Believe it or not the end of the year is fast approaching. I hope all of you have finished your Christmas shopping and are ready for a nice stress free time to celebrate the birth of Christ. I also hope many of you are excited about the new year just around the corner. I am having a giveaway to celebrate this time of year. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of Crossway I am privileged to giveaway two copies of one of my favorite books to come out the past few years – Note To Self: The Discipline of Preaching To Yourself by Joe Thorn. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and have read through it at least three times in my devotional time the past year. I plan on going through it again after the first of the year because this habit of preaching to yourself is so vital a habit to practice and develop for every believer.
So here is how you can win. Comment below with your favorite Christmas memory. Tweet about the giveaway (be sure to include @pastortodd78 in the tweet so I can see it). Facebook about the giveaway and leave a comment telling me that you did. Finally you can sign up to follow the blog here at Pastortodd78.com and earn an entry that way.
To kick things off with Christmas memories I will share one of my favorites. Growing up Christmas Eve was always special. When my sister and I were young we would sit on our dad’s lap and he would read the Night Before Christmas to us, then the real story of Christmas from the Gospel of Luke. As we got older we continued that tradition, but not sitting in his lap, and we added a special dinner for Christmas Eve. We each got to pick one favorite thing to be part of dinner. We wound up with some pretty eclectic meals as a result. Well when I was in the fourth grade we moved from one town to another over Christmas break because my dad had taken a new job. The move was only about 15 miles away and we even moved a decorated Christmas tree and wrapped presents. Well on Christmas Eve we were all exhausted so we gathered in the den in our new house, ate burgers from Wendys©, watched Scrooge all snuggled together on the couch and then my dad read to us. It was one of the more simple Christmas Eve’s but it was one of my favorites.