7 GIVEAWAY QUESTION:
Do you have a favorite Christmas book. If not, how about the Christmas song you love the most?
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Day 1 with Candace Cameron Bure
One of my favorite Christmas carols is “O come, O come Emmanuel.”
“Mary, Did You Know?” is one of my favorites ?
The Christmas song I love the most is Mary, Did You Know, or O Holy Night. I love quite a few of them. It is hard to pick a favorite.
I need this devotional. This is something I struggle with constantly. I’m not good at being affectionate at all. IDK why things have changed…
The Tale of the Three Trees.
One of my favorites as a child was Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad (one of the Little Critter books). One of our traditions is always to read the Night Before Christmas story before bed on Christmas Eve.
The Small One by Alex Walsh
The Legend of the Candy Cane is one of my favorites.
I love the song Silent Night and Away in the Manager
We love all things Curious George and honestly have not heard of the other titles mentioned. I am eager to seek them out and share the stories with my children. Thank you for sharing. ?
My all time favorite Christmas book is “The Crippled Lamb”. Every time I read it big tears well up in my eyes. My daughter has multiple special needs. When she and I read this book together it reminds us of God’s grace and goodness for us. And how God will use all us just as we’re created for His Glory if we’ll allow Him. Surrender and being available to our Lord is the key to joyful living.
I absolutely LOVE “A Christmas Carol”! It is so amazing!
The Little Lost Sock is a favorite Christmas book , written by a local author! It’s a fun one to read aloud.
I ama big fan of the Polar Express! This is a really hard question. Celeste
There are so many Christmas songs that I love, but I think my favorite is “Oh Holy Night.” My favorite book is “The Christmas Box.”
My favorite Christmas book is the Polar Express, and my favorite song is Step into Christmas
The Legend of the Candy Cane is one of our very favorites. I taught school years ago and taught all levels in my career as a teacher and I used it each year with every level I taught. I would then give the students a candy cane. When my kids were little we read it at home and hung candy canes on the tree. I did that with my grandchildren too.
I really like the song Silent Night.
I love all the classic Christmas books! So much so, that each year I wrap books to give to our granddaughter for her to enjoy through the advent season.
I love A Christmas Carol! And the Night Before Christmas is a close second!
A Charlie Brown Christmas. I don’t want to go a year without reading it, singing it, and watching it. ?
I actually love the night before Christmas. My parents read it every year and I continue reading it to my kids every year.
Itsy Bitsty Christmas by Max Lucado
The Parable of the Christmas Tree. I actually love this entire series by Liz Curtis Higgs. So heart warming ??
My favorite movie is Th Nativity Story, not a book or a song….