I'm one of those people that likes to start Christmas the minute the turkey is eaten on Thanksgiving. I like my tree up, my nativity set out, the decorations glittering and all of that. But this year was a little tough to do that because we've all gone down for the count with a nasty virus. When one of us feels a tiny bit better, we drag ourselves out of wherever we're burrowing and scavenge food for the others. Then we burrow again. Our only decoration up so far is the Christmas wreath on the front door because that only took five seconds. So it's been that kind of week.
But last night, I finally got to experience my first taste of Christmas when I pulled this out to read again:
After you read it the first time, you must go back through and simply absorb Jana's paintings. They are rich and simple and beautiful. My two favorites are here
Neither of them are straightforward Christmas pictures, but they make my spirit happy. So does this one:
It's a simple, powerful book and a new part of my permanent Christmas tradition. If you would like to make it part of yours, simply leave a comment on this post and you'll be entered to win this for yourself. I'll pick a winner on Friday. It makes a wonderful stocking stuffer for family members or a gift for someone you visit teach. You can purchase additional copies here.
As a side note, the story of how Jana made these paintings is wonderful. I love Christmas miracles, even when they happen in July. Charrette (a/k/a Jana Winters Parkin) tells the story here of what it took to get this book into our grubby little hands, and I love it. I love the message of hope and faith and perserverance, and how God steps in after everything we can do.
Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone. I hope you find signs of Christ every day this season.