End Of Year Giveaway

17 Dec

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 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.


Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Giveaway


4 responses to “End Of Year Giveaway

  1. 'Guerite ~ BoldLion

    December 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I just tweet this,share this on facebook, and also share this on Google+. (All of them are under my real name that is Marguerite Harrell).

    My favorite Christmas memory was flying home from the private boarding oral school for the deaf in St. Louis, MO to Raleigh-Durham (RDU), NC for Christmas vacation. That was in the year of 1973-1980, and I was 8 years old until 15 years old. We the whole family would get together for the Christmas Eve celebration since that happened to be my daddy’s birthday as well. Yes, we do celebrate on Jesus’s birthday, and my oldest sister’s birthday too on Christmas Day together when possible since some of my sibling were already married. My birthday happened to be on Dec 30th and we too would celebrate that before I go back to the private boarding school after the New Year.

    My parents were very wise what to get me for Christmas. I always wanted an Old English Sheep Dog even when I cannot take him with me to the private boarding school with me. Yes, they gave me an Old English Sheep Dog, but it was a puppet that you put your hand in there instead of the real Old English Sheep Dog.

    Merry Christmas!
    ‘Guerite ~ BoldLion (Marguerite Harrell)

  2. Jay Dharan

    December 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Thank you for this offer. I hail from a Hindu home in India and though I have been a Christian for ten years now, I am yet to celebrate Christmas in our home. You can pray for my parents to be saved. My favourite Christmas memory so far has been getting on Skype and being with an American family for Christmas last year. We talked, laughed, and of course they had all the wonderful food they made. Still I count it dear as it was for the first time, I got to be with a family on Christmas day. Praise God for His family and that we are graciously made members of it. The price was costly and the prize won for us inestimable. Praise Him for giving us His Son.. God bless you and merry Christmas.


  3. Vanessa

    December 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I follow your blog.

  4. Vanessa

    December 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Each year, my brother gives me a special Christmas ornament to represent something that has happened in our lives that year. It has become a favorite tradition. He started the year I was born and has continued ever since!


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