Ah, it’s December again. The air feels festive, and Christmas Day is just around the corner. All my decorations are up. What about you? My family and I try to keep the decorations simple because the simpler they are, the faster it will be to put them away come January.
Besides decorating for Christmas, what else do you do in December? My son is home from college for his semester break, so I’m happy we can have family time together. Our family is small, but we get together with my mother-in-law in the next town over. I don’t know what we’ll have for dinner this Christmas. Probably ham, and maybe turkey again. What about you? What do you usually eat at Christmas gatherings? I’m resisting apple and pumpkin pies, but it might be futile. LOL.
What about reading? Do you have time to read at all this December? As for me, I don’t only read Christmas stories in December, nor do I only watch Christmas movies in the Christmas season. What about you? I though it’d be fun to ask you, dear readers, what you like to read this time of year. Do you go all festive and only read 100% Christmas books in December? Do you mix it up with the latest publications from your favorite authors?
Question #1 for the Giveaway: What books are you reading in December?
In my current reading basket, I am toggling between two non-fiction books on productivity. I have so many things to do every day that I can get ridiculously swamped. So my goal for 2021 is time management. I am reading a lot of materials on time management as they pertain to God’s calling for my life. Of course, God is the Master of time. Not only did He create time, but He also assigns things to time. For example, we know that every hair on our head is numbered.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7).
Another book I am reading is the Bible. Yes, I have been trying to read through the Bible in one year. I am still in Exodus, and it has been a very slow trek across the desert. That’s okay because I am not reading one chapter a day. I am only reading one passage each time, and I like to “camp out” in verses with lessons I need to learn. I know that might sound like I am camping out on every single verse of the Bible. However, I read as God leads. As it is, it could take me several years to read through the Bible in one year!
Question #2 for the Giveaway: What are your favorite Bible verses for Christmas?
My go-to Scripture for Christmas is Luke 2. However, there are are many other verses that point to the Messiah. I am also mindful that Christmas is just the beginning. Jesus Christ’s greatest work was at the cross when He carried the sins of the world and saved us from eternal doom. We all know that the greatest gift of all that money cannot buy is what God has given us through Jesus Christ. This salvation in Christ is the best thing ever for humankind.
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:21-23).
To celebrate Christmas, I am giving away a US$5 gift card from Amazon in a random drawing. Hope you’ll find yourself a nice ebook to read this Christmas time, a stocking stuffer for yourself. Have a cup of hot cocoa and happy reading. I think this gift card only works in the USA. So if you’re outside the USA and you do not have an account on Amazon.com, and your name gets drawn, I’ll send you my ebooks of equivalent value. Please be sure to answer both giveaway questions. Thank you.
Please note that the giveaway submissions end on December 13, 2020.
Until we meet again next month in my January 2021 blog post, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year!
May your Christmas be bright with the love of Jesus Christ!