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Merry Christmas!

24 Dec

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35 Bizarre Christmas Traditions

23 Dec

35 Bizarrest Christmas Traditions

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Where art thou, Mother Christmas?

22 Dec

 

 

Happy National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

21 Dec

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith

18 Dec

God’s light shines in all of His creations, from the Star of Bethlehem, to the angel proclaiming Christ’s birth, to the Son of God Himself—the light of the world.

Through this light, He illuminates darkness, gives us guidance, and shows us how to love one another.


Experience the rich artwork and inspirational messages of A Christmas Story of Light this holiday season and let God’s light bring you the brightness of hope.

 

 

 

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The illustrations in A Christmas Story of Light are absolutely gorgeous. Children and adults alike would enjoy them throughout the season. The message that the author conveys about Jesus being the reason for Christmas is a great one and can never be told too often. I’m not sure what age this book is supposed to be for but even with the beautiful illustrations, it won’t keep the attention of children. There are a lot of words here for children to read or to listen to. Even so, I may get a hard copy of this book for Christmases to come just for the illustrations.

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About the Author

Ora is an artist, genealogist, seamstress, lover of a good book, traveler, antiquer, upcycler, and history buff. She’s one of those people who always has a project she’s excited about. Although she’s lived in Arizona since 1986, she spent her early life in Lake Tahoe, California, where her passion to write blossomed on a tranquil riverbank with a beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
She recently received her Master of Arts in Nonfiction Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She also writes children’s books and historical fiction. In 2013, she placed first in a short-story writing contest sponsored by Writers Unite to Fight Cancer, in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Creative Writing Center at Arizona State University. Her historical novel, White Oak River, won first place in the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest sponsored by Christian Writers of the West (an ACFW affiliate).
Ora’s been a wife and mother for more than thirty-six years, raising four sons and one daughter. She has the three cutest grandchildren in existence.
For more than twenty years Ora’s taught family history research at conferences and to individuals. Read an article she wrote for the online magazine, Almost an Author, about “Using Ancestor’s Stories in Fiction.” Also visit her blog, Writing About Ancestors, to learn how you can write about your ancestors.
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As a mother, genealogist, artist, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, Ora blends her understanding and unique skills to create faith inspired stories that she hopes will give others an added testimony of God’s goodness.

 

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Christmas in the Heart

8 Dec

Book Review: Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer by GJ Barnes

5 Dec

Title: Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer
Author: G J Barnes
Illustrator: Chris Sorensen
Release Date: 4th December 2017
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 24
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43020585-scampy-doodle-and-the-reindeer

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scampy-Doodle-Reindeer-G-Barnes-ebook/dp/B07KC2NY77

 

Scampy Doodle is a happy go lucky black dog who has a strong nose for adventure.

It’s Christmas Eve and Scampy Doodle is fast asleep when he is woken by a strange noise coming from the chimney. Discover what happens when he goes to investigate and gets the greatest surprise of his life!

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What an adorable Christmas book! On Christmas Eve, Scampy Doodle is awakened by Father Christmas. He and his reindeer are having a few small problems so Scampy Doodle helps them out and in the morning, he gets a surprise in his stocking!

Not only is this a cute book for Christmas time but it is a good way for children in the US, where I’m located, to learn about some of the differences and similarities on how Christmas is celebrated in different countries. Father Christmas is called Santa here but the biggest difference I noticed is that whisky is left for Father Christmas instead of milk!

I recommend Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer but it does need a good edit.

 

 

 

About the Author

As my daughter got older we used to (and still do) tell each other stories in the car about our family dog Scamp. Scamp had been neglected as a puppy and was rescued by my parents and became our family pet.

He was a little bit crazy (he used to try and get up on the table to lick up crumbs after a meal) but he was always happy to see you and always there for a cuddle whenever anyone needed one.

In many ways he was more like a human being, standing up on his back legs, drinking cups of tea out of a cup off the coffee table.

So I decided to write some of our stories down to share with others, the first one being Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer.

 

Website: https://www.scampydoodle.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/scampyd

 

 

Book Review: How Santa Changed by Karl Steam

24 Nov

Santa wasn’t always a jolly old fellow. He was young and made plenty of mistakes too. But most have forgotten this part of his life, the part that explains so much. Few have heard the story of how Santa changed. 

Think you know Santa? Think again. Discover what Santa was like when he was young and the events that helped him become the jolly man we like so much. 

How Santa Changed is a story that explains many of the familiar things we associate with Santa Claus and Christmas, such as:
Why does Santa use reindeer to pull his sleigh? 
Why do elves help him make toys? 
Why does Santa have a white beard?
Why does he walk with jolly and cheer?

Mrs. Claus is not left out either. If readers pay close attention, they will discover some of the strategies that helped her become the most famous baker in history.

This book contains timeless lessons for both children and adults. It’s a holiday story that loved ones will want to read year after year.

 

Free kindle download Nov. 24 and 25 and Dec. 23 – 25

 

 

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

How Santa Changed is a children’s book about how Santa became the Santa we know today. According to this story, he started out making toys and delivering them himself. As he got older and the world’s population grew, he had to get more help. As Santa grew, so did Mrs. Claus. When they first got married, her cookies didn’t taste very good but over the years, she perfected her recipe. Once she did that, Santa never had a flat belly again.

The text is cute and rhymes and the illustrations are colorful and very well done. How Santa Changed is a great book for children to read this time of year. It’d also be a good book for parents to read to younger children because the illustrations will keep their interest. 

 

 

 

About the Author

Previously a junior high school teacher, Karl Steam is now the author of the Kids vs. Nature series. Other works include Purple Pup and How Santa Changed. He lives in the Upper Midwest, with his wife and four children.

Websitewww.karlsteam.com

 

Book Review: Schmuck the Buck by Exo Books

27 Aug

Larry was just your regular caribou, who was cruelly excluded from his crew. He and his kin happened to be the sole Jewish reindeer in the North Pole. Larry was bullied and treated the worst way, until his plan saved one Christmas Day.

A contemporary satirical take on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Schmuck the Buck introduces Larry, a young Jewish reindeer. He overcomes his awkward and sometimes painful youth to save Christmas. His tale of acceptance and inclusion is sure to warm the hearts of anyone who loves Christmas, Hanukkah, both, or simply the festive spirit of the holiday season. Sixty-two pages of vibrant illustrations bring his story to life. A unique modern addition to any holiday library.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a funny twist on the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer story. Poor Larry is made fun of by the other caribou and the exclude him from everything and nickname him Schmuck. But when there is a crisis on Christmas Eve, he’s the one who steps up to the plate and saves Christmas! Santa is so pleased with him that Larry gets to ride in Santa’s sleigh.

Schmuck the Buck is full of vividly colorful illustrations, rhyming text, and actually made me laugh at loud a couple of times. Rather than a children’s book, this is more of a book for the whole family whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, or anytime.

 

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From the back cover:

Meet Schmuck the Buck, just a regular caribou.
He liked to east grass and then chew and chew and chew.
Yet he and his kin happened to be the sole
Jewish reindeer living in the North Pole.
Schmuck was bullied and treated the worst way,
Until his brilliant plan saved one Christmas day. 
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Merry Christmas

25 Dec

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