Looking for a Christmas read that will make your soul feel merry and bright?
Let me introduce you to Candy Canes and Christmastime. Compiled by the lovely Linda Hoffman Kimball. This is her newest book, out just in time for the holidays. Full of insightful, uplifting essays, that remind us how to live. How to navigate all the hustle, bustle, grabbing and giving, of Christmas in the modern world.
I am honored to have my name tucked into her list of authors. A short essay I wrote on spiritual poverty and our need for a Savior. Other more notable contributors you might know: Kel George, Kristine Haglund, Claudia Bushman, Louise Plummer, Shelah Mastny Miner, and Jessie Christensen.
I’d like to give away a copy here (yes, one more giveaway!). Just leave a comment at the end of this post. I’ll choose a winner Tuesday morning and send your book out right away. So you can enjoy a few chapters before the big day.
We tore open the boxes and poured peppermint sticks into bowls…
Recruited our neighbors, the Sorensens, to join us. Then waited for the troops to come.
Cute Cole gave me some of the best smiles. He was so excited to be a part of the magic.
I mean who wouldn’t want one of his floppy candy canes? Already loved and ready to go.
Yes, they came. All our favorite neighbor friends.
Ones we know well, and ones we don’t. Familiar or not, the smiles spread, backpacks jostled and jangled, and the kids came running.
Our darling neighbor (and babysitter) Abby, put her arms around all three of the girls and gave them a big squeeze.
“Can we take two?” the older boys asked. But of course.
It was a warm, glittery afternoon. So unusual for December.
By 3:30 PM, the sun was already low, slanting across the street, leaving circles of light in my lens.
And sweet, sweet Lucy, who usually brings up the rear, couldn’t believe her luck. One of each flavor!”Whenever we are neighborly and welcoming, whenever we learn to overlook differences and decide that love is better than judgement,we celebrate Him.” – Libby Boss, Candy Canes and Christmastime
If you’re doing the #24DaysofGiving, we’d love to hear about it. And don’t forget to leave a comment if you’d like a chance to win a copy of Linda’s book. I’ll even include a candy cane!
P.S. Elissa! You won the copy of Good Pictures Bad Pictures. Send an email with your full name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send it out! And if you entered the drawing at Power of Moms, check the thread. Winners were posted Wednesday!